The House That Made Me

9:00pm Wednesday, December 29 on C4

Actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar returns to his childhood home: a flat above a launderette in Heston, West London, where his immigrant Hindu family moved when he was just two. Sanjeev retraces the fragments of his childhood through his parents’ very quirky flat. Against a backdrop of racial tension, the 1979 Southall riots and the presence of the National Front, Sanjeev developed his own form of escapism in comedy heroes, James Bond and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . His difficulty fitting in, and his parents’ high aspirations for him, were to map his future for the next decade.

9:00pm Thursday, December 23 on C4

Pop star and mother of two Jamelia returns to the Birmingham council estate where she grew up in with her mother and two half brothers. Jamelia charts the stages that led her to her own pop success: tracking down the beloved home karaoke machine on which she recorded the demo that sealed her first record deal. Jamelia and her mother draw parallels between their lives: strong, independent women, but both raising children alone and without long-term partners. She decides to confront her father, leading to a poignant and emotional meeting with the father she hasn’t seen in six years.

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