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BBC4 to celebrate British diversity with programming slate

British pubcaster BBC4 is exploring the diverse communities that have helped shape modern British history with a slate of unscripted programming this February. Anchoring the slate is A Very British History. ...
January 14, 2019

British pubcaster BBC4 is exploring the diverse communities that have helped shape modern British history with a slate of unscripted programming this February.

Anchoring the slate is A Very British History. The 4 x 60-minute series unpacks the untold stories and key moments from the 20th century involving minority communities across the UK, including the Jewish community in Leeds, Afro-Caribbeans in Birmingham, Romany Gypsies around the home counties and Ugandan Asians in Leicester.

Produced in collaboration with BBC England and fronted by a variety of presenters from each community, the series explores the harsh realities many people faced when aiming to build a new life in Britain.

A Very British History is executive produced by Tony Parker. It was commissioned by BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison and Clare Paterson, commissioning editor.

Elsewhere, Don McCullin: Looking for England (pictured; 1 x 60 minutes) will follow the celebrated 83-year-old photographer as he journeys across Britain in an effort to document the country, from inner cities to seaside towns.

The Bright Yellow Films- and Oxford Films-produced one-off will trace McCullin as he returns to his old haunts in the East End of London, Bradford, Consett, Eastbourne and Scarborough in an attempt to encounter a diverse cast of English characters. The film also provides access into McCullin’s darkroom, a place he is allowing cameras into for the first time.

Sam Hobkinson and Nicolas Kent serve as executive producers on Don McCullin: Looking for England. It was commissioned by Harrison and Mark Bell, BBC commissioning editor for arts.

“BBC4 is a unique proposition within British TV and we’re always proud to celebrate voices and stories that are less known and often unheard,” said Harrison in a statement. “This season of programming will take viewers into a whole series of hidden corners of our nation and its story.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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