Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is set to travel to Sri Lanka to examine his roots for a six episode entertainment series, which will air on BBC Three later this year.
Tentatively titled Romesh’s Return Ticket, Ranganathan ventures back to Sri Lanka, in a trip organised by his mother, where he’ll meet family friends and relations in an attempt. Said relations will take him to the must-see locations and will also be expecting him to take part in traditional rituals and customs. The six part series is being produced by RUMPUS, with Iain Wimbush serving as the executive producer.
“We are delighted to commission Romesh to front this show where the audience is really going to get to know one of the finest comedians in Britain”, commented Ed Sleeman, the BBC’s Commissioning Editor. “Across the series, we will watch the man from Crawley explore his heritage in Sri Lanka… whether he likes it or not. I can’t wait to see what happens!”
“I am both excited and nervous to be exploring the country of my heritage”, said Romesh Ranganathan. “My mum has long been frustrated with my lack of cultural understanding, and I am looking forward to her finally telling me that she loves me.”
While Executive Producer Iain Wimbush added: “Romesh is a huge talent and it’s an absolute privilege to be working with him on such a personal project. This is a series where the rules of the traditional travelogue go out the window as his guides won’t be fixers and guide books – they’ll be his own Sri Lankan family… who he neither knows nor understands. We’re very excited; he’s terrified.”