To mark Black History Month this coming October, ITV has announced a series of specially commissioned shows and a new channel branding.
Celebrating the contribution of black people in television, comedy, history and wider culture, ITV will broadcast a host of new programmes and will promote the work of Black artists in the channel’s on-air branding throughout the month.
Alison Hammond: Back To School (w/t)
In this one-hour special, Good Morning Britain’s beloved Brummie Alison Hammond will be going on the definitive school trip.
From Hadrian’s Wall to Hampton Court, Alison will travel across Britain to discover a different side to the history that is taught in schools.
With the help of Britain’s expert historians, Alison will uncover the black figures who have been overlooked from the history books, and the significance these people had in Britain’s history.
Sorry, I Didn’t Know
This four-part comedy panel show will test the players’ and audiences’ knowledge of untold stories and unsung heroes throughout history.
Jimmy Akingbola (Kate and Koji) will host the rip-roaring show, which aims to showcase the best up-and-coming comedians from diverse backgrounds as they address the huge lack of knowledge people have about Black history.
Sorry, I Didn’t Know is unapologetic, acerbic and bold, and will offer something for everyone.
Black Comedy Legends (w/t)
With a combination of nostalgic archive footage and celebrity interviews, this one-hour special will take a look at Britain’s Black comedy legends and the shows that defined the genre, such as Desmonds and The Real McCoy.
From Charlie Williams, Yorkshire’s breakout black comic, to today’s comedy pioneers like Michaela Coel, Black Comedy Legends will offer an insight into the legacy of black comics over the years and how the next generation are shaping the future.
Charlene and Friends (w/t)
Created by ITV News presenter Charlene White, this brand-new studio show will provide young people with an honest discussion about racism, with films, animation and music from the UK’s great young talent.
Airing across CITV and ITV, Charlene and Friends (w/t) will share short animated stories of children’s real-life experiences of racism, while top experts offer interesting facts and answer questions from children across the UK, teaching them about the diversity of the human race.
ITV’s Satmohan Panesar has overseen the commissioning for Black History Month. Panesar commented: “These programmes span Factual, Entertainment, and Children’s in an effort to reach out to viewers across the board at all levels.
“We hope viewers will enjoy the incredible stories, wonderful entertainment and fascinating people they focus on as we look at Britain from a vital and different perspective and celebrate the contribution of black people to Britain’s story, our culture and our lives”.