The BBC has defended its new Birmingham-based sitcom after fielding 200 complaints from viewers who claimed it mocks Islam and stereotypes Asians.
Citizen Khan, created by and starring former Asian Network presenter Adil Ray, pulled in 3.6 million viewers for Monday night’s first episode.
But some Muslims claimed the show, set in Sparkhill, mocked their faith and urged others to complain to the corporation.
A BBC spokesman confirmed there had been complaints but added the show had also received a “number of appreciations”.
She said: “New comedy always provokes differing reactions from the audience and, as with all sitcoms, the characters are comic creations and not meant to be representative of the community as a whole.”
One viewer, Muhammad Aftab, published his complaint on Ray’s Facebook page.
He wrote: “Myself and many other Muslims feel disrespected by the sayings and doings throughout the show.
“The whole show is constantly mocking either the Pakistani culture or Islam.
“We feel this show has crossed the line. We expected a comedy show but we witnessed a mocking show. We will not accept this for much longer as it is utterly unacceptable.”
Ray could not be contacted for comment but other messages also included threats.
Some claimed Mr Khan’s daughter in the show, Alia, played by Bhavna Limbachia, caused the most offence when she flung off her hijab.
Another disgruntled viewer, called Mohammed Umar, wrote: “You don’t see any comedies mocking Jews or Christians.