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97% #OutOf100: Famalam is The Must-See Heir-Apparent To The Real McCoy!

Famalam is the BBC’s newest six-part sketch comedy show, which features the Diaspora’s next generation of potential comedy greats. The comedy sketch show began its run with episode two last Monday 9th April at 9pm, on BBC3! What’s even better, is that the talented, great-looking, seven-strong central cast is made up of the creators. Some are familiar faces, having cut their teeth on other TV comedies – two of which are BAFTA TV nominated for 2018 Best Scripted Comedy – Timewasters (2017) [1] and Chewing Gum (2015-17). Some have done the rounds on daytime dramas and murder mysteries and some...

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“Dreamgirls” Powerhouse Moya Angela Proves High School Musical Can Be Art Imitating Life

There must be something in the water in the mid-Western State of Indiana, USA. Already famous for producing the Jackson Dynasty, it also produced Indianapolis native Moya Angela, a towering musical talent, with a big heart, a dazzling smile, and an infectious, deep-felt laugh. Her acting has been praised as capturing the emotional nuance needed to fully round out a role in musical theatre, and her vocal accomplishment allows her to switch seamlessly between growl-flecked notes and a whimsical, almost operatic head voice. Currently co-sharing the headline role as Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls, we couldn’t pass...

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#TBB10 with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on his iconic role as Ike Turner in West End’s ‘Tina’

Ghanaian-Brit Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is one of those creatives who impress, whether you are considering their stage, on-camera, voice or socially conscious work. Hailing from an academically achieving family, he has a formidable intellect, which is evident in whatever he does. In securing the pivotal role of infamous singer-arranger Ike Turner in the West End’s latest jukebox-type musical Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Holdbrook-Smith has achieved a bitter-sweet victory which could catapult him to the top of musical theatre’s ‘must-have’ lists. Having concentrated on heavyweight dramatic roles, he has nurtured 3 particularly strong relationships in his stage work – with London’s...

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90% #OutOf100: Idris Elba’s “In The Long Run” Is A Nostalgic Must See

What do you get when you take the story of a Canning Town kid-made-good? Sky 1’s newest six-part period comedy, In The Long Run, based on Idris Elba’s life growing up in East London! Opening with Walter Easmon (Idris Elba), 13 years immigrated to East London reading a letter from his Sierra Leonean Mama (Ellen Thomas!). Factory foreman Walter is in early middle age, and reads his mother’s words with affection until she ends by informing him that his younger brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) is on his way to England to stay with him! Walter’s community-spirited wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah) is...

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Idris Elba Talks Authenticity & Laughs As Creator-Actor-Producer of New Sky 1 Comedy “In The Long Run”!

When you hear the name Idris Elba, you think action man, detective, supernatural gunman …  Yet,  Elba has an impressive comedy pedigree. His first television role, aged just 22, was in the British sitcom 2Point4 Children (1994). Going on to star in sitcoms on both sides of the Atlantic – Absolutely Fabulous (1995), Girlfriends (2005), The Office USA (2009).  His animated work includes Zootropolis (2016, Chief Bogo) and Finding Dory (2016, cockney sea lion Fluke). He appeared in courtroom comedy-drama Queens Supreme (2003) and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (2008). Not forgetting some of his feature films This Christmas (2007), Guy Ritchie’s music meets criminal underworld comedy RocknRolla...

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Brixton-Born Soprano Nadine Benjamin Stars in English Touring Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro”

Nadine Benjamin recently spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour about being a Brixton-born soprano and starring in one of composing genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s best-loved operas, The Marriage of Figaro. Nadine Benjamin raised on a Brixton council estate and got a job with a brokerage firm in the city on leaving school. Her music teacher told her that she had the potential to sing opera and, armed with that, she decided to give her all to realise that dream and leave the city behind. Today, hailed by Opera Now magazine as ‘one of the top ten sopranos destined...

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85% #OutOf100: ITV2’s Comedy Spy Thriller, Action Team starring Kayode Ewumi is a hit!

Commissioned from Shiny Button productions last May (2017), Action Team is the new comedy spy thriller from ITV2 which plays out in 6 half-hour episodes, beginning tonight at 10pm. Written by James De Frond, who directs, and Tom Davis, who also stars, this scripted comedy is the latest from the creative talent behind BBC3 award-winning series Murder In Successville (2015 -). Action Team is a spoof spy action-thriller, following the missions and exploits of a top-secret team of special agents working for the British government, and charged with saving the world…. with a work experience youth in tow! Alongside...

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96% #OutOf100: British Acting Legend Lennie James is Note-Perfect in Sky Atlantic’s “Save Me”

If you are one of those who have been yearning to see a realistic reflection of self in good British television drama, your wait is over. Refreshingly, Sky Atlantic’s new six-parter Save Me, is one of the most authentic representations of present-day, first generation inner city Caribbean Brits you are ever likely to see – an age group usually written as powerless, two- dimensional non-entities. Even better: the star, Lennie James, is also the creator and senior writer of the series. We spoke with the Black Excellence of the BAFTA-nominated writer (Storm Damage, 2000)/BAFTA winning actor (Lucky Break, 2001)...

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British acting legend Lennie James discusses his writer-actor roles on new Sky Atlantic Drama “Save Me”

In 2010 Lennie James’ pilot episode character Morgan Jones in zombie drama The Walking Dead was so compelling the showrunners kept bringing him back until he became a series regular from 2015. James’ portfolio is varied and pioneering. He played ace trauma consultant surgeon Mr. Glen Boyle in Sky Atlantic’s Critical (2015); Joe, father to Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown in Get On Up (2014) homicide detective Joe Geddes in the US version of the British drama Low Winter Sun (2013), and DCI Anthony “Tony” Gates in the first series of the critically acclaimed Line of Duty (2012). He also...

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Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 2 – Sci-Fi & Fantasy on TV

Coming to America is the very definition of Afrofuturism. It remained unmatched for 30 years until the release of those first-look Black Panther trailers. Reflecting on the high production values and cinematic scope of four of the biggest and best science fiction and fantasy television series’ available in the UK on streaming platforms since late 2016, we see a limited vision of character not remediable by expensive CGI or lightning-fast editing, if you look closer….

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