Hardeep Singh Kohli
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|Hardeep Singh Kohli|
|Born||Hardeep Singh Kohli
London, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
|Relatives||Sanjeev Kohli (brother)|
Kohli was born in London and moved to Glasgow in Scotland when he was four. His parents came to Britain from India in the 1960s. The family's roots lie in the Punjab. His mother was a social worker, and his father a teacher, then a property landlord. His first school was Hillhead Primary School in the West End of Glasgow, after which he attended Meadowburn Primary.
After leaving university Kohli joined the BBC Scotland graduate production trainee scheme. He moved to BBC Television Centre, London to direct children's TV, and Janet Street Porter's series Reportage. He was one of the directors of It'll Never Work, which won awards from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA. Kohli left the corporation in 1996 to begin working independently. He wrote, directed and starred in Channel 4's Meet the Magoons in 2004, which was axed after one series after a poor reception. Nancy Banks Smith and A. A. Gill were lukewarm; however, the show was entered for a Golden Rose at the Montreux Comedy Festival. He presented a documentary In Search of the Tartan Turban, which explored cultural identity as a Briton and a Scot belonging to an ethnic minority. The producers won a children's BAFTA and produced a brief Channel 4 daytime schools series, Hardeep Does... that covered a variety of different topical issues including sex, religion and pets.
In September 2006, Kohli took part in the first series of BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef programme, reaching the final along with Roger Black and ultimate winner, Matt Dawson. In January 2007, he had a three-part series on Channel 4, £50 Says You'll Watch This, exploring gambling. The show involved Kohli taking part in a celebrity card game, visiting casinos in Las Vegas. In October 2006, February 2007 and January 2009 he appeared on the BBC political panel programme Question Time, and was an occasional presenter on Newsnight Review, Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 and Loose Ends.
In 2008 Kohli presented a cookery series for UKTV with John Torode and participated in a celebrity edition of The Apprentice in order to raise money for charity. Sport Relief Does The Apprentice was part of the BBC's annual charity initiative Sport Relief and aired on 12 and 14 March 2008. He was the first Celebrity Apprentice to be "fired". He also appeared on Gordon Ramsay: Cook Along Live. He appeared in the Scottish segment of the BBC's 2008 Children in Need appeal, anchored by Jackie Bird and Des Clarke. Also in 2008, Kohli filmed a documentary about Scientology, mainly the so-called Free Zone, titled A Beginner's Guide to L. Ron Hubbard. The documentary is presented as a road trip, in which he travels from London via East Grinstead, Moscow and Munich to an undisclosed Russian location of a Ron's Org.
Kohli was the presenter for series two of CBBC game show Get 100. In June 2009, he was one of five volunteers who took part in a BBC series of three programmes Famous, Rich and Homeless about living penniless on the streets of London. In August 2013, he presented an edition of The Food Programme on Radio 4, about his fondness for bacon and the production of bacon in Scotland. Kohli also appears quite frequently as a panelist on The Wright Stuff on Channel Five (UK). He stood in for Matthew Wright (the host presenter) while Wright was recovering from a back operation.
From 2007-2009 Kohli wrote Hardeep is your Love, a column for Scotland on Sunday, on topics that mainly concerned food and family and being ashamed of enjoying Harry Potter. ' Kohli was put forward for Scottish press awards as a columnist twice, but was never placed. In 2009 the column was axed.
In August 2009 Kohli performed a one man show, The Nearly Naked Chef (a reference to Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef), at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show received mixed reviews from local and national press. According to The Guardian, "the impression is of a man who has wrongly assumed that comedy is as easy as it looks. It isn't, as Kohli proves".
As a landlord
In June 2008, The Herald reported: "Properties owned and rented by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli have been branded 'grubby and dirty' and substandard as the celebrity was issued with warnings over his conduct as a landlord. Mr Kohli... was also denied three-year licences for two flats which are part of a raft he owns and leases through his father's company in Glasgow's west end." 
Suspension from the BBC's The One Show
In July 2009, Kohli was suspended from his roving reporter role on The One Show after an informal complaint by a female member of staff for inappropriate sexual behaviour. He apologised unreservedly. No formal action was taken by the BBC and the story was leaked to the newspapers. It was announced in March 2010 that it was possible he could return to the show.
Support for Scottish Independence
Kohli has written and spoken widely in support of the campaign for a 'yes' vote in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence and appeared at the rallies for Scottish independence on 22 September 2012 and on 21 September 2013 in Edinburgh.
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- "Pick of the Week: 23/01/11". Pick of the Week. 2011-01-23. BBC. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xp2kd.
- London: The Independent, 15 January 2012 'Hardeep Singh Kohli: A Scotland that believes in itself can be what it wants
- Glasgow: The Herald, 24 March 2014, 'Hardeep Singh Kohli on the indyref: celebrities, immigration and a party looming', Castle, J.
- "Relative Values: Hardeep Singh Kohli and his brother Sanjeev". London: The Times. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Sale, Jonathan - "The Independent: Passed/Failed - Hardeep Singh Kohli" 8 September 2005
- Sale, Jonathan - "The Independent: My First Job: Hardeep Singh Kohli, comedy writer, was a theatre usher" 28 June 2007
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- "Don't lose your heads over my turban". Scotland on Sunday. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
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- London: The Guardian, 13 September 2008, 'Melting pot - Nicholas Clee chews over the link between what we eat and who we are'
- "Birmingham Mail - What's On - Theatre in Birmingham - Comedy: Hardeep Singh Kohli on cooking and comedy". birminghammail.net. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
- Braiden, Gerry (2008-11-11). "Kohli brothers 'victims of racist vendetta'". The Times (London). Retrieved 2008-11-11.
- "Hardeep Singh Kohli suspended from One Show after 'overstepping' mark". The London Evening Standard. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- "Hardeep Singh Kohli will return to BBC TV after sex allegations". The Sun (Scotland). Retrieved 2010-07-06.
- Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Internet Movie Database
- Meet the Magoons microsite at the Channel 4 website
- Hardeep Singh Kohli's official site