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Asian Provocateur

Mum's American Dream

Episode 5: Uncle Ragu Returns

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Romesh splits from his mum to join his Uncle Ragu on a spiritual journey around Mexico. As the journey was originally planned by Romesh's late father and Ragu, and Romesh has vowed to try to be much more positive to ensure his uncle enjoys their time together.

Romesh's positivity is soon tested with a blindfold spirit walk through a rugged jungle terrain, where he is forced to find his inner animal spirit. Ragu then arranges for Romesh to take part in a simulated border crossing, where participants are shown what it's like to try to illegally cross the border into the USA.

The following day, Uncle Ragu treats Romesh to a day of hanging out with a lowrider group. Romesh is less than thrilled when the Mexican version of lowriders are nicely decorated tricycles. To top off the treat day, Uncle Ragu wants to party with Romesh like he used to do with his father. He takes Romesh to meet Jorge, a local clubbing enthusiast, who takes them to Mexico City's hottest 80's nightclub.

On their last day together, Romesh and Uncle Ragu visit Enrique, a local shaman, for a special blessing to end their trip. However, this blessing makes the ceremony Romesh experienced in Sri Lanka look tame, as Romesh comes face to face, yet again, with a chicken. Show less


Romesh Ranganathan
Executive Producer:
Benjamin Green
Executive Producer:
Emily Hudd
Mus Mustafa
Mus Mustafa
Production Company:
Rumpus Media Ltd


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