Silver Street

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Silver Street was a radio soap opera, the first such to be aimed at the British South Asian community, and was broadcast on the BBC Asian Network. It was introduced in 2004 as part of the Sonia Deol show, which was replaced from 24 April 2006 by the Anita Rani show, and until 12 May 2006 each episode had an early evening repeat at 19.20–19.30 in the Drive Programme. Since 15 May 2006 the serial had been broadcast from 13.30 to 13.40 each weekday during the Nikki Bedi show. The Omnibus edition of the show was broadcast every Sunday between 16.30 and 17.00. In 2007 it became one of the first BBC Asian Network programmes to be available as a podcast and was the most downloaded show on the network. On 21 April 2008 BBC Radio Leicester began to broadcast current episodes of the show after a few weeks of highlights and compilations to introduce the stories.

Storylines focused on the lives of a primarily British South Asian community in an English town of unspecified name and location, with themes that generally related to issues that affect the daily lives of British South Asians and their neighbours.

Many guest stars appeared in the programme, including Saeed Jaffrey as the family doctor of the Chauhan family at a point in the story when the character Roopa Chauhan was struggling with bulimia, Sonia Deol (as herself) popping into a shop on the street on one occasion, and Toyah Willcox[1] playing the estranged mother of major Silver Street character Sean Brady.

Main cast list[edit]

Character (actor)

  • Rita Chauhan (Bharti Patel)
  • Jas Chauhan (Hema Mangoo)
  • Roopa Chauhan (Rakhee Thakrar)
  • Arun Chauhan (Naithan Ariane)
  • Kamla Dattani (Surendra Kochar)
  • Mushtaq Jilani (Paul Bhattacharjee)
  • Zenab Jilani (Sudha Bhuchar)
  • Rozena Hussaini (Pooja Ghai)
  • Sameer Hussaini (Alex Caan)
  • Pervaiz Akhtar (Shajait Khan)
  • Nadia Akhtar (Sohm Kapila)
  • Zak Akhtar (Jetinder Summan)
  • Mary Brady (Carole Nimmons)
  • Pete Brady (Jez Thomas)
  • Sean Brady (Kee Ramsorrun then Lloyd Thomas)
  • Brian Kavanagh (Gerard McDermott)
  • Kuljit Singh (Sartaj Garewal)
  • Sway Holloway (Mark Monero)
  • Jodie Howard (Vineeta Rishi)
  • Jaggy Singh (Jay Kiyani)
  • Simran Kaur (Balvinder Sopal)
  • Wahid Masud (Saeed Jaffrey)
  • Shazia Malik (Shobu Kapoor)
  • Ambika (Ayesha Dharker)

Special appearances[edit]


Silver Street had a roster of around 6 writers at a time that have changed over the years. Commissions were made monthly and each writer was commissioned to write one week of episodes. Past writers have included:


On 16 November 2009 the BBC announced that they would be cancelling Silver Street.[2] The final episode 1525 was broadcast on 26 March 2010 (The song played at the end of the final episode was "Silver Street" by Ben Folds). The cancellation grew out of criticisms of the Asian Network in the BBC Trust's annual report. In July 2009 it was revealed that the Asian Network had lost 20% of its listeners in one year and, per listener, was the most expensive BBC Station.[3] Silver Street will be replaced by monthly half-hour dramas.


  1. ^ Toyah Willcox makes her soap debut BBC Press Release, 28 November 2006
  2. ^ [ Changes to drama on BBC Asian Network[ BBC Press Release, 16 November 2009
  3. ^ Image Dissectors

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