Black to Front: All you need to know about Channel 4's day championing Black talent

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AJ Odudu & Mo Gilligan host the Big Breakfast
AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan host 'The Big Breakfast'. (Channel 4)

Black to Front is championing Black talent at Channel 4 on Friday with Black presenters and contributors taking centre stage.

Featuring new line-ups for some regular TV fixtures on the channel, guest stars and show reboots, there are plenty of scheduling highlights to look forward to.

Here's all you need to know about the diversity campaign.

What is Black to Front?

Ashely, Jordan and Perri.
Ashely and Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely join 'Celebrity Gogglebox'. (Channel 4)

On Friday, 10 September, Channel 4 will show its commitment to celebrating Black talent by putting its Black stars, contributors and programme-makers at the forefront of all of its shows.

The aim is to champion Black voices, stories and talent in British TV and to show the broadcaster's commitment to being an anti-racist organisation.

Director of programmes Ian Katz said: “Channel 4 was created to give voice to underrepresented parts of society and do things which other broadcasters would not, and Black to Front qualifies on both counts. 

"It will be much more than a day of eye-catching programming, providing a focal point for our efforts to drive up on and off-screen representation and leaving a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond."

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What are the TV highlights for Black to Front?

'The Big Breakfast' makes a one-off return. (Channel 4)
'The Big Breakfast' makes a one-off return. (Channel 4)

The day's scheduling includes a huge number of shows to look forward to throughout the day, starting with a one-off reboot of 90s hit The Big Breakfast.

It returns for one episode presented by AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan, with Judi Love serving as celebrity interviewer.

Daytime programming continues in the afternoon with a special episode of Countdown hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald at 2.10pm, who is joined by Lemn Sissay in Dictionary Corner and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon as the maths expert.

Marverine Cole, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE with Sir Trevor McDonald and Lemn Sissay OBE.
Sir Trevor McDonald leads the 'Countdown' line-up. (Channel 4)

Friday's Channel 4 News shows will be presented by a team of Black reporters and will investigate stories from around the UK from a Black perspective.

Soap Hollyoaks gets a one-hour special at 6pm focussing on the Deveraux family who are throwing a birthday barbecue. Joining regular soap stars Kelle Bryan and Richard Blackwood is guest star Jamelia, who will play a friend of Martine's. 

Toni, Kamille, Tomi, Cheifer, Bernicia, Cuppy, Kidd and Irene
'Highlife' launches in September. (Channel 4)

Kick back with Celebrity Gogglebox at 9pm on Friday night, where the famous TV fans giving their opinions on the week's viewing include Mo Gilligan, Wretch 32, Jourdan Dunn, Charlene White, Ashley and Jordan Banjo, and Perri Kiely.

One of the most anticipated shows in Black to Front is the debut of Highlife at 10pm, a new weekly reality series in the style of Made In Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex which follows the luxury lifestyles of a group of British Nigerians and Ghanaians.

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