New BBC comedy features fictional Dubai lead

Going Native follows stereotypes as they settle into UK life.
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A new BBC 3 comedy starring comic Mona Yousefi in all three leading roles is set to screen, with one of the lead characters a go-getting entrepreneur from Dubai.


The fly-on-the-wall mockumentary, Going Native, follows the lives of three recently-arrived women who have moved to the UK to start new lives. Yousefi's Dubai character, Tallah, is apparently something of a local celebrity. She says in her fictional biography: "On the Dubai version of the Apprentice I was the first person in four series not to have been hired or fired. HH Sheik Mohammed Wallah bin Rashood Maktoum al-Sugar III called me a “self-publicising, fame-at-any-price TV monster.” He said my ideas were 'dangerous.'"

Keeping the racial stereotyping as two dimensional as the screens on which it'll be watched, Tallah is joined settling into the UK by Natascha, a man-eating Russian seeking a man to be "My future ex husband. I hear pre-nups are less common in the UK than elsewhere in Europe," and naive young Japanese girl Wakana, a wannabe YouTube star who spends most of her first week being ripped off and taking photographs.

It should be a treat for those who yearn for the good old days of Mind Your Language, and following the unfortunate passing of Bernard Manning, and Jim Davidson's ongoing spot of bother with the law, looks like a welcome relief for those who's understated yet undeniable xenophobia has been missing a regular TV treat since the 70s.



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