BBC to re-air historian David Olusoga's documentary series Black and British: A Forgotten History

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From Digital Spy

The BBC will be re-airing documentary series Black and British: A Forgotten History from next week.

The series, presented and written by historian David Olusoga, was first broadcast on BBC Two in 2016 and is now being repeated in the wake of the worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

The series sees Olusoga explore "the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa".

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"From the African Romans who guarded Hadrian's Wall in the 3rd century AD to the black trumpeter of the Tudor courts, David uncovers a history that is as surprising as it is revealing," the synopsis continues.

Throughout the series, Olusoga will look at the business of slavery, celebrate famous Black figures – including three African kings who stood up to empire – and explore the shaping of Black British identity in the 20th century.

All four one-hour episodes of the documentary series – titled 'First Encounters', 'Freedom, 'Moral Mission' and 'The Homecoming' – will be shown on BBC Four next week and will also be made available on the BBC Red Button. You can see the schedule here.

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The repeat of the series comes as the Black Lives Matter movement has seen protests held across the world, with many public figures speaking out about their importance.

Star Wars actor John Boyega received overwhelming support after delivering a powerful and moving speech at a London protest last week. He has since asked "what's next?" in a post on Instagram, in which he also called for the movement to "inspire new ways of thinking, building, and growing, together".

Others who have spoken out include Hollyoaks actress Rachel Adedeji, Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Friends star David Schwimmer and actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

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