Since the birth of Netflix, the rules of TV have been completely re-written.
As a new generation of instant television emerges, instead of waiting months to finish one series, Netflix will now upload all 22 episodes in a series in its entirety. And other platforms have slowly but surely followed suit.
The Bodyguard? Finished it in a day. Killing Eve? Not even a week to watch the entire first series.
But as research by Directors UK shows, despite the fact 14% of the UK population consists of people from ethnic minority backgrounds, only 2.22% of our TV programmes are made my BAME directors.
Here are 10 TV shows you should be watching, or will be watching very soon, produced or directed by BAME people.
1. Noughts and Crosses (BBC)
Originally the first book in a series by Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses will be a six-part series on BBC, featuring Masali Baduza, Jack Rowan and Stormzy. There is no official release date as of yet but filming began in South Africa in late 2018, so keep your eyes peeled.
2. Grey’s Anatomy (Sky)
Officially the longest running medical drama in TV history, Shonda Rhimes, the producer of the hit TV show has officially struck gold with her fans. Praised from series one because of its inclusivity in cast members, the TV show went from strength to strength, tackling serious political and social issues with no boundaries. And if you’re a fan of this, you may want to binge one of Shonda’s many other hit series; including Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.
3. Atlanta (Sky)
Is there anything Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover can’t do? The Grammy award winning singer, both created and starred in the popular TV show, which was directed by Hiro Murai. Beyond the multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards the show has won, the series is also commended for having an all-black writing staff.
4. Beecham House (ITV)
Created by Gurinder Chadha, the director that brought us UK pop culture smashes like Bend it like Beckham and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, this new ITV show delves into the lives of the people living in a Delhi mansion during the 19th century. The TV show will be coming to your screens this year.
5. Brooklyn 99 (Netflix)
Like many-a-TV show, Brooklyn 99 has a host of directors and writers for each episode, many of them including BAME people like Phil Augusta Jackson, Linda Mendoza and Jaffar Mahmood. One of its most famous episodes, titled “Moo Moo” focuses on issues surrounding racial profiling, to which actor Terry Crews said he drew on from personal experiences.
6. Black-Ish (Channel 4)
Currently on its fifth series, Black-Ish sees a black family man, raise his family in a predominately white, middle to upper class neighbourhood. The TV show, created by Kenya Barris, stars Tracee Ellis Ross and has received magnitudes of critical acclaim including Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for outstanding comedy series. Black-Ish has been received so well by the public and critics that it has its own spin-off show, Grown-Ish, which follows the family’s eldest daughter as she goes to college.
7. Fresh off the Boat (Comedy Central)
Created by Nahnatchka Khan, Fresh off the Boat originally had low expectations from critics, however five series later, the TV show continues to bring joy and laughter to its fans’ lives. The show follows a Taiwanese family as they move to America in the 90s. Stars include Randall Park (Aquaman, Southpaw) and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians).
8. Dear White People (Netflix)
Following on from the incredible reception the 2014 film received, Dear White People was recreated for TV by Justin Simien, who directed, produced and wrote the TV show. The programme centres around characters at a predominantly white Ivy League college in America as they face forms of racial and homophobic discrimination. The New York Times praised the show and its predecessor film for its appropriation and assimilation, conflict and conflictedness concerns.
9. When They See Us (Netflix)
Hitting your screens this summer, Netflix has created yet another original TV series. A crime drama based on the true story of 5 teenagers in Harlem charged for a crime they did not commit. Based in the 80’s in the heart of New York, this mini-series is set to take the viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, but no googling what happens in the end!
10. Timewasters (ITV 2)
The ITV series is back for its second series and the time-travelling jazz band are back and better than ever. Created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, who also plays the character of Nick, the show returned to our screens again in March this year. Timewasters, which originally aired in 2017, follows the band around as they are thrust back to different era’s in time.