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Meera Syal

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Meera Syal

How I Found My Voice

Samira Ahmed speaks to the actor, comedian and writer Meera Syal. They speak about her life and career from growing up in a Punjabi household to pioneering comedy with Asian actors on the BBC through hit shows such as Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No.42.If you enjoy this podcast, we would love to know what you think. Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts.BUY TICKETS TO ATTEND OUR EXCLUSIVE LIVE RECORDING OF HOW I FOUND MY VOICE WITH SATIRIST IAN HISLOP AT 6PM ON 14 APRIL 2021:https://www.intelligencesquared.com/events/ian-hislop-on-his-life-career-and-the-power-of-satire/How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat.Follow us on Twitter for updates of upcoming episodes @intelligence2 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/howifoundmyvoice.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Feb 2021

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Meera Syal: Mr Cartwright, Spanish, guitar playing and Belgium | #3

My Best Teacher

In this episode of the new My Best Teacher podcast from Tes we chat to comedian Meera Syal about:Her favourite teacher and why he was so important to herAn unforgettable school trip to BelgiumWhy a visit to London helped opened her eyes to her future careerAnd why she has always held teachers in high esteem


5 Feb 2021

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Season 1 Episode 2: Meera Syal And Worlds Of Imagination

Brown Baby Podcast

This week, we talk to the incredible Meera Syal about being a parent to two kids of different ages and how each one presented new challenges and ways of being a parent. She talks about raising one as a single parent and another as a boy. She talks about her childhood in the Midlands and the world of imagination she built for herself, about role models in the industry and the impact of her work through the years, whether it be Goodness Gracious Me or her novel Anita And Me. She offers advice and solace in this episode that would have made Nikesh's mum proud!.Meera Syal is the star of so many seminal shows from Goodness Gracious Me to The Kumars At Number 42 to Broadchurch to The Split and more. She is the author of the novels Anita And Me and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee! Nikesh is a writer and editor, the author of 'Brown Baby'. Buy a copy of Brown Baby here: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshuklaHow do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.Buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshuklaSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-babySupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 Jan 2021

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Meera Syal as The Raver

Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave

She's Mrs Ordinary now. But offer her an E, and she might just bite your hand off. All because there's a hole she has to fill... #BattleOfRaveAll characters portrayed by the dramatic actors are fictional. This drama contains strong language and references to drug use. CreditsPerformed by Meera SyalWritten by Danny BrocklehurstProducer and Director: Gary BrownSound Design and Mixing: Steve BrookeEditor and Executive Producer: Ciaran Tracey


11 Sep 2020

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Episode 19 with Meera Syal

FRANK the Podcast

In this episode, Olivia and Maria welcome the immensely talented Meera Syal, as they talk about life as a single mum, how being friends first means longer-lasting relationships and the truth about Assisted Marriages. Get ready for lots of nuggets of wisdom such as the importance of fancying the pants off your partner, choosing your battles and how there's no such thing as "the whole package". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Oct 2019

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S5, Ep7 How to Fail: Meera Syal

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

This week, I welcome the multi-talented Meera Syal to the podcast: actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, producer and, most notably, sister-of-my-friend-Rajeev. Meera first came to prominence when she co-wrote and starred in the award-winning BBC comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and was Bafta-nominated for her later role in The Kumars at Number 42. She, along with her husband Sanjeev Bhaskar, almost single-handedly reinvented British-Asian comedy, taking it from the stereotypical and lazy racist tropes of old and bringing it brilliantly into the mainstream (I mean, who can forget the hilarious 'Going for an English' sketch? If you haven't seen it, YouTube it now). Meera joins me to talk about failing at maths (and having a bigoted teacher), failing to live up to her parents' expectations of her, failing at auditions (and hating them), failing to raise her second child how she wanted and instead getting obsessed with a rigid regime rather than following her own maternal instincts. Along the way, we discuss ageing, race, school, womanhood, ice-cream vans and embarrassing smear tests. Yes, really. * I am thrilled to be taking How To Fail on tour around the UK in October, sharing my failure manifesto with the help of some very special guests. These events are not recorded as podcasts so the only way to be there is to book tickets via www.faneproductions.com/howtofail *  The Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling book of the podcast, How To Fail: Everything I've Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day, is out now and is available here. * How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin and sponsored by Teatulia. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com *  Social Media: Elizabeth Day @elizabday Meera Syal @meerasyal Chris Sharp @chrissharpaudio Naomi Mantin @naomimantin Teatulia @TeatuliaUK


7 Aug 2019

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Series 2 Ep 8 - Meera Syal

How To Own The Room

What if it's not all about you? Viv Groskop talks to writer, actor, comedian and producer Meera Syal about fighting for diversity, failing in front of Victoria Wood and the peril and power of representing others when you speak.


26 Apr 2019

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Meera Syal

The Other Side Of...

Meera Syal chats to Adrian Goldberg about growing up in the West Midlands and her career.


13 Jan 2019

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Meera Syal on When Harry Met Sally | BAFTA Selects


As part of BAFTA Selects, celebrating classic film with contemporary artists, BAFTA-nominated actress Meera Syal joined us at BAFTA to discuss Nora Ephron’s iconic comedy When Harry Met Sally, which she calls “a step up” in the romantic comedy genre.


12 Jul 2018

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#TSP044 - Meera Syal

The Two Shot Podcast

Greetings Two Shot Podcast listener. Hope you're very well. This week we are joined by some real acting royalty in the form of Meera Syal. We sat down with Meera in the basement of Maison Bertaux (What! You've not been yet!? You definitely should very soon) and we talked about her childhood in Wolverhampton, sleeping in a draw, parental support, the dawn of proper British Asian comedy and loads and loads of other stuff.You'll know Meera from her pioneering work alongside former TSP guest Sanjeev Bhaskar in television institutions Goodness, Gracious Me, and The Kumars at Number 42 or more recently in her brilliant role in The Split. She has a myriad of writing, authorship and acting credits to her name and the story of how she came to be where she is today is as spectacular as her artistic achievements.She was an absolute pleasure to be with and her confidence and positivity are a complete inspiration. It's a wonderful listen and we really hope you enjoy. Dunno if you heard but we won a bloody prize. We are now the proud holders of a British Podcast Award in the 'Best Culture Podcast' category. Whilst the supportive messages we get on a daily basis from you, the dear listeners, are why we do what we do, it's always lovely to have your work recognised at a do where they give you champagne as you go in. Nice one to the BPAs for our "poddy" and a belter of a ceremony in London last weekend. Get in touch...Facebook- search 'Two Shot Podcast' Twitter- @twoshotpod Instagram- @twoshotpod If you've enjoyed listening then please click through to https://www.patreon.com/twoshotpod to make a donation to the running costs of the show. You'll get bonus pictures, video and audio in return. Nice one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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24 May 2018