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Nichelle Ni­chols heads up the BFI’s Star Trek At 50 cel­e­bra­tion

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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

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