Mon­day The Boy With The Top­knot 9pm, BBC Two

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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.

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