As Stuart Jeffries writes in today's Guardian, Yasmin, which is on Channel 4 tonight, is definite must see TV. Its lead, Archie Panjabi, was the best thing in East is East and and, with a script by Simon Beaufoy of Full Monty fame, you know that it has impeccable credentials.
So, why am I blogging about it now, rather than waiting till I see it tonight and offering my opinion then? Am I that lacking in inspiration for subjects to blog on that I've rented out the blog as an online listing magazines to reach out to my regular three readers?
Nah, the reason I wanted to mention it was because of the following incident that took place on the streets of Keighley when a particular scene was being filmed, and which is mentioned in the aforementioned Guardian article:
"In that scene, a gang of young white boys throw milk at a Muslim woman wearing a burka in a Keighley shopping precinct and yell at her to go home. Simon Beaufoy's script has the eponymous Yasmin comforting the distressed woman, but what is particularly lovely about the scene is that an elderly white woman, appalled at the boys' behaviour, rushes up to the two women to apologise.The woman turns out to have been a passing shopper who did not realise she had stumbled on to a film shoot. "It was such a great unscripted moment, we decided we had to keep it in," says producer Sally Hibbin. "There was also an old bloke who started coming over and attacking the kids for what they were doing. He didn't know we were making a film, either.""
I smiled when I read that.