Brand new comedy Home is set to premiere on Channel 4 on Tuesday night and it won’t be doing anything to balance opinion.
The six-part series, written by Rufus Jones, sees asylum-seeker Sami from Syria arrive in Britain to live with a family in Dorking, Surrey.
Over the next few months, while Sami waits for his application to be processed, he learns more than he expected about the people he’s living with, himself, and his own family somewhere in Europe.
Rufus revealed that he came up with the idea for the show during ‘the height of the refugee crisis’ and says it’s not completely impartial, telling Digital Spy: ‘The thing about comedy, and drama, is that it’s a see-saw, and see-saws are fun because they go up and down, but see-saws aren’t fun when they’re perfectly balanced, because you just sit there doing fuck all.
Rufus Jones’ comedy series Home starts on Tuesday night (Picture: Channel 4)‘We never got any pressure anywhere along the way to balance opinion or balance political positions.’
He continued: ‘I think the moment you start to do that, audiences sniff it a mile off. I think it’s better to just propel your voice through a show, rather than try to overly represent.’
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At first, Rufus’ character Peter is hesitant about Sami (Youssef Kerkour) – not because of their differences, but because of their similarities.
‘The world is smaller now – in the 1980s, Crocodile Dundee was wandering through the streets of New York and finding bidets hilarious and foreign,’ Rufus added to the publication.
‘You can’t really play those games anymore, because the world is smaller – our stuff is their stuff, and vice versa. We all know about each other now, and so I wasn’t too interested in having Sami as a ‘foreigner in a foreign land.’
Home kicks off on Tuesday 5 March at 9.45pm on Channel 4.
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