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BPS Recommends: Celebrating Black History Month 2023

Tuesday, 26 September

Black History Month UK



To celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re recommending a fantastic line-up of films and television shows featuring or created by artists of black heritage or celebrating black culture. From comedy, drama, documentary and music, there's something for everyone! So, what are we waiting for? Let's get watching!

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (2021)

12 | 1 Season | Docuseries

Food, community, culture, resiliency. Based on Jessica B. Harris’ award-winning book, High On The Hog traces the moving story of a people's survival and triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American kitchen. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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Two Distant Strangers (2021)

18 | 32m | Short

In this Oscar-winning short film, a man trying to get home to his dog becomes stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a cop.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the short.

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When They See Us (2019)

15 | 1 Season | Drama

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series

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Black Box (2020)

15 | 1 hour 40 Mins | Sci-Fi

After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Emperor (2020)

15 | 1 Hour 39 Mins | Western Historical Drama

An action-packed epic inspired by legendary 19th century freedom fighter, Shields "Emperor" Green, a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South. An inspirational story of courageous black history.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Miss Virginia (2020)

12 | 1 Hour 42 Mins | Drama

An inspiring, heart-warming and extremely relevant true story. When Virginia Walden an impoverished single mother is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington D.C. she launches a movement to change the system that is responsible.

Watch the trailer. 

Watch the film.

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The Hair Tales (2022)

14+ | 1 Series | Documentary

The Hair Tales is about Black women, beauty and identity through the distinctive lens of Black hair. The series leads the audience through a revelatory journey of connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historic themes.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 2 Hours 7 Mins | Drama/History

An incredible and inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history's greatest operations - the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Fences (2017)

12A | 2 Hours 19 Mins | Drama

Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (in an Oscar-winning role) and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1985 play of the same name. In 1950s Pittsburgh, tensions rise between a former baseball player, his wife and their extended family.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Monsters and Men (2018)

15 | 1 Hour 38 Mins | Drama

When the police shoot a man and a film of the event goes online, it affects three Black men - a dad, a police officer and a young baseball star - in different ways.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Black and British: A Forgotten History (2016)

PG | 1 Season | History

Historian David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa.

If you enjoy this season you can also check out David Olusoga's book of the same name.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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Unsaid Stories (2020)

Limited Series | Drama

A powerful exploration of racism - four short films made in four weeks.

Watch the series.

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Funmbi Omotayo: NextUp Special

15 | 30 Mins | Comedy

Join Funmbi Omotayo on an observational comedy tour through Hackney and his Nigerian roots, all in his wonderfully calm and charismatic style.

Watch the show.

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On TV...

Women of Hip Hop & Soul: Later...with Jools Holland

Jools presents a compilation of performances from the Later archives, including Erykah Badu making her debut in 1997, as well as appearance by Kelis, India Arie and Angie Stone from the early 2000s. British stars include Ms Dynamite in 2002, the 2017 debuts on the show by Stefflon Don and Jorja Smith, and Little Simz, who has appeared three times over the years. Plus, Mary J Blige singing her anthem “No More Drama” in 2002.

BBC2: Sat 7 Oct | 8:35pm - 9:35pm

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White Nanny, Black Child

1 Hour 30 Mins | Documentary

Documentary in which a group of Nigerians fostered by white families in the 1970s reveal the heartfelt impact of their challenging upbringing.

Channel 5: Tue 3 Oct | 10pm - 11:30pm

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Start Watching...

With so many great films, it’s about time we start watching, if we want to get through the list. Follow Live & Local on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for regular film recommendations and more.

Streaming Films Online

Many of the films on BBC iPlayer, ITVX and All4 offer subtitles and audio description.
For a handy guide on getting setting up and using BBC iPlayer on your smart TV click here.

A guide to film certificate age ratings can be found here.


You can find out more about celebrating Black History Month here.

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