Documentaries Featuring Black History & Modern Day Black Heroes

Most of the clickable buttons below are online links to TV programmes or documentaries that have been shown on British Mainstream TV over the past two years or so. 

In recent times, a great many organisations including the mainstream media in the UK, have been making an extra special effort to promote diversity. This is a small sample of numerous quality TV documentaries aired during Black History Month 2020 (and some repeated in 2021) or in response to the call for more diversity, or attempting to address historical racial concerns. 

Many are easily found online on YouTube, etc. or streaming on BBC iPlayer etc. as well as on mainstream TV for your education and/or enjoyment. We hope this short selection will benefit and enlighten you.  

BT article on Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story - Also shown on ITV on 24th Oct. 2021

Standing Firm is presented and narrated by BAFTA award-winning Benjamin Zephaniah...

It is featured on BT Sport. You can watch clips of it in the detailed article linked above. The full video is in the link below:

Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story: The full video on BT Sport Films

Small Axe - Education - Compulsive Viewing

David Lammy interviewed about The Unremembered (Millions of Black soldiers who died in WW1)

Enslaved with Samuel L. Jackson - BBC2 October 2020

Black & British - A Forgotten History

The Black Nurses who saved the NHS

Lenny Henry interviewed by Alan Yentob

House full of Beautiful Music

The Novels that shaped our World

David Olusoga presents: Black British a Forgotten History

Black is the New Black (now on YouTube) (Contains Bad Language)

Being Blacker - film by Molly Dineen (now on YouTube) (Contains Bad Language)

Ainsley Harriott Caribbean Cooking series

Cape Town - Slave Ship Mutiny - in secrets of the dead

The Battle over Statues - (2018) featuring Afua Hirsch and historian David Olusoga

Lemn Sissay interviewed by Alan Yentob

RDF may interview, or invite to our debates, some of the presenters hosting these or similar documentaries in the future. 


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