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Collection 4: Black Representation on British Television

A scheme of work for Key Stage 5 Media Studies that looks at how the representation of black British life on TV has evolved.

Desmond's (1989-1994)

Desmond's (1989-1994)

This scheme of work focuses on black representation on British TV from popular series like Desmond’s to lesser-known TV plays such as the provocative, Fable (1965). These lessons are designed for use with Media Studies students at Key Stage 5 and have the new 2016 specifications in mind.


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Further resources from BFI Screenonline

  • Big George Is Dead

    Returning to England from Trinidad and Tobago for one night only, a former trickster finds that old friends and communities have moved on.

  • Black Christmas

    As Christmas approaches, Gertrude gathers her family around her. But the perfect Christmas Day that she dreams of seems destined to turn to disaster.

  • Desmond's

    The varied lives of Peckham barber shop proprietor Desmond Ambrose, his wife Sheila, three children and assorted locals and regulars.

  • Norman Beaton

    A highly expressive performer, Norman Beaton became particularly associated with his role as the eponymous barber of Desmond’s.

  • Fable

    In a black-run, totalitarian Britain, a white couple are separated from their children and each other following new legislation.

  • The Fosters

    The Fosters was the first British sitcom on television to feature an all black cast, among them a young, up-and-coming Lenny Henry.

  • Till Death Us Do Part

    The BBC series which aimed to take narrow-minded, racist views and hold them up to ridicule.

  • The British Sense of Humour - a tour

    What makes Britain laugh?

  • Channel 4 Drama

    Over 30 years of diverse and challenging drama.

  • Race and the Sitcom

    How the sitcom has tackled one of society’s must difficult subjects.

  • Sitcom

    Over the last 40 or so years sitcoms have helped British society engage with itself.

  • Black Star education

    Black Star education

    A collection of resources for a range of levels and subjects, inspired by the BFI’s Black Star season.

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  • Black Star

    Black Star

    Celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.

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