Life isn’t all Ha Ha Hee Hee – Tristin Norwell, Nick Green & Violin Chandru

String arrangements by Violin Chandru

The strings on the sound track of this film are arranged and recorded by our composer, violinist and string arranger, Violin Chandru. The music is composed by Tristin Norwell and Nick Green.

Chandru first met Tristin when recording on Talvin Singh’s ‘OK’ album, which Tristin engineered. Since then they have worked together really well on several occasions. Their latest collaboration is of course the music for this film which features quite prominently the arrangements by Chandru. The strings were recorded at our very own studio in Bangalore, Sa Recording Studio, in December 2004 and involved over 60 string players and solo instrumentalists like sitar and flute. For more information about Bollywood Strings or our string arrangements, click here or email

More about Life isn’t all Ha Ha Hee Hee

Starring : Laila Rouass, Meera Syal, Ayesha Dharker, Ace Bhatti, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Matt Day.
Story : Meera Syal
Script : Abi Morgan
Direction : Andy de Emmony
Producer : Jo Willett
Executive Producer : Mark Redhead
Music : Norwell & Green with Strings by Chandru of Bollywood Strings

The TV adaptation of Meera Syal’s book Life Isn’t All Ha Ha, Hee Hee was first aired  on BBC1 on 10 May 2005 at 9pm.

A tale of friendship, and cross-cultural conflicts, the story exposes the ties that bind the three women to their roots and a generation of men lost in the wake of feminism.

Producer Jo Willett summed up: “Life is about female friendships and how they can endure longer than husbands and lovers, but also about how much truth real friendship can stand.

Meera admits: “It disturbed me profoundly to see evidence of how much we can achieve, laced with our ability to destroy ourselves. It made me want to look at my life and the lives of my friends, all of whom were going through seismic changes in our belief systems and relationships. “We had to face up to the fact that we weren’t our mothers, no matter how much we loved them, and what would we hand onto our daughters?”

“I also wanted to celebrate the richness of this journey we were all taking with immense humour and strength while sometimes making the biggest dramatic mistakes and discoveries along the way.”

‍The serial stars Laila Rouass (Footballer’s Wives, Hollyoaks), Meera Syal (The Kumars At No 42, Goodness Gracious Me), Ayesha Dharker (Star Wars II, Cutting It), Ace Bhatti (The Deputy, Bend It Like Beckham), Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars At No 42, Anita And Me) and Matt Day (The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Shackleton).

It is brought to the small screen by Hat Trick Productions whose recent successes include The Kumars At No 42 and Jed Mercurio’s Bodies.

The executive producer for Hat Trick, Mark Redhead, said: “Meera has given us a rich portrait of modern Britain, which deals with friendship, love and betrayal.

Gareth Neame, Head of BBC Drama Independent Commissioning, added: “Meera’s vibrant and exuberant tale is the latest contemporary adaptation alongside Jonathan Coe’s The Rotters Club, Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith and Robert Harris’ Archangel.

“It represents part of our on going commitment to bring the best original adaptations of modern fiction to the BBC.”

Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee is adapted by Meera Syal (Anita And Me) with Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic), directed by Andy de Emmony (Canterbury Tales) and produced by Jo Willett (Dirty Tricks, A Rather English Marriage).

The executive producer is Mark Redhead of Hat Trick Productions.

Music is by Norwell & Green with strings by Chandru of Bollywood Strings.

* Includes extracts from BBC website

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