If you’re looking to discover more about some of the most iconic Black sports people in the world, we have a few picks for you. From the captivating rivalry between Frank Bruno and Mike Tyson to the epic rise of footballer Pele, there’s loads to explore. Though the list is sports heavy, we still have a great range of TV and film to keep you good till next week.
Fate: The Winx Saga – The Afterparty – (Netflix)
The stars of hit Netflix original fantasy show Fate: The Winx Saga including Precious Mustapha play trivia and chow down on hot wings with hosts of Netflix’s weekly comedy panel show The Afterparty that discusses Netflix’s hottest content hosted by London Hughes, David Spade and Fortune Feimster.
Driving Force – Monday 22nd February (Sky Documentaries – 8pm)
Boxing legend Natasha Jonas discusses the driving forces behind her astonishing success. Being the first-ever Black British female boxer to compete at the Olympic Games, Natasha Jonas unpacks the highs and lows in her extraordinary sporting trajectory.
Cut Throat City – Monday 22nd February (Sky Cinema and NOW TV)
Set amid the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, four friends attempt to pull off a dangerous heist in the heart of New Orleans. Directed by RZA, Starring: Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Kat Graham, Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Isaiah Washington
Pele – Tuesday 23rd February (Netflix)
This Netflix original documentary looks at the rise to excellence of iconic footballer Pele against the backdrop of a turbulent era in Brazil. The documentary captures Pelé’s extraordinary path from breakthrough talent to national hero.
Black Mirror (Fifteen Million Merits – Series 1), Johnny English Reborn, Kick-Ass 2, Watership Down – Wednesday 24th February (Netflix)
In celebration of Daniel Kaluuya’s birthday this Wednesday have yourself a Kaluuya fest.
Black Mirror series 1 the episode Fifteen Million Merits is is set in a world where people’s lives consist of riding exercise bikes to gain credits. Kaluuya plays Bing a man who tries to help a woman get on to a singing competition show.
Johnny English Reborn sees Rowan Atkinson as a secret agent who goes up against international assassins hunting down Chinese Premier Xiang Ping. Kaluuya plays Agent Tucker in the spy spoof.
Kick Ass 2 in the rowdy sequel about a bunch of wild superheroes Kaluuya plays Black Death.
Watership Down – in this modern adaptation of the 70s original animation, Kaluuya voices Bluebell in the tale of a bunch of rabbits fleeing their doomed warren.
The Bay – Wednesday 24th February (ITV – 21:00)
The series finale of The Bay airs this week with DC Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) and her team get closer to winding up the difficult to resolve murder of Stephen Marshbrook (Stephen Tomkinson), a lawyer assassinated during a family barbecue. With the incredible complex case proving a difficult one to crack, Lisa continues to battle with her personal life whilst trying to get justice for the Marshbrook family.
Starring Simon Manyonda as D.S Alexander Stewart.
Dating No Filter – Thursday 25th February (Sky One – 22:00)
The hit US dating show has been brought back by Sky. Dating No Filter is a fresh and hilariously honest take on modern dating. The UK version will see a group of singletons sent on blind dates, set up by quick-witted comedians such as Susan Wokoma and Chunkz & Young Filly.
Escape from Pretoria – Friday 26th February (Amazon Prime Video)
Starring a very grown-up, Harry Potter who? Daniel Radcliffe, Escape From Pretoria is about two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the African National Congress, who are determined to escape from the notorious Pretoria Prison.
Directed by Francis Anan
United States vs Billie Holiday – Friday 26th February (Sky Cinema)
Andra Day stars in her Golden Globe-nominated role as Billie Holiday. The jazz singer is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics after performing her politically charged song “Strange Fruit“.
Bruno v Tyson – 26th February (Sky Documentaries – 21:00)
Covering the highs and lows of one of boxing’s most fondly remembered rivalries, this is the story of Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno. It was presented as a battle of hero versus villain. Britain’s gentle giant Frank Bruno versus America’s ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ Iron Mike Tyson. But behind the headlines and hype that surrounded both fighters, their lives were connected like two sides of the same coin. The boxing rivalry, spanning two epic fights marred by politics and volatile race relations, as the old foes come together for a reunion.