Black (In)Visibility on British TV

Thursday 17 June 6.30pm
It’s 2021 where are the Black chat /game shows, dramas, comedies, thrillers, action films on our mainstream TV channels ?

It has been three-quarters of a century since the Windrush ship arrived in Britain from the Caribbean but, in those seven decades of British-Caribbean people paying their BBC licence fees and playing a significant role in this society, the miniscule number of British-Caribbean television shows on the “mainstream” channels can still just be counted on your fingers and toes.

Where are the Black chat shows, game shows, dramas, comedies, thrillers, action films etc.? Why don’t they exist in any numbers?

Does it matter anyway? Are people in a society affected by the images that they see (or don’t see) on screen of themselves and other communities?

This talk seeks to address those questions and explore what the future may hold. It is based on a presentation given at a seminar of the same name in 2013 but updated in light of events since then.

In light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, this session is also very timely given the recent BBC decision not to commit to creating new Black shows but only to commit (after a long campaign by community activists) to re-broadcast (on iPlayer) the 1990s show “No Problem”.

This is an online event at 6.30pm UK/GMT time. Please check junk mail for link once registered. Look out for our new book Black History Walks in London Volume 1 from Jacaranda Books/ Other coming events from Black History Walks

  • Black History River Cruise
  • The Soweto Uprisings and US Human Rights violations
  • Fibroids and reproductive health: new research from the Caribbean
  • Jim Kelly, Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights
  • 1968 Race Relations Act and the legacy of Black Lawyers?
  • African Superheroes Day
  • Ultraviolence Black deaths in British police custody. Ken Fero
  • Coded Bias: Racism disguised in computer programming
  • The Gentrification of Peckham and Black Urban removal worldwide
  • The British Black Panther Movement interviews
  • 19th Century Superheroine Sarah Parker Remond

About the Speaker:

Ron Belgrave is the Director of Sankofa Televisual and maintains an active interest in Black media issues. In the mid-2010s he ran the annual Film Caribbean festival in London, arranged broadcasting of the first Caribbean-based sitcom on British television (Sky satellite) since the 1990s and screened the first ever Barbadian feature film in British cinemas.

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