Watch 8+ Hours of Documentaries from BBC's 'Black and British' Season (New Content Added!)
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Watch 8+ Hours of Documentaries from BBC's 'Black and British' Season (New Content Added!)

BBC's 'Black and British' Season of Programming Celebrate Black People in the UK
BBC’s ‘Black and British’ Season of Programming Celebrate Black People in the UK

UPDATE 11/28/16: As promised, I will update this post as new documentaries from the BBC’s “Black and British” season are made available online for those of us outside the UK. This morning, I’ve added “Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS,” which tells the story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who answered the call 70 years ago to come to the UK to save the nation’s then ailing health service. It’s a tale of a struggle to overcome racism, their fight for career progression and their battle for national recognition. The full hour-long documentary is embedded at the bottom of this post, following the previously added episodes.


An ongoing series on the BBC (in the UK) currently which kicked off last month is “Black and British,” a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK, exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain.

Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio and online, the “Black And British” season features bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging orthodoxies. The season also aims to cast a fresh light on black British history, examining the contribution and impact of black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be black and British today.

I’ve compiled videos (full episodes) of programs that have aired thus far, that are available on YouTube for those not in the UK; all of them are embedded below, so dig in. There are several hours of great content here (mostly documentaries) to keep you busy through the weekend, and ultimately enlighten you.




— Headlining the season is David Olusoga’s four-part series for BBC Two, “Black And British: A Forgotten History.” The series is a fresh approach to British history and demonstrates the enormous contribution black people have made to shaping our world. The first 2 of the 4 parts are currently available. Each is an hour long:


— Next, presented by David Harewood, “Will Britain Ever Have A Black Prime Minister?” offers a hard-hitting statistical analysis of getting to the top professions:

— “Life And Death The Pentecostal Way” is an observational documentary featuring a Brixton Pentecostal church and its community:

— “Black Is The New Black” features some of the most influential and talented black Britons facing the camera and describing what it is like to be black and British today. It’s a 4-part series, but only the first 3 episodes are available at the moment:



— Next, “Back In Time For Brixton” follows a family as they are whisked through the decades in south London, from Windrush in 1948 to today.

— BBC Four’s “Roots Reggae Rebellion,” presented by rapper and poet Akala, examines the history and impact of Reggae music in Jamaica and Britain.

— “Young, Gifted And Classical: The Making Of A Maestro” tells the story of the extraordinary musical family of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of BBC Young Musician 2016.

— “Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS” tells the story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who answered the call 70 years ago to come to the UK to save the then ailing health service.

That’s all for now! As more programs from the “Black and British” BBC season continue to become available online for non-UK audiences, I’ll update this post.

Highlights of the programming are being curated on the season webpage www.bbc.co.uk/blackandbritish.

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