What To Watch W/C Monday 17th October

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month …

We can look forward to watching programmes such as In The Shadow Of Mary Seacole brought to us by the brilliant David Harewood who took three years to document his journey tracing the creation of a statue honouring Mary Seacole. We can also watch Docudrama Una Marson: Our Lost Caribbean Voice, about the life of the poet and playwright and campaigner. Powerful Black Women and Powerful stories.

And check out the rest of our list of programmes you’ve most definitely been waiting for!

London Kills – Monday 17th October @ 2:15pm | BBC One

Drama series following the detectives of an elite murder investigation squad in London.


Judi Love: Black, Female and Invisible – Monday 17th October | Channel 4

Comedian and presenter Judi Love embarks on an eye-opening and emotional journey, exploring how from health to education and work, the odds are stacked against Black women living in the UK today.

Image: Channel 4


The Other Art Show – Monday 17th October @ 11pm | Sky Arts

Magazine exploring British culture, bringing to the fore new talent and existing artists, and showcasing music, comedy and art. Aaron and Demii test their pottery skills, Demii travels to Cornwall and Sam Obaseki enjoys a bus tour with the award-winning Slim. Plus, Natalie Gayle is at Love Supreme.


In The Shadow Of Mary Seacole – Tuesday 18th October @ 10:45pm | ITV

David Harewood embarks on a personal, three-year journey across Britain, Jamaica and Crimea, tracing the creation of a statue honouring Mary Seacole, the Jamaican woman who set up a British hotel and served as a nurse during the Crimean War. Seacole has always been one of Harewood’s heroines, and here he tells the story of how the unveiling of her memorial statue – standing opposite the Houses of Parliament in London – marks the first time a statue has been created in honour of a named black woman.


War of the Worlds: S3 – Wednesday 19th October | Disney+

The war between the survivors and aliens reaches a new turning point and a terrifying phenomenon grips countless people across the globe. With stakes at an all-time high, one survivor sets out to investigate, forming a tentative partnership with another unlikely hero along the way. The pair will need to use every resource they have available to face an opposition more dangerous than ever in their fight, once again, for the survival of all humanity. Starring Bayo Gbadamosi and Aaron Heffernan.


The School For Good And Evil – Wednesday 19th October | Netflix

Best friends Sophie and Agatha find their bond put to the test when they are whisked away to a magical school for future fairy-tale heroes and villains. With Kit Young, Kaitlyn Akinpelumi, Chinenye Ezeudu, Demi Isaac Oviawe and MylesKamwendo


Gangs Of London: S2 – Thursday 20th October @ 9pm | Sky Atlantic

One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and ex-undercover cop Elliot is now being forced to work for the investors Starring Lucian Msamati, Sope Dirisu, Paapa Essiedu and Pippa Bennett-Warner.


Nicola Adams: Me and IVF – Thursday 20th October @ 9pm | ITVBe

Following British Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and her partner – model Ella Baig – as they go through IVF treatment and pregnancy, focusing on their journey from IVF to motherhood, with key personal moments captured along the way.

Image Credit: Matthew Brookes


The Peripheral – Friday 21st October | Prime Video

Set in the future when technology has subtly altered society, a woman discovers a secret connection to an alternate reality and a dark future of her own. With Gary Carr, T’nia Miller, Eli Goree and Julian Moore-Cook.


The Handmaid’s Tale: S5 – Sunday 23rd October @ 9pm | Channel 4

June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah. With O-T Fagbenle.


Una Marson: Our Lost Caribbean Voice – Sunday 23rd October @ 9pm | BBC Two

Docudrama telling the extraordinary story of the trailblazing Jamaican poet, playwright and campaigner, who became the BBC’s first black producer and broadcaster. Joining the BBC’s Empire Service during the Second World War II, she gave voice to Caribbean writers and intellectuals and brought their stories and culture to a global audience accustomed to hearing only English accents. Una played by Seroca Davis.

Image: BBC One

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