Electrifying Black dancers, families reunited – these are just a few of the selections we have for you to view this week.
Expose yourself to new television and let us know what you think of our picks. If you have any recommendations for next week’s list, get in touch!
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Monday 30th August @ 9pm | Sky Arts
You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. Experience this electrifying modern dance program that includes four audience favourites: Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma with a score by Jack White and Joby Talbot; Ronald K. Brown’s powerful Grace, with music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., and Fela Kuti; Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe; and Alvin Ailey’s beloved Revelations – a dance that will rock your soul!
Stephen – Monday 30th August @ 9pm | ITV
The drama portrays events from 2006, thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of 22 April 1993, from a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham. Even though Doreen (Sharlene Whyte) and Neville Lawrence (Hugh Quarshie) knew the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible. Their extraordinary campaign for justice led to a public inquiry that branded the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist and brought about sweeping changes in the law and police practices and transformed thinking and understanding of racial inequality in the UK.
Back to Life: Season 2 – Tuesday 31st August | BBC Three
After 18 years behind bars, Miri Matteson returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the claustrophobic coastal town she once knew in this half-hour comedy series. Starring Jo Martin.
Long Lost Family – Tuesday 31st August @ 9pm | ITV
Moving documentary series that aims to reunite long lost family members after many long years of separation. They go on a quest across the Atlantic on behalf of their eldest ever searcher. With his 87th birthday approaching, Roy David believes this is his last chance to find his daughter. But his search has a far bigger impact than he could ever have foreseen.
Code 404: Season 2 – Wednesday 1st September @ 10pm | Sky Comedy
The crime-fighting duo of the future is back. DI Carver and his AI-driven partner DI Major are out of beta and releasing on time for version 2.0. When a 20-year old cold case is reopened, the pair find themselves back together and thrown into the action. With an impending divorce, the return of his long-time absentee dad, and danger around every corner, the pressure seems to be getting to Major and he starts exhibiting strange behavioural glitches. However, much to Carver’s concern, the problems are more serious than a typical reboot can solve, and our cyborg hero may be looking at terminal failure. Starring Amanda Payton and Precious Mustapha.
Off Camera: Danai Gurira – Thursday 2nd September @ 10pm | Sky Arts
Sam Jones meets the talented and worldly Danai Gurira, who is now perhaps best known for her roles as the katana-wielding zombie slayer Michonne from The Walking Dead, and the fierce Wakanda General Okoye in Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Filmed before the release of Black Panther, Danai talks about her role as a storyteller, using her unique perspective to reveal the shared humanity between the seemingly different worlds of Africa and America.
Imagine… Bernardine Evaristo: Never Give Up – Thursday 2nd September @ 10.35pm | BBC One
Alan Yentob explores the remarkable life and work of trailblazing Anglo-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo, whose Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other has become a global phenomenon in recent years.
Malcolm X – Sunday 5th September | Netflix
Spike Lee’s epic drama spans the extraordinary life of activist Malcolm X, whose relentless advocacy for Black liberation made him a humanitarian icon. Starring Denzel Washington.