The First Black Britons is a documentary first shown as part of the BBC’s Black History Month in October 2006, which was the most extensive ethnic programming in the corporation’s history. Written, researched and produced by Rebecca Goldstone and Tony T, their company ‘Sweet Patootee’ is the only documentary production company to specialise in highlighting the historical black British experience.
Former ‘EastEnder’ Gary Beadle is our narrator and guide; stimulating enquiry and new understanding of the Napoleonic Wars, Abolition & Emancipation, The British Empire, and, Origins of Diversity in the UK.
His journey to archives, museums and historical sites in Jamaica, Barbados and the United Kingdom, reveals a dramatic and compelling 3-part story; brought to life by historical characters and a wealth of visual and document sources.
Used with whiteboard or television, the programme is a dynamic catalyst for lesson plans in History and Citizenship (K.S. 3&4) throughout the year and during Black History Month especially.
The First Black Britons may be purchased on Amazon.co.uk or from the beckmanndirect.com website.