Two months ago, we alerted you to a then upcoming 10-Part BBC radio documentary series on the history of black British theatre, TV and film presented by actor and comedian Sir Lenny Henry. Per the press release, the series would highlight the "history and struggle of black British creativity" over the last century.
"This Radio 4 series covers a huge span of black British theatre, TV and film – from Ira Aldridge to Steve McQueen, and Nina Baden-Semper to Bola Agbaje – it’s a great sweep of history that excites and stimulates the imagination," Sir Lenny said. "It is easy to forget that there were precedents to our current age of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) breakthroughs and by talking to the likes of Roy Williams and Mustapha Matura, we acknowledge that the young reach their current heights by standing on the shoulders of those that went before."
Trinidadian playwright Mustapha Matura, actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, and theatre director Paulette Randall are among interviewees.
Titled "Raising the Bar," the series (part of the BBC’s On Stage season) was to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 throughout November.
And now, thankfully, the entire radio documentary series is available online, as I learned today – even for those not in the UK. So you can all play the entire series wherever you are.
Unfortunately, it’s not embeddable, so you’ll have to go to the BBC’s website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06phflx/episodes/player.
I only just found out the series was online, so I haven’t had time to listen to the entire 10-part program yet. But I’m listening as I type, and will continue to do so through the weekend. And maybe next week we can talk about it. There’s about 3 hours or so of content.