Monday The Boy With The Topknot 9pm, BBC Two
BASED on Sathnam Sanghera’s bestselling memoir, as this one-off play begins, it seems firmly rooted in the regular, wellworn culture-clash terrain. Sathnam (a nicely judged performance by Sacha Dhawan) is a successful thirty-something journalist living in London, and just about to move into a flat with his girlfriend, Laura. The only real cloud on his horizon seems to be how to break this news to his Punjabi parents, particularly his mother, who is very keen to set him up with a Sikh bride for a traditional marriage. But when Sathnam travels back to visit his folks in his old Wolverhampton home, planning to tell them about Laura, he stumbles across a longburied family secret, and the story suddenly veers into less expected territory. Cultural issues and perspectives remain in play, but as the drama expands, it becomes a wider-ranging piece on universal attitudes toward mental health. A change of pace for writer Mick Ford, who adapted Sanghera’s book, and is also behind Sky’s current comedy Living The Dream.