As we walked around the BBC’s Back In Time neighborhood, we found a community that was floating in the light.

It’s not every day that your street becomes a television set, but Sparkbrook residents have played a key role in the BBC’s Back in Time for Birmingham. The hit history show has been on our screens all week, following the Sharma family of Solihole for five decades of British Asian history.

The four-part time-traveling adventure, which has mesmerized viewers, sees decades of social, ethnic and cultural change in Birmingham with father Vishal, mother Manisha and children Alisha and Akash. Scheduled to celebrate the city’s construction until the Commonwealth Games, the show resonated with immigrant communities everywhere.

And now that it’s aired, how do residents and people asked to take part in the show feel? To find out, Birmingham Live visited Spark Brook today, June 23.

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The family’s home and business were on the corner of Sharma Stores, Cartland Road and Enderton Road. When we knocked on the door, the property was empty.

The film crew took to the streets of a busy residential area last year to shoot in the heart of the community. The excitement around the show was palpable on our tour. This has never happened before.

Muhammad Khan told us: “You don’t usually see these things in this area. It brings people together. My family and I have seen the installments together.” The 21-year-old spent his entire life in Spark Brook, and said it was a good thing.

However, he was more hesitant about the effects of the other show. Now a Muslim / Pakistani suburb of Birmingham, Spark Brook was one of the few neighborhoods in the city where newcomers from all over the subcontinent and people of all faiths began to settle.

But some people told us that they felt that the Muslim experience could be further covered. “They could have done more for the Muslims then,” Mushtaq told us.

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Muhammad Mushtaq runs a Middle East store and was busy filming.
(Photo: Naomi D’Souza / Birmingham Live)

Mr. Mushtaq runs a Middle East store right in front of the house used for filming. It was included in the production but did not cut.

The shop has been in the community for over 70 years, and Mr. Mushtaq has been there since 1987. However, he praised the accuracy of the show, saying: “It’s good, it’s what it was before in the area.”

He also said that the TV staff consulted with the community, and he felt involved. However, a resident, who lived near the Sharma Stores store, said the show was “not a reflection of history” at the time and was not as successful as the first spice shop in the area.

He told Birmingham Live: “It was a good representation but I wish they could reflect more on history. I think they were far from it. I feel like the first spice in the area like Masaka Food Store. Mentioning importer. Stratford Road not mentioned. ”

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(Photo: Naomi D’Souza / Birmingham Live)

However, local resident Shafiqul Haq, who has lived in Spark Brook for more than 26 years, found it “wonderful” to see the film crew in his area. Even though he played a small role in the show, Sharma came to the stores as a ‘customer’.

He said: “It’s great to see our community reflected in a show like this and in an area that doesn’t usually have that kind of coverage. I was able to go to the Sharma Stores and a lot more. Memories are fresh. For me. “

He said it has accurately captured the freedoms and challenges facing immigrant communities, and that “memories are back.” He said it was a credit to the BBC.

Umar Khan Sharma runs his family’s textile business from stores. “It’s a good program, but what they showed was inside everyone, they didn’t come out much.” Mr Khan’s family came from Pakistan in the 1950s, and said Sharma stores seemed too progressive in his memory.

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L2R: Outside the Ansir Khan and Ahmed Naeem property, which was used as the Sharma family’s home and shop.
(Photo: Naomi D’Souza / Birmingham Live)

“Sharma stores were very advanced. They had internet. But Somalis brought internet here on Stratford Road.”

“It was very interesting. When they started filming, I saw it from the window,” Ahmed Naeem told us from behind. Owais Food Store The store assistant’s seat is at the entrance of Sharma Stores.

“I saw it on Tik Tak too, it was good,” he said. Ansar Khan’s family owns Owais Stores, one of the oldest Spark Brook stores.

“I saw them all the time when they were here,” he said. “It’s great to make a film, but they cut a lot. They have to show the whole thing,” Mr Khan said. Mr. Khan said.

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Social media is burning with people sharing their experiences and celebrating the show’s first Asian family representation. AzFazzyQadirJust wrote on Twitter: “Watch the first episode and show you the sacrifices our parents made for us and how brave and hardworking they were.”

@radiogagan wrote: “Feeling very old right now !! Corner shop, VHS tapes, clothes, time of day, the birth of the internet !! It was my childhood and adolescence! Getting better! #BackInTimeforBirmingham Well done @DJNoreenKhan and the team! “

The four-part series aired on BBC Two over four nights. It started on Monday, June 20 and will end today, Thursday, June 23, at 8 PM. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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