The BBC has announced Black And British, a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.
Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the Black And British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season will also cast a fresh light on Black history, examining the contribution and impact of Black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be Black and British today.
This week saw Charlie Brooker preview episodes from the new series of Black Mirror, which is set to premiere on Netflix on 21st October.
Produced by House of Tomorrow, the anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes telling suspenseful tales exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, reflecting our 21st Century anxieties. The series has been recognized with an international Emmy Award, and a Peabody Award, and been nominated for a Bafta award. Annabel Jones serves alongside Brooker as executive producer and showrunner.
Vice is to produce around 60 hours of original content for its linear channel by the end of the year after unveiling its initial slate of UK shows. Broadcast revealed that the youth brand’s initial programming line-up, which includes three factual series and a single documentary, will be followed by a further 40 to 60 hours on-air by the end of 2016. Budgets for the in-house shows are thought to run to around £100,000 per hour. Vice has no plans to commission series from established indies.
Step back in time and discover the music & style that influenced the birth of hip-hop, in the first of a three-part series in conjunction with Netflix The Get Down, featuring interviews with Dizzee Rascal, Grandmaster Flash, Lady Leshurr, Megaman, Akala, Big Narstie and more. Watch here.
Being Light Skinned features men and women from Black and Asian cultures discussing the misconceptions of being light skin. From colourism, to perceived success and portrayal in the media, to skin bleaching – this documentary takes a look at the debate within these cultures.
Heels Off is an online talk show hosted by five ladies: Rita Balogun, Amina Habeeb, Mercedes Benson, Oloni and Ashley Watt. Through their unique perspectives on life these five bold ladies are able to give their opinions and thoughts on a range of topics such as relationships, love, beauty, fashion, and much more.
In the first of two immersive documentaries for BBC Three, Reggie Yates enters Bexar County Jail in Texas to experience what it’s like to be an inmate in the American criminal justice system and understand how prisoners with mental health problems are treated behind bars.