The day started at 6 a.m. with four episodes of Desmond 's , Norman Beaton's comedy about a Guyanese barber whose cuts of obsolete hair both mortified and stuck Peckham between 1989 and 1994.
It was a smart choice for the morning crowd; Although it wasn 't the first UK sitcom to feature a predominantly black cast, it has become one of the biggest and - sadly - UK sitcoms blacks remain rare.
The Ambrose family's efforts to create a better life for themselves, with the odds against them, are still poignant in 2021, and the headlines of 'opening are complete with scenes from HMT Empire Windrush and lyrics about leaving a sunny life for the "wet and rain of the City of London" (and the strains of Beaton's Don ' t Scratch My Soca) .
At 8 am it was east of London as The Big Breakfast returned to the screens after 19 years, with Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu leading the unique revival with lots of energy, biting humor and famous guests including Usain Bolt and Nile Rodgers.
While this was a largely light and mellow concoction, Odudu and Gilligan were not afraid to comment on the events. current, for example the latter's witty remark about Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confusing footballer and activist Marcus Rashford with English rugby player Maro Itoje: I know Marcel from Love Island featured this. '”
This led to a hilarious segment on fake identities, including an appearance by the infamous Guy Goma interviewed on BBC News as an IT expert while waiting for a job interview. In short, a delight. Gregory Robinson
Then Channel 4 showed the American sitcom Black-ish , which follows the lives of the Johnson family, as "Dre " Johnson and Rainbow "Bow " Johnson try to raise their children in a largely white suburban neighborhood while making sure they explore their black identity (including the "black culinary tradition " which is real barbecue.)
In the first episode of four, Dre coached his son Junior on how to perfect the art of gossip to deal with a bully, which ultimately led to Junior bullying his teacher. More meaningful, Dre then took her sons to “the lifeblood of the community” - the barber shop. Lessons include never changing seats, even if your barber has a day off with your haircut ( or is done for escape fiswedge). We then watched the twins Diane and Jack go on an adventure after their parents realized they were being too careful before entering the black quarters.
For a project seeking to defend black history, it seemed like a missed opportunity not to include more impactful episodes, like the much-loved Hope - which included a intergenerational talk about police brutality - or Please, Baby, Please, a more controversial episode about white supremacy and black pride that was originally hibernated in US previously be finally released .
Black-ish often sounds like a joke to black people, but that's what makes it finally crucial for a general public. Hibaq Farah
Between 12 and 3, Channel 4 has given lunchtime essentials a boost. As the primary broadcaster of cake-themed content with The Great British Bake Off, a cooking show with a former contestant seemed appropriate. A sweet episode of Liam Bakes (first aired in 2018) saw Liam Charles infuse well-known classics with a Jamaican twist, via pancake quiche, while joking with his charismatic friend Weyland .
Then it was the live broadcast of Mel B 's Packed Lunch , which was bursting with ideas and embracing chaos at every opportunity.
Trouble through the slot usually led by Steph McGovern, the former Spice Girl almost read Ch's lineslaughed "Kammy " Kamara on the blower, who in turn looked terrified as he tried out reiki live on air in Leeds. Mel then shared a few anecdotes, recounting the time when Nelson Mandela tried to put her in touch with those close to her, and ended up throwing a whole pot of salt on her shoulder while making a jambalaya to ward off the devil. (While this probably made for a bland meal, it added to the
A host Trevor McDonald's edition of Countdown acted as a sedative after the high octane drama of Mel's Day debut. The remix of this classic featured poet and playwright Lemn Sissay and journalist Marverine Cole in Dictionary Corner, with math prodigy Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, explaining to us how to solve all the puzzles in the series (surely the most our brains have been working for a while).
Overall, although at times rough around the edges, the lunch time slot was a roller coaster of family fun. Kemi Alemoru
A Place in the Sun got a facelift, as Jean Johansson took us to the sunny shores of Marbella on the Costa del Sol with Tracy-Anne and Clement de Croydon in tow. I loved them immediately, because of their desperation to flee the UK.
At first, the couple proudly resisted the charms of Nueva Andalucia, with their chic waterfront and shiny yachts. But, over time, it was the large amount of available space that won them over. The couple 's astonishment at "What do they call it?has yet? Jack and Jill? No, just twin sinks "was hilarious, mainly because every sunny country seems to have them. Once the sangria started flowing in the rustic old town of San Pedro, they got to appreciate the beauty of the city. For a show I watched, glassy-eyed, school sick days, A Place in the Sun did something daring this time around - and Johansson's Scottish accent on the voiceover was a treat.
Then more houses. Except these are free (sort of). The Great House Giveaway is a cross between Grand Designs and Homes Under the Hammer. Our host Tayo Oguntonade is a real estate expert, known as BrickzWithTipz on social networks. Although it 's heavy with numbers , the spectakey is simple. Two renovation beginners are paired. They try out a property to renovate, before flogging it and hoping to make a profit. Due to the pandemic, auctions are now taking place virtually, so unfortunately we did not hear any aggressive hammering.
