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Adil's media career has been incredibly versatile. His TV and Radio presenting has seen Adil appear on all the major BBC radio networks (Radio 1, R2, R3, R4 and Radio 5Live) as well as the four main BBC TV channels. Today, Adil appears as one of our much loved TV characters - Mr Khan. Adil has created, co-written and stars in his own BBC1 primetime sitcom - Citizen Khan.

Adil is also known for his documentary making including the hard hitting BBC documentary on sexual grooming of young people. 

Adil's most recent radio work includes looking after Liza Tarbuck's Saturday night show for the UK's most listened to radio station, BBC Radio 2.

In 2009 Adil made his comedy debut on BBC2’s Bellamy’s People which included characters such as the self appointed Muslim community leader, Mr Khan, confused young British Pakistani MC Raa and the money making Guru, Guru Dev.

Adil’s appearances on Bellamy’s People came about as a result of comedy legends Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse becoming aware of his comedy creations on the radio.

2012 was a very exciting year for Adil as his character Mr Khan appeared in his own BBC1 comedy show Citizen Khan. The show was incredibly well received attracting 3.6million viewers in the 10.35pm slot and becoming one of the most watched shows on the BBC iplayer in 2012. Mr Khan and his family return to our screens for series 2 this October in the primetime Friday night slot -  quite possibly the biggest slot for comedy on UK Television 

Adil has enjoyed great success as a radio presenter after joining the BBC Asian Network in 2001. He launched the late-night Adil Ray Show where he gave a platform for young aspiring artists to promote their musical talents, including the first radio interview for Jay Sean. In 2008 he won the award for Best Radio Show at the UK Asian Music Awards. Adil presented BBC Asian Network's Breakfast show until 2009. Adil gained consistently record figures whilst there which he puts down to providing his audience a "chance to laugh, sometimes at themselves."  During his time on the show, Adil introduced the listening public to a number of characters such as the rapper MC Raa and mother-of-all-mothers, the ‘religious’ Shabnam di Maa.

Adil's other radio work has also included hosting the late night slot (10pm-1am) on BBC Radio 5live. Adil's ability to shift from comedy performer to a news broadcaster was evident as he broke news stories such as the UK summer riots, phone hacking and the night the UK went to war in Libya. 

Adil's other radio work includes hosting a number of cricket based shows for BBC Radio 5Live and Radio 4’s Test Match Special including the 6duck6 phone in. Adil was responsible for a number of key interviews regarding the recent Cricket scandal. 2010 was a busy year for Adil, hosting the institution that is Football 606 as well as contributing to a number of BBC Radio Five Live programmes including The Gaby Logan Show and The Gethin Jones show. The latter also included his comic creation Mr Khan.

Other radio credits include  a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 including  Picturing Britain, which was a five-part documentary meeting prominent British photographers such as Rankin.

In 2010 Adil presented the acclaimed BBC3 documentary Exposed: Groomed For Sex. Adil received praise for the way in which he tackled the controversial issue of young girls being groomed by some Pakistani men, creating a thought provoking and brave documentary and picking up a Royal Television Society Award for Best Current Affairs.

Adil’s  other TV credits include co-presenting BBC Two series Explore where he reported on news stories from Argentina and Turkey. Other TV credits include the award-winning BBC Two series Desi DNA; the RTS-nominated comedy Is It Coz I Is Black? (BBC Three) and BBC Four's Tales From Europe with Kirsty Wark.

Adil is also a regular contributor on the punditry section of the Lorraine show.

Currently Adil is continuing to work on his sitcom whilst developing further comedy projects.

Click here to view Adil's TV and radio credits.

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