Who is Romesh Ranganathan? Comedian, TV show panellist and presenter of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

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THE Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan enters its second series tonight on BBC Two with plenty of action to follow.

But before you catch the season premiere, you’re probably keen to know more about the funnyman. Here is all you need to know…

The comedian started work as a maths teacher before pursuing a career in TV
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Who is Romesh Ranganathan?

Romesh is a 41-year-old comedian from Crawley, West Sussex.

He originally worked as a maths teacher before pursuing a career as a performer.

Despite eventually finding status as a comedian, he was relatively successful as a freestyle rapper, and once succeeded in reaching the finals of freestyle competition.

The star is a vegan and revealed as such during an appearance on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice when he cooked vegan chocolate brownies.

Romesh is married to wife Leesa, is a father to three children and an avid supporter of Arsenal football club.

When is season two of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan out?

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan season two premieres on July 28 on BBC Two.

Its first episode will air at 9pm, while the series itself consists of a whopping five episodes in total.

In episode one, Romesh makes it his mission to explore countries that are rarely visited by tourists to experience local cultures and see whether they deserve their reputation.

Zimbabwe is one of his destinations as he tries to uncover whether British people should still be holidaying in the southern African country, following the aftermath of Robert Mugabe’s ruling.

He is greeted by people such as Chipo, a teacher who was born in the country, who is eager to show cameras what tourists are missing out on, stressing that most foreigners would never venture beyond Victoria Falls.

The two embark on an epic road trip that takes in national parks, showing the beautiful animals they encounter, such as rhinos, elephants, and cheetahs.

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What is Romesh Ranganathan up to now?

The comedian recently appeared in The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, which returns to BBC Two this evening for a one-off Christmas special.

In this three-part series for BBC Two he travelled way beyond his comfort zone and the world of complimentary breakfast buffets, to some of the most beautiful, but dangerous places on earth.

Hosted by locals and fully immersed in the local culture, he gets an eye-opening, and at times heart-stopping, insider’s guide to countries that are big on natural beauty, character and charm.

He also returned as a panellist for IQ’s fourteenth series on BBC2.


Where else would I have seen Romesh Ranganathan before?

Romesh has appeared on a host of comedy panel shows in the UK.

These include Mock the Week, Sweat the Small Stuff, Have I Got News for You,Would I Lie To You? and Play To The Whistle.

He has also performed his stand-up routine on Live at the Apollo several times and appeared as a guest on The Last Leg and QI.

In 2015, he was given a presenting role on Asian Provocateur – a BBC  Three documentary series that saw him explore his Sri Lankan heritage.

It was followed up in 2016 with a second series where he took his mum to meet their American family members.

Romesh has become a regular face on TV comedy shows including Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo
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