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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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