`This is one of the most important books on race, representation and politics to come along in a decade…. Sarita Malik's book is a brilliant contribution to the literature on race, cultural studies and public pedagogy' - Henry Giroux, Penn State University Representing Black Britain offers a critical history of Black and Asian representation on British television from the earliest days of broadcasting to the present day. Working through programs as wide-ranging as the early documentaries to `ethnic sitcoms' and youth television, this book provides a detailed analysis of shifting institutional contexts, images of `race' and ethnic-minority cultural politics in modern Britain.

Pounds, Policy and Pressure: Black-British Filmmaking – ‘As Seen on TV’

Pounds, Policy and Pressure: Black-British Filmmaking – ‘As Seen on TV’

Pounds, policy and pressure: Black-British filmmaking – ‘as seen on TV’

British film has a long-standing relationship with television; personnel, funds, genres, the state, companies, points of exhibition, distribution and a commercially-based sensibility link the two industries and mediums. It is, in fact, impossible to speak of (Black) British film without acknowledging its connections to British television, and most obviously to Channel 4 which has played a critical role in boosting a Black-British film practice and an independent commissioning structure, which, broadly speaking, expanded the number of Black film and television producers in the 1980s. By acting as a ‘publisher-contractor’, Channel 4 combined the public service and free market models and became a negotiated site ...

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