Category Archives: TV

Lenny Henry Turns 60

The Lenny Henry Birthday Show Star Rating: **** Broadcast: 22nd August 2018, BBC1 As birthday presents go getting a 60 minute birthday tribute show on primetime BBC1 television must rank pretty highly. That is one big early birthday present Sir … Continue reading

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Bishop Curry’s Sermon Too Hot To Handle

Two Young People Fell In Love and We All Showed Up During what was undoubtedly the wedding for all ages, that of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the stand out moment for me was Bishop Michael Curry’s barnstorming sermon … Continue reading

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Black-ish is the Nouveau Black

Black-ish TV rating: ***** ABC & E4 Writer & Executive Producer – Kenya Barris Black-ish is an ABC Television Production Black-ish is a sitcom based on the upper middle class African-American Johnson family who live in ‘the burbs’. The sit-coms … Continue reading

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Are We Entering a Brave New World That’s Black and British?

Black & British TV Rating: *****  November – December 2016 Channels: BBC2, BBC3 & BBC-1Xtra A Brave New TV World For so long, decades, many people have complained about the scarcity of Black programming on television. Many have forlornly pined … Continue reading

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Sunny Side up for Dane McKenzie with Sunny D

TV Rating: ***** BBC 3 and i-player November 2016 BBC The second series of Sunny D starring Dane Baptiste featured as part of the Black and British season on BBC3 which commenced last month. The story line is essentially about … Continue reading

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Dropperz the Pilot – TV Review

TV Rating: ** 2 November 2016 ITV2 Dropperz was one of four pre-MOBO 2016 pilot shows from ITV2 showcasing Black and Minority Ethnic talent. Dropperz, a British grime group are given a day alone in the plush surroundings of their … Continue reading

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All About The McKenzies Pilot 2016 – TV Review

TV Rating: ** 1 November 2016 ITV2 After three online web series and one London Live series ‘All About the McKenzies’ was back on television, this time on ITV2, with a brand new pilot episode. Yes, you read that right … Continue reading

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Is Stand Up and TV Comedy just too Middle Class?

Comedy, Class and Offence Beyond a Joke: Comedy, Identity and Offence series Part 1 Wednesday 12th October 2016 Newton North, Hamilton Centre Brunel University London The Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR), lead by its founder and Brunel University Lecturer, … Continue reading

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McGuiness and Vilani win Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Star Rating: **** The O2 Arena London SE10 Saturday 13th February 2016 Lights. Sequins. Cameras. Action. No, not me getting ready to write my next blog. Pre-Valentine’s I was fortunate to get the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Coel’s Chewing Gum leaves a bad taste in the mouth

Chewing Gum TV Rating: * E4 October 2015 So E4 have re-commissioned a second series of Michaela Coel’s ‘Chewing Gum’.  What were they thinking? Normally I would be pleased for a new young writer being commissioned for a second series. … Continue reading

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