Years ago, I wrote a one-off TV drama on a fast track programme for budding UK writers, headed by Jane Tranter, then at Channel 5. The story of an up-and-coming actor stalked by a crack smoking South London cabbie was loosely based on real events.
“In today’s digital world, too many kids are at risk of living an unhealthy lifestyle,” said sports coach Ingram Jones, “and while others might be tempted to make poor choices, leading to a life of hardship or crime, we want to make a REAL difference at BaylorIC by providing sport and educational opportunities for our young people.”
America may have its Spike Lee, Toni Morrison, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey or Danny Glover, to name a few, but the recent success of British films at the box-office has brought with it no significant or corresponding improvement in the profile or fortunes of our black writers, actors and movie makers.
Leon Alexander always liked to remember the old time sayings from home. And when he dropped them on these British-born youngsters, they always had to wonder. When he explained to them, they’d get it. But he’s stopped all that now.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has feisty Precious Ramotswe (singer Jill Scott) set-up as a ‘Private Eye’ in her native Botswana. It’s a surprisingly good six-part drama series based on Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling novels.
Paul Boakye goes in search of an extreme sports fanatic and finds Sébastien Foucan is a guru in training.