The Buddha of Suburbia (TV serial)
Director Roger Michell
First episode date November 3, 1993
Number of episodes 4
Country United Kingdom
Genre Comedy, Drama
Final episode date November 24, 1993
|Release date 3 November 1993 (1993-11-03) â€“ 24 November 1993 (1993-11-24)|
Based on The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
Networks British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Two
Writers Hanif Kureishi, Roger Michell
Cast Naveen Andrews (Karim Amir), Jemma Redgrave, Nisha Nayar, Susan Fleetwood, Brenda Blethyn
Similar movies Beautiful Darling, Persuasion (Since 1995), The Acid House, Star-ving (2009), The Hunger (1997 â€“ 2000)
Bbc2 the buddha of suburbia trailer nov 1993
The Buddha of Suburbia is a 1993 British four-part television serial, directed by Roger Michell. Based on the novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi, the programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. The programme's music was written and performed by David Bowie.
Unable to find distribution in America, the series was given a limited engagement screening at The Public Theater in Manhattan from December 1994 to January 1995.
Karim Amir is a mixed-race 17-year-old who lives in a South London suburb during the 1970s. With an English mother and a Pakistani father, Karim is uncertain of his cultural identity. As his father becomes a kind of spiritual guru to the surrounding middle-class neighbours, Karim begins to explore his cultural roots with hopes that he will achieve sexual and racial self-realisation.
Segments for the series were filmed at Naveen Andrews' old school Emanuel School. The extras used in the series were real punks, skinheads, suedeheads, hippies, and musicians cast by actress Barbie Wilde.
The series features many songs from the seventies as well as music written and performed specifically for the series by David Bowie. While an album classified as the series' soundtrack was released on 8 November 1993, the tracks on the album are significantly reworked. The primary song that remains the same on the soundtrack album is the programme's theme song "The Buddha of Suburbia". A promotional music video was made for the song, featuring Bowie performing the song while strolling around an English suburb as scenes from the series are intercut throughout.
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