Trailer| South Side Story – BBC Three

South Side Story is a brand new structured reality show focusing on the real lives of a group of 18-25 year-old South Londoners. They're all striving to make a name forthemselves in the world of entertainment, but more often than not their personal lives are far more dramatic than their professional ones. Our real-life cast will sometimes express themselves in song – bursting into some of the UK’s best-loved commercial tracks. This is in many ways the real-life Glee.

Click here to meet the cast and see after the break for preview clips. 

South Side Story, coming soon to BBC Three. 

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Trailer| Desi Rascals – Sky Living

From award-winning director Gurinder Chadha known for Bend it Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice and the creator of TOWIE, Tony Wood, comes Sky Living's first real-life drama series.

Chronicling the lives of a multi-generational cast within the British-Asian community, the series will be filmed in West London in suburbs such as Southall, Harrow and Gerrards Cross, which are home to rich and diverse populations. Shot just days before transmission, Desi Rascals tells the stories of a modern, dynamic and aspirational group of characters across a range of ages as they navigate their social, professional and family lives in a fast changing community. 

The series will be rooted in the social media landscape, shot in real time and using social networks so the cast can interact with Sky Living customers as their lives unfold on screen. It will be shown twice a week at 8pm, with each episode directly influenced by how the characters and audience react to what's just happened.

Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director, Sky Living said: "I am so excited to be bringing our customers a genuinely authentic and warm approach to the non-scripted drama genre with Desi Rascals. It has exactly the tone and sensibilities we look for in a Living show and I loved the idea from the minute I heard it. I am so excited to be working with the supremely talented Gurinder and Tony, telling the stories of a charming, smart, funny and previously untapped cast of characters."

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Event| Get your tickets for the 2015 Screen Nation Awards

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Date: Sunday 15th February

Time: 4pm

Address: London Hilton Metropole, 225 Edgware Road, W2 1UJ

Taking place on Sunday 15th February across two impressive Ballrooms of the 4 star Hilton London Metropole, and to be broadcast on ABN TV (Sky235) in March, the 10th anniversary Screen Nation Awards will be hosted by Brenda Emmanus the much loved BBC London correspondent.

The industry backed achievement awards will recognize audience favorites and the emerging crop of British film & TV talent. The ceremony will be attended by mainstream stars from the worlds of business, sport, music, fashion, politics, media and entertainment. 

Hit the red carpet and join Screen Nation for an exclusive VIP champagne and cocktail reception, followed by a mouth watering 3 course African-Caribbean fusion banquet engineered by an award winning master chef. This will then be followed by the glitzy 10th Screen Nation Awards Ceremony with entertainment from some of the UK's brightest music and comic stars. 

For more information and early bird tickets, click here

 

 

Trailer| Cucumber, Banana, Tofu on Channel 4, E4 & 4oD

Check out the trailer for Cucumber, an original drama series from Russell T Davies exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. It's part of a trio of interconnecting programmes with Banana and Tofu making up the mix. Banana is a series of witty interlinked stories covering different aspects of LGBT life while in Tofu, Benjamin Cook explores modern sex in all its variety in an exclusive 4oD series. See below for the trailer for Banana and click here for more info on all three. 

Starts 22nd January. 

Event| British Urban Film Festival to host screening of ‘Selma’

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Date: Thursday 22nd January 

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm 

Address: 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ

The British Urban Film Festival has announced that the race relations activist and former Equalities advisor to the Mayor of London Lee Jasper will host the BUFF preview screening of the civil rights drama ‘Selma’ on Thursday 22nd January at the Genesis Cinema in London’s East End. Joining Lee for the post-screening Q&A will be Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro), Emerson Forde (film critic) & Akua Gyamfi (editor, The British Blacklist.com). 

Selma is the first studio film which centres on the Selma to Montgomery marches led by Martin Luther King at the height of the civil rights unrest in America 50 years ago.

The film stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Oprah Winfrey & Tim Roth. The movie has already received 4 Golden Globe nominations (David Oyelowo for best actor, Ava Duvernay for best director, Common & John Legend for best song and Selma for best film). The film will be released in the UK from 6th February 2015 by Pathe UK.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, director and founder of the British Urban Film Festival commented, “We are thrilled to begin our 10th year of urban film coverage with such a landmark film. It is an honour to be working with Lee Jasper and with institutions like Pathe, Kush Films and the Genesis Cinema to make this event possible”.

For more information about free tickets, click here

Selma is released in the UK on 6 February. 

 

News| Buzzfeed: The Rise of the Black British Actor in America

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With the recent release of Golden Globe nominated film 'Selma' which stars Brit David Oyelowo, Buzzfeed has written a piece on the rise of the black British actor in Tinsletown. Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chiwetel Ejiofer have also been popular picks across the shores so with the suggested lack of opportunities for black actors in the UK, is this new black Brit actor renaissance the way forward for the UK's home grown talent? Whatever your opinion, click here to read the full article. 

 

Lenny Henry, Shonda Rhimes & Richard Ayoade named in the MediaGuardian 100 2014

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The MediaGuardian 100 is an annual guide to the most powerful people in digital media, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, media business, advertising, marketing and PR. While Larry Page, Chief Executive of Google topped the list for the second year running, other features included Lenny Henry (who has spent the year championing diversity), uber successful showrunner and the BAFTA award-winning Richard Ayoade. For an interactive list of the full 100, click here.