The city centre saw some rare filming of a Birmingham based comedy last week when an unlikely fitness guru pounded the pavement as Adil Ray filmed scenes for BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan around the Colmore Business District.
The series is set in Birmingham, but is primarily filmed at Manchester’s Media City Studios, but the cast and crew spent a day filming some Birmingham location scenes for an episode featuring the Sparkhill Community Leader’s comical mission to get fit. Mr Khan was spotted ‘jogging’ around the Council House, Cathedral Park and Selly Oak Park.
Speaking of the upcoming series, Adil Ray, who plays Sparkhill’s self-appointed community leader said: “Mr Khan starts a fitness regime and finds himself training with son-in-law Amjad (Abdullah Afzal) around Birmingham. I wanted to film around the Council House, which is a beautiful part of Birmingham, and in one of the city’s parks. Most people would jog but Mr Khan just waddles and takes as many short cuts as possible in his bid to get fit.”
Adil was caught on camera by Birmingham’s public as many stopped to watch the filming and some grabbed selfies with their much loved community leader Mr Khan.
You can find out how Citizen Khan gets on with his fitness regime in the fourth series of Citizen Khan on BBC1 this Autumn.