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The identity of Amna depends on who you are. To her fellow Glaswegians, she’s a Londoner now, having lived there for three years. To Londoners, she’s Scottish when they can only hear her, but Asian if they can see her. To Scots, she’s Pakistani – but to Pakistanis, she’s British. To employers, she’s disposable. And to her white, English boyfriend, she’s just Amna, as his white privilege means he doesn’t have to think about all of that.
To her mum, of course, she’s just “beta”, the Urdu term for child.
Beta Female is a new sitcom which hinges on Amna’s desire to be all these things and more – to keep her Mum and Dad happy by allowing her to believe that she and her boyfriend don’t live together, and to keep her boyfriend happy by getting a job and contributing to the rent. Like many women of her background and age, Amna wants to have her differences acknowledged but to be treated the same as everyone else. From work to love to family to social media, Amna walks a tightrope of identity.
Contrasting with her confusion are her little brother, Haris, and her sister, Sunnah, both of whom appear to have “picked a side” – Haris is a young Scottish slacker, and Sunnah is a Muslim wife and mother. Amna still finds herself wanting to be part of both worlds, and seeming to feel part of neither.
- S01E00 – Beta Female (pilot)
- S01E01 – Beta Female
- S01E02 – Beta Female
- S01E03 – Beta Female
- S01E04 – Beta Female
- S02E01 – Dad’s Dishes
- S02E02 – The Psychic
- S02E03 – Kids
- S02E04 – Raza