is a British
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series, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar
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, set in the fictional Teknobable call centre
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. The series was shot on location in India. The pilot first aired on ITV
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on 30 May 2007. The first series aired on ABC1
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(Australia) starting on 12 May 2009, and on ITV starting on 30 May 2009.
Kenny Gupta (Bhaskar), a British Indian
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accountant, is sent to a call centre in Mumbai by his boss, Philip Glass. His job is to turn it around and make it profitable. Kenny is joined by Glass' daughter, Tiffany, and local call centre manager Dev Raja (Ganatra).
After the pilot episode, Series 1 featured some major changes: Tiffany is replaced by Terri Johnson (Beaumont), and the call centre itself looks much more modern.
- Home Comforts
- Good Sellers
- Boy to Man
- Dating Season
- My Mate Mumbai
- All That Glitters is Not Glass
These seven new episodes were originally scheduled to be broadcast in a prime-time slot in ITV's 2008 Winter Schedule, however the channel changed its mind and put the episodes "on the shelf". As a result, the new episodes were first seen on HBO India in 2008 and did not appear on UK screens until the end of May 2009.
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, a US television sitcom with a similar premise.