They’ve Gotta Have Us: Black Hol­ly­wood 9pm, BBC Two

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This ex­cel­lent three-part se­ries of­fers a black per­spec­tive on Hol­ly­wood, from the first break­throughs by black ac­tors in the 1950s, through to the tri­umphs of film­mak­ers be­hind re­cent movies rang­ing from Black Pan­ther to Moon­light – which, as is un­der­lined, was the first ever Best Pic­ture win­ner about black char­ac­ters that was not specif­i­cally about racism. This first episode, how­ever, looks back to a time when a wave of black artists had to fight to throw off the shack­les and stereo­types Hol­ly­wood dealt in, fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with the ti­tanic Harry Be­la­fonte and the 100-year-old Earl Cameron, the first ac­tor to beak the UK’s “colour bar” with 1951’s Brit-noir clas­sic Pool Of Lon­don. Other con­trib­u­tors in­clude John Boyega, Don Chea­dle, David Oyelowo, Deb­bie Allen, John Sin­gle­ton, Di­a­hann Car­roll, Robert Townsend and Spike Lee.

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