TV Pick| Music Nation – Channel 4′s Underground Music Documentary Series



music nation

Starts April 3rd 12.05am on Channel 4

In collaboration with multi-platform magazine Dazed, Channel 4's Music Nation series profiles the glory days of the UK's best underground music scenes over the last 25 years. In five documentaries, this landmark exploration of British youth culture will take in all the key players, fashions and music from five iconic underground scenes – UK garage, Bristol bass, jungle, hardcore punk and Balearic. Kicking it all off is Brandy & Coke, from garage author and photographer Ewen Spencer. See below for more info or click here. 


TV Pick| Brothers With No Game Launches on London Live



Date: Monday 31st March 

Time: 11pm (London Live launches at 6.30pm on Freeview 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159

In what has been described as the biggest UK television launch since Channel 5 in 1997, London Live (owned by ESTV) finally arrives on screens on Monday 31st March. What’s better is that hit web-series-turned-TV-series Brothers With No Game will be the first programme from the Raw strand to be broadcast, guaranteeing that the launch goes off with a bang. Transmitting daily at 11pm, Raw will showcase the freshest faces from online, urban entertainment and music across a range of comedy, factual entertainment and drama programming.


SceneProfiles| Screen Nation Awards – Favourite Female TV Star Nominees


The 2014 Screen Nation Awards take place on Sunday 23rd February with a whole host of British and international stars up for awards. Let's take a look at the nominees for Favourite Female TV Star – be sure to click here to cast your votes. 

Blackburn born AJ Odudu began her career as a reporter for BBC Blast based at Radio Lancashire. She starred as herself in Comedy Lab in 2011 and co-presented Sky Arts' coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival 2012. She may be most recognisable for presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side with Rylan Clark and Emma Willis and then Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Psych in 2013.


Watch| The Method of Love – Season 1 Pilot


Check out the pilot for new series The Method of Love starring Chuck Venn. 

Using London’s buzzing streets as a backdrop, audiences will witness the characters go through hazardous journeys of self-discovery in the quest to find true love.

To find out more about the series click here or visit themethodoflove.com

Let us know what you think. 

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TV Pick| The White Slums: Reggie Yates’ Extreme South Africa


Thursday, 9pm, BBC Three 

Reposted from BBC Media Centre

Twenty years since the first free elections and in the shadow of Nelson Mandela's death, Reggie Yates gets up close and personal with three very different communities in contemporary South Africa. By living amongst them for a week, what will he discover about the extremes of this misunderstood country in the 21st Century?

In the first episode, Reggie spends a week in South Africa's largest white squatter camp, Coronation Park, outside Johannesburg. South Africa has a white population of approximately 4.6 million and during apartheid the racist political system elevated them into a privileged position. Today, however, white youth charities claim that up to 400,000 of them now live below the poverty line, with many shacked up in small, make-shift camps, although these figures remain hotly disputed.

But behind the headlines lies an uncomfortable question: are young white South Africans now the ones being discriminated against by being on the wrong side of affirmative action? And if so, will black and white ever be truly equal in South Africa?

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SceneProfiles| VoxAfrica – 2014 Screen Nation Award Nominee


In the run up to the 9th Screen Nation Awards, SceneTV will be featuring all of the nominees in the public voting categories. Next up is VoxAfrica who are up for the Favourite Black Channel award.

Spotting a gap in the market, VoxAfrica (Sky 218 , Dstv191 and Gotv16 was created in 2007 as the first panafrican, independent and bilingual channel. The channel’s mission is to “change the way the world sees Africa” through an innovative Afro-centric approach to news, general entertainment, television production and broadcasting. More than just a TV channel, VoxAfrica is an independent multimedia platform voicing a real and positive image of Africa, Africans and the diaspora. The station is well and truly international with broadcasts in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and more. See below for more information about some of their lead programmes:


Sports 360 aims to be the pan-African leader and at the forefront of sporting events on the content of Africa and beyond, providing content by the diaspora to Africa and Africa to the diaspora. 

Voxafrica Sports 360


Afrobuzz is a popular 15 minute Afro-centric entertainment show. It features interviews and reviews of film, fashion, art and music from the UK, Africa and Worldwide.


Ladies Talk is a daytime talk show hosted by Angie Le Mar and features panellists Jacqui Joseph, Jasmine Dotiwala and Jackie Michael. 

