BBC orders second series of RTS Award-winning comedy Dreaming Whilst Black

Salmon (Chivalry) stars in the series as Kwabena, a recruiter with big dreams of being a filmmaker. Loosely inspired by Salmon’s life, Kwabena embarks on a series of opportunities trying to get his start in film, whilst also paying rent, dealing with love, and battling his own daydreams.

BBC and A24 to adapt Booker-winning novel Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain tells the tragic story of an impoverished childhood in 1980s Glasgow. Shuggie is an effeminate boy who struggles to fit in, and so looks to his mother Agnes as a guiding light.

Agnes is convinced of her own stardom and dreams big of a house with its own front door. But she finds herself increasingly drawn to drink and oblivion, draining away their benefits which is the only means they have to survive.

Shuggie cares for her as she battles her addiction while he strives to be the normal boy he longs to be.

BBC Comedy commissions full series of Dreaming Whilst Black with Big Deal Films and A24

 Dani Moseley as Amy and Adjani Salmon as Kwabena (credit: BBC/Big Deal Films/Anup Bhatt)

Loosely inspired by true life events, Dreaming Whilst Black follows aspiring filmmaker Kwabena, a man stuck in a dead-end job who spends his time flitting between reality and a fantasy world of success. Kwabena is desperate to make it in “Babylon”, the only problem is he's broke, Black and born into a Jamaican family who wishes he was an accountant.

The pilot, adapted from the hugely popular web series co-written by Adjani Salmon and Ali Hughes, saw Salmon scoop the RTS Breakthrough award at this year's Programme Awards back in March. 

Award-winning comedy drama Ramy returns to Channel 4 for series two

Ramy Youssef as Ramy (credit: Channel 4)

Created by and starring comedian Ramy Youssef, the series follows the titular Ramy (Youssef) on a conflicting spiritual journey, caught between his Muslim faith and his millennial friends in modern America.

The son of Egyptian immigrants Maysa (Hiam Abbass, Succession) and Farouk (Amr Waked, Lucy), Ramy is forced to navigate the opposing lifestyles of his Muslim community, who see life as a moral test, and his friends, who think life has no consequence.