We saw Oguntonade give Yolanda and Patrick three months to 'modernize' a property in Oldham (i.e. they discovered they needed new support beams to keep everything from collapsing. Although I am not fluent in construction, things seemed to go downhill from there.
The highlight of the late afternoon lineup, however, was Come Dine With Me , which aired throughout the week. In the Northwest, we saw a bubbly group gather around a table worthy of a competition of the Covid era; he was big enough for social distancing, and clearly in a cushion that didn't belong to any of the competitors, so there was no nosy in the sock drawers. This final episode was hosted by Jane, paying homage to her Malawian and Indian heritage, and with Pete, Julia and King tied for first place, it was the decision maker.
Watching guests make faces at their rivals' menus was a treat, and once they started cooking it became difficult to contain my laughter at their illusions of victory.
Once the wine was flowing, one of the contestants gently teased that it tasted like urine, only to wonder how they knew what it looked like urine. "Oh come on, we've all experienced it " was the silence-inducing response. It was refreshing to see the show less carried away by the incredible sarcasm of the narrator, Dave Lamb, and more by the guests, with a new flavor and spiciness. Danielle Koku
Considering that Hollyoaks caters to 16-24 year olds, there was a lot to rent in this Black to Front special. The episode highlighted pressing topics, from transness and homosexuality to the problematic nature of the "strong black woman" trope - all served at a nice black family barbecue at the old c full of drama, dominoes and electric slides to Cameo 's Candy . There is a certain level of cheese that goes with the soap that isn't to everyone's liking - and the less said about the boating lake stunt work, the better - but it is. was undeniably a much needed celebration of culture, family andof darkness.
Channel 4 News, on the other hand, felt truly revolutionary, an inspiring glimpse of what could be - should be ! - occurring in all newsrooms on a minimum monthly basis. The headline of the evening was that the Queen is "Supporting Black Lives Matter ", a statement that surely raises more questions than it answers. Fortunately, a group of brilliant speakers were on hand to discuss the scoop, with Chardine Taylor Stone ably calling on Her Majesty to return the looted jewelry if she is truly for the cause.
After two hours of educational and political television, it was refreshing to watch a heartwarming show like Love It Or List It receive the Black To Front treatment, with hosts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer temporarily replaced by the brothersand sisters Scarlette and Stuart Douglas. There isn't much to unbox in a program like this, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention how charming and eminently watchable the Douglas ones were, as they breathed a much needed new lease of life into it. in well-worn home improvement format. Josh Lee
Celebrity Gogglebox featured existing black actors, as well as Instagram star Tinie Tempah, Maya Jama, Ashley Banjo of Diversity Munya Chaw awa , and Loose Women 's Charlene White and Judi Love. Probably the safest bet of Channel 4's late-night programming, the show rarely strayed from its carefree formula, though Drag Race UK alumni Tia Kofi and Tayce have been heavily watched.bles.
Although firmly set in the midst of wealthy British Nigerians and Ghanaians in West London, the new four-part series on the Highlife “docuality” sounded strangely familiar. Clearly taking inspiration from real housewives and the early seasons of The Amazing Kardashians, its appeal rested heavily on the vanity of transposing cultural touchstones onto well-worn narratives and balancing personal aspirations with parents' expectations.
The show, which featured established talent including singer-songwriter Kamille and DJ Cuppy - daughter of a billionaire oil and gas mogul - may not have been revolutionary, but did well to reflect West Africa's growing influence on British popular culture. Nowhere was this more evident than on the original tape.ginale, a clever mix of afrobeats and Lagosian hip-hop.
New and eagerly awaited Big Age comedy (written by the author of Love in Color Bolu Babalola) is coming to the end of a golden age for tales from about twenty years . Episode one saw aspiring writer Sade (Ronkẹ Adekoluẹjo) struggle with the doubt of reaching the titular 'old age' of 25 while her best friend - the glamorous vegan Dela - embodied an ideal of less anxiety-provoking young woman. While there were nuances of the target Chewing Gum and Issa Rae 's Awkward Black Girl in this pilot, I'm interested to see where this show - and its supporting male cast hunky - could go if it was orderede for a whole series.
To end the day, a late-night thematic talk show Unapologetic , which featured a panel including comedian Dane Baptiste and the 'former Guardian columnist Gary Younge discussing topics such as colorism and racism in sport. This was probably the most genuinely sweeping offer, though its insistence on "the past 18 months " made it seem like a belated response to BLM.
Co- produced by SBTV and presented by Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz, I could see a modified versione to spread. It ended with an onanist debate on whether persity initiatives like Black to Front could represent a path to significant progress. "Everything has to start from somewhere ... let's see what happens in a year ", Baptiste concluded.
With Unapologetic marking the end of programming original of the day, the channel's programming continued into the early hours of the morning with a film and repeated drama, in the form of Moonlight and I Am Danielle by Dominic Savage, with Letitia Wright. A not-so-subtle hint, perhaps, that Channel 4's commitment to black representation is more than an obligation. Alex Brume