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New Syrian Refugee Comedy On Channel 4 Tonight

A new Syrian refugee comedy is starting on Channel 4 tonight.

Home follows the experience of Sami, a Syrian refugee who enters Britain illegally to claim asylum. Living in with Peter, Katy and John, Sami and his adoptive family discover and come to terms with what a home really means.

The new comedy is created and written by Rufus Jones.

“Home follows the experience of Sami,” say Channel 4. “A Syrian refugee who enters Britain illegally to claim asylum.”

“Living in with Peter, Katy and John, Sami and his adoptive family discover and come to terms with what a home really means.” 

Home stars Rufus Jones (W1A, Camping and Hunderby) as Peter, a pompous chartered surveyor who’s the new partner to the mother of a teenage son with whom he now lives.

Jones also wrote the show, his first time penning anything for the screen, and told i the idea for Home “grew spontaneously out of the international refugee emergency in late 2015.” Rebekah Staton (Raised by Wolves) is Peter’s new partner Katy, while Youssef Kerkour (Nightflyers) plays Sami, and the young Oaklee Pendergast (Marcella) is the teenage John.

“I wrote a script in about four days in a real splurge because I thought what this situation needed was a six-part comedy series,” Jones told i. “Oddly, it suddenly became clear that it was quite a good way of approaching the subject because people don’t explore this sort of subject with comedy very often.

“I read about a couple London who’d taken in a Syrian refugee,” he went on. “On the very first day, this bloke turned up so thankful and he went out to celebrate at the pub and came back at 2am and broke their coffee table.

“They were suddenly locked in this sort of flat share sitcom and there was an authenticity to that which was very funny.”

Home begins on Channel 4 at 9.45pm on 5 March tonight, after Derry Girls.

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