Nichelle Nichols heads up the BFI’s Star Trek At 50 celebration
It’s a momentous year for the Star Trek franchise as it reaches its 50th birthday – yep, Gene Roddenberry’s Original Series first aired in the US in September 1966, birthing a cultdom that continues to flourish half a decade later.
To celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Star Trek’s original Lieutenant Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, will take to the stage at the BFI Southbank to talk about her memories of the show. As one of the first black characters to feature on a US TV series, Nichols was a pioneer for black representation (Martin Luther King once applauded her work on the show).
Samira Ahmed will host the event, with other special guests to be announced in the run-up to the day. Expect a nostalgia-packed look back over the franchise, plus, we’re sure, a little peek at where it’s headed in the future – especially with Star Trek: Discovery on the horizon.
For more on Star Trek At 50, visit www.bfi.org.uk/whatson