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BBC television and Black Britons

This book provides an institutional case study of the BBC Television Service, as it undertook the responsibility of creating programmes that addressed the impact of black Britons, their attempts to establish citizenship within England and subsequent issues of race relations and colour prejudice. Beginning in the 1930s and into the post millennium, the book provides a historical analysis of policies invoked, and practices undertaken, as the Service attempted to assist white Britons in understanding the impact of African-Caribbeans on their lives, and their assimilation into constructs of Britishness. Management soon approved talks and scientific studies as a means of examining racial tensions, as ITV challenged the discourses of British broadcasting. Soon after, BBC 2 began broadcasting, and more issues of race appeared on the TV screens, each reflecting sometimes comedic, somewhat dystopic, often problematic circumstances of integration. In the years that followed, however, social tensions, such as those demonstrated by the Nottingham and Notting Hill riots, led to transmissions that included a series of news specials on Britain's Colour Bar, and docudramas, such as A Man From the Sun, which attempted to frame the immigrant experience for British television audiences, but from the African-Caribbean point of view. Subsequent chapters include an extensive analysis of television programming, along with personal interviews. Topics include current representations of race, the future of British television, and its impact upon multiethnic audiences. Also detailed are the efforts of Black Britons working within the British media as employees of the BBC, writers, producers and actors.

Darrell M. Newton

helped ‘them move further into the mainstream’. Alby stated that ‘screaming at the BBC or Channel 4 or anybody else’ would not help.14 In 1998, the possibility for further opportunities to create film and programming began with the launch of a cable and satellite TV channel targeted specifically at the African-Caribbean community. The ITC had granted the African Broadcasting Corporation a licence to launch the African Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV), a channel dedicated to African-Caribbean culture and the contributions made within the UK. Director of the channel, A

in Paving the empire road
Darrell M. Newton

authors, cricketers, or settlers seeking employment, these hopeful citizens, beginning in the 1930s until the reappearance of BBC television after the war, offered their intentions and concerns to radio listeners. This included analyses of social issues such as the colour bar, in a country where one did not supposedly exist. This chapter examines how BBC radio and its practices created possibilities for the recognition of these African-Caribbean voices, as they discussed life in England years before the Windrush arrival, and just before television re-emerged as a

in Paving the empire road
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Ethnicity and popular music in British cultural studies
Sean Campbell

practitioners, focusing specifically on its treatment of second-generation Irish rock musicians.3 To this end, the chapter re-examines Dick Hebdige’s Subculture (1979), a formative endeavour in the field’s engagement with questions of race, ethnicity and popular music, before going on to consider the more recent response of cultural studies’ practitioners to ‘Britpop’. This discussion draws attention to the narrow parameters of the ‘ethnicity’ framework underpinning this body of work. For if the field’s reception of secondand third-generation African-Caribbean and South Asian

in Across the margins
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‘Tears of laughter': comedy-drama in 1990s British cinema
Nigel Mather

. The chapter concludes with case studies of Brassed Off (Mark Herman, 1996) and The Full Monty (Peter Cattaneo, 1997), two films invoking very different cultural traditions as possible activities for unemployed males and troubled communities in modern British society. Chapter 2 discusses a number of contemporary British films focusing upon the experiences of British-Asian and African-Caribbean

in Tears of laughter
Darrell M. Newton

, and the proposed programme would not confine itself to Notting Hill, nor seek to discuss solutions to the queries and problems that it would stimulate in people’s minds; such discussion was the function of other programmes, it was suggested.16 In a memo dated 18 November 1958, the Assistant Head of the African, Caribbean and Colonial Services, D.P. Wolferstan, wrote to the Controller of Overseas Services to address the possibility of special broadcasts for Caribbean immigrants: It seems to be generally agreed that the flow of immigrants from the Caribbean to this

in Paving the empire road
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The energy–development nexus
Amelia Hadfield

three commonalities are an increasingly regular feature in EU policies, the establishment of a full-­fledged nexus is still uneven and unpersuasive. This chapter contributes to the burgeoning interest in the area by, firstly, assessing the role of energy in Africa (subsistence, climate change and export potential); secondly, by looking at the various steps that the EU has taken in the past decade to construct an EU–Africa partnership, then looking in detail at the extant energy–development policy nexus within EU–ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) development

in The European Union in Africa
From model to symbol?
Karin Arts and Anna K. Dickson

policy has been built over time. Until the 1990s, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states unequivocally were Europe’s most preferred developing country partners, and ACP–EU relations were the most visible and important component of the EU development cooperation programme. ACP–EU relations started at the very creation of the European Economic Community in 1957 and were elaborated first in the Yaoundé and then in the Lomé Conventions and the 2000 Cotonou Agreement. In many peoples’ eyes the Lomé Convention came to symbolise EU development cooperation, more so

in EU development cooperation
Still unique or just one in the crowd?
Karen E. Smith

particular, the African focus grew into the Lomé partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific states. The Community later added countries to its network of relations, but always following the regional approach originally set out in the Yaoundé and Lomé Conventions. Relations with the ACP as a regional grouping thus formed the model for the Community’s relations with other countries. Furthermore, the basic building blocks of the EC–ACP relationship – trade preferences, aid and institutionalised dialogue – were extended, on a more limited basis, to other regions

in EU development cooperation
An assessment of EU development aid policies
William Brown

Agreements with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries’, COM (97) 537 final, Brussels. CEC (2000), ‘Note to heads of delegation, heads of unit and desk officers: poverty reduction strategy papers: guidance notes’, B2(00)D/4371, source: http://europa.euint/ comm/development/sector/poverty_reduction/index.htm. Cornia, A., R. Jolly and F. Stewart (eds) (1987), Adjustment With a Human Face, Oxford: Clarendon Press. Council of Ministers (1988), ‘Resolution of 31 May 1988 on the economic situation and adjustment process in Sub-Saharan Africa’, in Council of the

in EU development cooperation