If you would like VoxAfrica to win the Favourite Black Channel award, click here to vote. Voting closes 12am 20th February.

For more information onVoxAfrica visit www.voxafrica.co.uk

The 2014 Screen Nation Awards take place on Sunday 23 February at Park Plaza Riverbank, London. Click here to grab your ticket!

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Sochi 2014: Channel 4 goes rainbow to back gay rights


Channel 4 rainbow logo for Sochi Winter Olympics

Reposted from The Guardian

Channel 4 is to rebrand its on-screen logo with rainbow colours of the gay pride flag – and launch a TV ad campaign called "Gay Mountain" – joining the rising wave of protests about Russia's anti-gay laws on the eve of the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Channel 4, which has the TV broadcast rights to the Winter Paralympics, joins the growing ranks showing their support for gay athletes and protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.

The broadcaster's distinctive logo will be rebranded on Friday, the day of the opening ceremony, and the "what's on next" screens that air between shows will be similarly rainbow-emblazoned for the day.

Channel 4 is also launching a 90-second TV ad that will debut in prime time at 7pm on Friday – as BBC2's live coverage of the opening ceremony nears its climax – in a "roadblock" across its main channel, E4, More4 and catch-up station 4Seven.


TV Pick| Being Mary Jane Premieres on BET UK (Monday 10pm)


From the team behing award-winning comedy, The Game and US box office hit Jumping The Broom, comes BET's first original dramatic series Being Mary Jane. Starring Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Bad Boys II), the 8-part series follows news reporter Mary Jane as she juggles life, love and family. The series has already take America by storm with The Atlantic describing it as "a show with a diversity of characters that highlihgt multiple dimensions of women's lives". 

Mary Jane Paul appears to have it all; a successful career as a Tv news anchor, a beautiful home and enough money to be entirely self-sufficient. However, there's no such thing as a one-woman show, as MJ discovers when she starts her hunt for 'Mr Right'. She may report on everyone else's lives each night on the evening news but what will be revealed when the curtain is pulled back to see what it's really like Being Mary Jane.

SceneTV attended a private screening of the first two episodes and this is definitley one to watch. This is a great example of a show and character that is sure to resonate with women (and men too!) across all kinds of borders. 

Co-starring Omari Hardwick, Stephen Bishop, Lisa Vidal and Aaron Spears, Being Mary Jane kicks off tonight (Monday 3rd February) at 10pm on BET Sky 187, Virgin 184 and Freesat 140. See the trailer below:

Let us know what you think!

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TV Pick| Big Ballet – Channel 4, 6th February 9pm


Big Ballet follows a troupe of plus-size amateur dancers as they attempt to realise their dream of dancing Swan Lake. Rebellious dance legend Wayne Sleep was the shortest dancer ever to make his debut on the Royal Ballet stage and now he wants to unlock the world of ballet for a wider audience and break one of the biggest taboos in ballet: size.

Under the watchful eye of Wayne and prima ballerina Monica Loughman, the dancers attempt to do what some experts say is impossible.

Big Ballet starts Thursday 6th February at 9pm. 

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Event| 2014 Screen Nation Film & Television Awards – Nominees Announced


The Screen Nation Awards are the first & only industry related Film, TV & Digital Media Awards event celebrating the leading professionals of African Diaspora heritage from the UK and overseas. The 9th edition is set to take Sunday 23rd February at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London. The star-studded ceremony will be hosted by the hilarious comedian Ali Baba, aka the Godfather of Nigerian comedy and Caroline Chikezie, the Hollywood-based actress and newest star of the iconic 24 series starring Kiefer Sutherland. Don't worry, you'll also be able to see the awards play out on screen with a special broadcast on Vox Africa (Sky 218) in March and across the African continent on the DStv platform. 

Actor and director Bill Duke (known for his roles in Commando and Predator) will receive the award for Outstanding Contribution, while the late comedian and actor Felix Dexter will posthumously receive the Edric Connor Inspiration award. Honorary awards will also be given to classic works Do The Right Thing, The Cosby Show and Desmond’s.

Voting for nominees in key categories including Favourite Male/Female Star are open to the public until 12am, 20th February – see the full list of nominations below and cast your vote here

You can also attend the event and rub shoulders with your favourite personalities from the world of entertainment, business and sport. Click here to get your ticket  - move quickly if you want to take advantage of the early bird discount!

For more information, visit www.screennation.com

The nominees are as follows:


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