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Explore the history of Black British theatre, TV and film

ICONIC: Ira Aldridge

A BBC series highlighting the "history and struggle of Black British creativity" over the past 100 years has now been uploaded to the broadcaster's website.

The 10-episode documentary is presented by actor/comedian Sir Lenny Henry and digs up some forgotten treasure of Black British theatre, TV and film.

"This Radio 4 series covers a huge span of black British theatre, TV and film - from Ira Aldridge to Steve McQueen, and Nina Baden-Semper to Bola Agbaje - it's a great sweep of history that excites and stimulates the imagination," Sir Lenny said.

"It is easy to forget that there were precedents to our current age of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) breakthroughs and by talking to the likes of Roy Williams and Mustapha Matura, we acknowledge that the young reach their current heights by standing on the shoulders of those that went before."

Trinidadian playwright Mustapha Matura, actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, and theatre director Paulette Randall are among interviewees.

Raising the Bar, part of the BBC's On Stage season, was broadcast on Radio 4 throughout November but is now available online.

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