Chris Bisson - A host of stars from a variety of British soap operas were photographed as they arrived for the British Soap Awards 2015 which were held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 16th May 2015
Jimi (Chris Bisson), the number one son of a prosperous immigrant Indian family living in Preston, England, should be married by now. What his parents don't know is that his "roommate," the dewy young British lad Jack (Peter Ash), is also his gay lover. The two live in a house they share with Jack's sister Vanessa (Sally Bankes), a drunken low-class "fat slag" with a heart of gold, and her chubby daughter Hannah (Katy Clayton).
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This sounds like a BBC Kitchen Sink Drama of the week or an early Mike Leigh TV-movie (in Leigh's pre-Naked days), and indeed would end up being just that if it weren't for the fact that East is East is delightfully funny. As the tragedy of a family being torn apart by Muslim upbringing clashing with Christian ideals, East is East journeys further into the realm of absolute absurdity.
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