Yasmin Hai is an author, broadcaster and television producer.
She is currently writing / developing a two-part television drama with Mammoth Screen for BBC Drama.
She started her career as a television presenter for ITV’s music magazine
programmes, Bhangra Beat and Rhythm & Raag. She then moved into factual
programme making, working first on the BBC’s Newsnight programme before
moving into documentary making. She has produced many notable films for
Channel 4 such as the RTS nominated ‘Israel at 50,’ a critique of Zionist ideals
fifty years on; The Hunger Business, a two part investigation into the abuse of aid
by humanitarian agencies and the critically acclaimed The True Face of War,
presented by Jon Snow.
Her writing work includes columns and articles for The Guardian and Sunday
Times, an animation series, called Vemblee, set in a fictional British Muslim
community, for Channel 4, a screen writing development award sponsored by
DNA Films, and her memoir, The Making of Mr Hai’s Daughter, published in 2008
The memoir was an account of growing up in Muslim/ multicultural Britain. The
book was serialised in the Daily Mail as well as broadcast on the BBC as part of
Radio 4’s Book of the Week strand. It won strong praise from critics. The
Spectator described it as, ‘an unbelievably funny, passionate autobiography,’ while
the Times said the book was, ‘Ebullient and sharply humorous… Hai’s personality
is as engaging as her insights are illuminating.” The Guardian described it as, ‘A
thoughtful and funny memoir on the realities of immigration.”
Yasmin’s broadcast work for BBC’s Radio 4 includes a talk about British
radicalism and a feature documentary on British Muslims relationship with the
written word, post Rushdie.