8 October 2021, 17:01
Series and films like I May Destroy You, Rocks and Small Ax are must-see projects.
It’s Black History Month in the UK, and to celebrate, here’s a list of UK TV and film noir shows you can stream today.
Black History Month is held every October in the UK. The month is used to recognize and honor the history and culture of Black Britons. It is also used to educate people about the ways black people still face oppression and to encourage those of us who are not black to reflect on the ways in which we are complicit in racism and to make changes. concrete.
With that in mind, we wanted to spotlight a few iconic British noir movies and series that you must watch.
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1) I can destroy you – BBC iPlayer
If you haven’t watched I can destroy you yet where were you? The series, written and starring Michaela Coel, tells the poignant story of Arabella, a Twitter star turned novelist whose life is turned upside down after her rape. Viewers praised the drama for its flawlessly honest portrayal of sexual assault and the incredible lead performance of Michaela.
The series won the Best Miniseries award at the BAFTAs and Michaela won the Best Actress award at the ceremony. She also won the Outstanding Writing Award for a Limited or Anthology Series or Film at the 2021 Emmys.
2) Boy’s Top -Netflix
Boy’s Top first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011 and lasted for two seasons. It was then rebooted by Netflix in 2019 with Drake as executive producer. The crime drama takes place in the fictional Summerhouse Estate in Hackney and involves rival drug dealers in the area. The series has been praised for its tight plot, stunning soundtrack, and fully realized characters.
The series stars Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson and Little Simz.
3) Rocks -Netflix
Few coming-of-age dramas are as touching as Rocks to Netflix. The film tells the story of a teenage girl, nicknamed Rocks, who struggles to take care of herself and her younger brother after their single mother abandons them. As moving as the film is, Rocks is also a funny, genuine and heartfelt portrayal of teenage girls in the UK.
The film is linked by the phenomenal performance of Bukky Bakray as The Rocks. Bukky was so good that she won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for the role.
4) Small Ax – BBC iPlayer
Directed by movie legend Steve McQueen, Small Ax is a five-film anthology series, which tell five very unique stories about Caribbean immigrants to the UK. Of Mangrove, which deals with the historic Mangrove Nine trial in 1971 for Red, White and Blue, which is about Black Police Association founder Leroy Logan, every movie is worth watching.
Malachi Kirby won the Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTAs for his role as Darcus Howe in Mangrove and John Boyega won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes for his role as Leroy Logan in Red, White and Blue.
5) Highlife – All 4
Highlife is a new documentary series launching this year and it follows the real lives of successful young British West Africans in the UK. The cast includes chart-topping songwriter and artist Kamille, writer and lifestyle guru Toni Tone, and makeup artist and content creator Bernicia Boateng.
Praised for its heart and humor, the series is British reality TV at its best.
6) Beautiful -Disney +
Directed by British filmmaker Amma Assante, Beautiful is a period drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Sir John Lindsay. Little is known about Dido in real life, other than the fact that she appears in a 1779 painting, alongside her white cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray. Belle imagine what her life might have been like.
The film received positive reviews from critics and Gugu Mbatha-Raw won several Best Actress awards for her portrayal of Belle.
7) Sheltered – BritBox
Undercover is a gripping six-part crime drama. It tells the story of a British lawyer named Maya Cobbina, and her family, as she tries to prove the innocence of a man on death row in the United States. However, Maya’s life is plunged into chaos after she is wanted to become Director of Public Prosecutions, and secrets of her husband’s past are revealed.
With impeccable performances by Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester, the British drama doesn’t get any better than this.
8) Great age – All 4
Written by bestselling British author Bolu Babalola, Great age is a comedy, set in London, about four black British friends trying to navigate life in their twenties. Much like Bolu herself, it’s witty, endearing, and romance-oriented. The first episode revolves around the British Nigerian Ṣadé, who wants to quit his corporate job to pursue his writing dreams.
As it stands, only the pilot episode of Great age aired as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front Day in September. If there is justice, a complete series will be ordered.
9) Luther – BBC iPlayer
Chances are you already know Luther but if you haven’t watched it yet, this is one of the best crime dramas the UK has to offer. Directed by Idris Elba as Chief Detective Inspector John Luther, the series explores Luther’s work as he becomes too obsessed with his business and struggles to balance his private and professional life.
All five seasons are available to stream now.
ten) Chewing gum – All 4
If you have watched I can destroy you but I haven’t seen any other work by Michaela Coel, you have to take a look at her first series Chewing gum. The comedy is about a 24-year-old virgin who wants to have sex for the first time and learn more about the world around her.
Incredibly goofy and incredibly hilarious, there is no series like Chewing gum.
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