Our list this week has some important and great work for you to view…
Including Michael X: Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw which looks into the life of the ‘Black British Malcolm X’. This week our very own Akua Gyamfi will host a panel looking into Michael X’s life alongside prominent Black British historians, documentary contributors and social commentators. Don’t forget to check out our Instagram on Thursday for an insight into the event.
Spending Black: the Currency of Community? – Tuesday 12th October | BBC Three
Presenter Aaron Roach Bridgeman explores the history of ‘spending Black’ in this 30-minute documentary, discovering that it is far from a new concept – but its sudden popularity could have big ramifications for Black business and their owners. Bridgeman meets businesses that have benefitted financially and culturally from this unprecedented investment in the black pound and uses statistics to discover who, where and why people are choosing to spend black. Will this surge in spending black last – and could it bring tangible change to the Black community?
will.i.am: The Blackprint – Thursday 14th October 9pm | ITV
Will.i. am has been welcomed into British life over the past 20 years, but has never really got to know black Britain. Here, he meets a range of inspiring people in a journey that spans the past, present and future. will.i.am: The Blackprint is one of the specially commissioned films leading ITV’s programming for Black History Month, this October.
Guilt – Thursday 14th October 9pm | BBC Two
Award-winning drama Guilt returns for a new four-part series full of twists, turns and deception. In an Edinburgh cellar, two gunshots ring out. Across town, Max McCall is released from prison. These two events gradually come together as Max tries to rebuild his life, and new arrival Erin tries to save hers. With Rochelle Neil.
Complaints Welcome – Thursday 14th October 10pm | Channel 4
Comedians Tom Allen, Jessica Knappett and Munya Chawawa will join forces to assemble a “Complaints Committee” of viewers with plenty to say about the television shows getting the nation talking each week. From daytime to documentaries, preschool to politics – no genre of TV is off-limits.
Stand up to Cancer – Friday 15th 7.30pm | Channel 4
Maya Jama will host a glittering night of live TV as famous faces from the world of sport, film, music and comedy come together to Stand Up To Cancer.
COBRA: Cyberwar – Friday 15th October 9pm | Sky Max
In the aftermath of both the solar and political storm for series one, democracy is under threat from cyber attacks on critical infrastructures and subversive fake news movements. It’s up to Prime Minister Sutherland and his ever-dependable Chief of Staff Anna Marshall to steer the country on a more even course. With Richard Pepple, Marsha Thomason and Dipo Ola.
Michael X: Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw – Saturday 16th October 9pm | Sky Documentaries
This is the untold story of the rise and fall of Michael X – otherwise known as Michael De Freitas or Michael Abdul Malik – who was once heralded as the UK’s answer to Malcolm X. With insider testimony from those who knew him and unseen archive footage, Michael X: Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw provides a chance to re-evaluate this divisive historical figure who spent the end of his days on death row until he was eventually executed by signed order of the Queen. Exploring a defining period of modern British history, we unravel Michael’s childhood in Trinidad, the genesis of the British Black Power Movement and the intoxicating days of counterculture and Notting Hill Carnival, before returning to the Caribbean where Michael was tried and convicted of murder.
Karma’s World – Friday 15th October | Netflix
(One for the kids) Lyrically gifted middle schooler Karma juggles rap dreams and rhyme schemes while using her talented ambition and heart to solve any problem.
Luce – Saturday 16th October |Netflix
A disturbing discovery upends the seemingly idyllic home of an all-star student-athlete and his adoptive parents. Starring Octavia Spencer.
ear for eye – Saturday 16th October | BBC Two
Premiere. Drama following black Britons and Americans of different generations as they navigate their way through society, offering a critical perspective of how young black people are influenced by the actions of their contemporaries and forebears. Drama, starring Lashana Lynch, David Gyasi, Danny Sapani & more.