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Black History Month returns to ITV



A series of specially commissioned films as part of ITV’s Fresh Cuts strand and a star-studded four-part series shining a light on ‘Black History Makers’, will lead ITV’s programming for Black History Month, this October.

In addition, ITV has commissioned a special timeline covering key moments of Black TV history on ITV which includes the programmes which launched the careers of household names including Sir Trevor McDonald, Sir Lenny Henry and Charlene White.

ITV’s Fresh Cuts strand

Five rising filmmakers – Louise Coleman, Yemi Adegbulu, Daniel Dempster, Jason Osborne and David Adeyemi – were selected for their contemporary innovative ideas capturing Black Britishness for their first network long-form documentary for ITV as part of the Black History Month 2022 Fresh Cuts strand housed at Multistory Media, part of ITV Studios. The series kicks off on Sunday 2nd October at 22:50pm with Daniel Dempster’s Everyone Can Rap, starring celebrated rapper Youngs Teflon.

Sorry, I Didn’t Know

Jimmy Akingbola will return for a third series to host the new series which will air in October on ITV and ITV Hub, as part of ITV’s Black History Month celebrations. Chizzy Akudolu and Judi Love will also be back as the team leaders presiding over the guests as they battle it out over four rounds, unveiling interesting Black History facts along the way. The show will once again be a riotous showcase of some of the hottest comedians from diverse backgrounds as they have their knowledge tested of untold stories and unsung heroes.

Sorry, I Didn’t Know is commissioned by Joe Mace and Gemma John Lewis in ITV Entertainment Commissioning. It is produced by TriForce Productions and was created by husband and wife team, Fraser and Minnie Ayres.

ITV Daytime

Starting on Friday 7 October, Good Morning Britain will offer viewers a star-studded four-part series ‘Black History Makers’. This includes The Apprentice’s Tim Campbell looking into black entrepreneurship. Also, the lead singer of M People, Heather Small looks at how Ngozi Fulani, founder of Sistah Space, helps women of African & Caribbean heritage who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

On This Morning, food favourites Ainsley Harriott, Rustie Lee and Big Zuu will be cooking up delicious Caribbean and West African cuisine, while fellow show favourite Atah Jewel will be on hand with the best beauty buys for black hair and skin. Host Alison Hammond’s off to Birmingham with actress Michelle Gayle to visit an art installation designed to educate children about Black History, and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones AKA The Black Farmer and climate activist Vanessa Nakate will be sharing their stories on the sofa.

Loose Women will shed light on topics inspired by its inspirational black panellists. Judi Love delves into the NHS investigation into racial inequalities experienced by sickle cell patients. Meanwhile, Charlene White will lead a children’s hair masterclass, and there will be inspiring Black History Month content from presenters and guests throughout the month.

Regional News

All our news services across the nations and regions are featuring specially commissioned content for Black History Month. ITV Granada will cover the opening of the Liverpool 8 archives which documents the contribution of black activists, as well as exploring a new talking therapy designed for Black African/ Black Caribbean people who have experienced psychosis. ITV Granada will also welcome students from Oasis Academy at Media City UK as they find out what it’s like to work in news gathering. ITV Anglia reflects on racial segregation in Norwich pubs during WWII and the influence of Black American servicemen in East Anglia in the 1950s and 60s. As well as a feature on Anglia Black Pound Day, focusing on black entrepreneurs in the region, ITV Calender honours Arthur Wharton who was the first professional black footballer, following the opening of Sheffield Utd – a new exhibition recognising his contribution to football and society.

Curated rails on Britbox and ITV Hub

Black History Month will be marked with a collection of documentaries, television series and films celebrating Black British voices. Documentaries in the collection include Good Hair (2009) by American comedian and actor Chris Rock. Films include Race (2016), Barber Shop: The Nest Cut (2016) starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Nicki Minaj, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Black Dynamite (2009), Precious (2009), Cadillac Records (2008), Barbershop (2002) and Flame in the Streets (1961).

ITV Black History TV Timeline

ITV has commissioned a Black History TV timeline with support from ITV Embrace – ITV’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic network – with network members and ITV colleagues submitting their favourite Black History TV moments. From the first Black contestant on Blind Date, to Sir Trevor McDonald reading News at Ten and Diversity’s BAFTA award-winning seminal dance on Britain’s Got Talent, – the timeline highlights key moments throughout ITV history that feature Black people and their stories. The timeline will be released on Monday 3rd October.