Ashley Banjo will helm the ITV movie Britain in Black and White (Image: ITV)
Ashley Banjo will delve deep into Black British historical past and the civil rights motion for a strong ITV documentary.
The Dancing On Ice choose is confirmed to host Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White as a part of ITV’s line-up of Black History Month movies this October.
Final summer time, Ashley and his Range troupe have been thrust into the centre of controversy with their Britain’s Obtained Expertise efficiency, which highlighted Black Lives Matter points and police brutality.
It turned one of many most-talked about TV moments of current occasions and sparked more than 24,000 Ofcom complaints.
Now a 12 months on from the controversy, which really went on to win a Bafta, Ashley will embark on a journey into his personal previous and in addition a journey of discovery into British Historical past.
Billed as half journey of discovery, half intimate biography, Ashley will reveal how race and racism have impacted upon his life and that of his household and mates. Via conferences with civil rights trailblazers from trendy historical past, the entertainer will even attempt to perceive what it means to take a stand.
Will.i.am has additionally landed his personal movie, titled The Blackprint, which can comply with the Black Eyed Peas star as he appears to be like into Black British historical past via an American lens. The musician was born and raised in Los Angeles however has lived within the UK on and off for the previous 20 years, most just lately as a result of his work on The Voice UK.
Range’s efficiency on Britain’s Obtained Expertise turned a pinnacle second of Black Lives Matter (Image: Dymond/Thames/Syco/Shutterstock)
Regardless of his shut affiliation with the UK, will.i.am knew little about Black Britain. Nevertheless, that’s set to alter as he takes on a nationwide quest to be taught concerning the lives of Black Brits, evaluating and contrasting the lived expertise on each side of the Atlantic.
The The place Is The Love hitmaker will take pleasure in conversations with civil rights heroes and trailblazers in tech, in addition to a few of his well-known mates, to be taught concerning the milestone occasions which have helped form the trendy Black British panorama.
Information anchor Charlene White will entrance her personal documentary, Empire’s Youngster, to uncover the roots of her connection to the British Empire. The broadcaster will strive to determine why so many Black Britons, regardless of all their constructive contributions, are nonetheless combating to be recognised as British.
will.i.am will discover Black Britain via an American lens (Image: Rex Options)
Charlene’s father and uncle each served within the British armed forces, alongside many different Black servicemen and ladies. The movie comply with Charlene as she travels throughout Britain and Jamaica to analyze her personal heritage and the connection between the Empire and her household.
Elsewhere, Jimmy Akingbola will return to host the brand new sequence of Sorry, I Didn’t Know, alongside Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love because the crew leaders presiding over the friends who will battle it out over 4 rounds, unveiling attention-grabbing Black Historical past details alongside the best way.
Black Historical past Month
October marks Black Historical past Month, which displays on the achievements, cultures and contributions of black folks within the UK and throughout the globe, in addition to educating others concerning the numerous historical past of these from African and Caribbean descent.
For extra details about the occasions and celebrations which can be going down this 12 months, go to the official Black History Month web site.
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