So much to watch this week!
We are very excited about this week’s highlights of Black British and international television. Have a lookout for Lonely Londoners: The Read starring Danielle Vitalis (Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, I May Destroy You) which is the first episode of ‘The Read’ series of four readings of iconic British novels. Also, catch Munya and Filly as they get chilly behind the scenes of Freeze The Fear this Tuesday. Enjoy!
Hard Cell – Tuesday 12th April | Netflix
Events planner turned women’s prison governor Laura Willis documents life behind bars. Set over a 6 week period during which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison. With Lorna Brown, Jola Olajide and Lisa Davina Phillip.
Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof – Tuesday 12th April 9pm | BBC One
In this brand new series, eight celebrities give up their warm cosy lives to live in the Italian mountains in sub-zero conditions. Over the next few weeks, they’ll be facing a series of daunting cold challenges designed to push their minds and bodies to the limit. Starring Patrice Evra and Chelcee Grimes.
Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches – Tuesday 12th April 9pm | Sky Documentaries
This documentary brings to life the words of America’s most famous anti-slavery activist. Actors Nicole Beharie, Colman Domingo, Jonathan Majors, Denzel Whitaker and Jeffrey Wright draw from five of Douglass’ legendary speeches, to represent a different moment in the tumultuous history of 19th century America as well as a different stage of Douglass’ long and celebrated life.
Munya And Filly Get Chilly – Tuesday 12th April 10pm | BBC Three
Viral comedy stars Munya Chawawa and Yung Filly go behind the scenes of Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof. From exclusive chats and Big Chilly Challenges.
Chasing Trane: The Story of John Coltrane – Wednesday 13th April 9pm | Sky Arts
Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.
Anatomy Of Scandal – Friday 15th April | Netflix
Parliamentary minister James Whitehouse is a happily married man with a loving family home, then a scandalous secret comes to light. With Josette Simon.
Roar – Friday 15th April | Apple TV+
A genre-bending anthology series that weaves together eight darkly comedic feminist fables that take unexpected approaches to subjects like gender roles, autonomy and identity. With Cynthia Erivo and Issa Rae.
The Man of God – Saturday 16th April | Netflix
This film follows the story of Samuel Obalolu, the first son of a strict disciplinarian pastor who finally “liberates himself” from his oppressed upbringing. He is hell-bent on shedding the facade of “the preacher’s son”. After a few failed relationships and heartbreaks later he ironically finds himself behind the pulpit with a wife he doesn’t love, a deep resentment born of the abuse of his upbringing and the skeletons of his past relationships threatening to upstage his success and ruin his life.
Romeo And Duet – Saturday 16th April 7pm | ITV
Oti Mabuse has swapped glitter balls for Cupid’s arrows as she takes the reins of ITV’s brand-new dating show. With her irresistible warmth and enthusiasm, Oti leads the musical matchmaking as single love seekers stand on a breathtaking balcony and are serenaded by potential love matches that they can hear, but not see.
BBC Young Dancer 2022 – Sunday 17th April 7pm | BBC Four
The ultimate talent show for young UK dancers, BBC Young Dancer returns in 2022 to showcase some of the best up-and-coming dancers in the country across a broad range of styles – from ballet to contemporary, street to tap. Presented by Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, episode one sees 72 hopefuls compete in face-to-face auditions for the chance to make it through to the final 10 dancers, who will go on to a brand new dance residency in Dartington Hall in Devon.
Idris Elba’s Fight School – Sunday 17th April 9pm | BBC Two
Can boxing turn around the lives of a group of young adults? The world-renowned actor, musician and activist Idris Elba takes on eight young Brits, each with unique challenging, personal stories and one thing in common: they want to better their future.
The Lonely Londoners: The Read – Available to view | BBC iPlayer
The Lonely Londoners is a novel by Sam Selvon, written in 1956, detailing the experience of life in Britain in the late 1940s and 50s for the Windrush generation. Performed by Danielle Vitalis and directed by Yero Tim-Bui, The Lonely Londoners juxtaposes modern imagery with fascinating archive footage to reflect how the novel shaped the London of today.
Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star – Available to view | Netflix
An icon taken too soon but never forgotten. Senzo: Murder of A Soccer Star looks into the crime that rocked a nation.