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Alison Ham­mond: Back to School


Hats off to ITV for mark­ing Black His­tory Month with such prom­i­nent pro­gram­ming. At 10.45pm, Jimmy Ak­ing­bola hosts the first of a new four-part com­edy panel show in which teams headed by Holby City’s Chizzy Aku­dola and co­me­dian Judi Love an­swer ques­tions re­lat­ing to black his­tory. First, though, is This Morn­ing’s ir­re­press­ibly good­hu­moured Alison Ham­mond, fol­low­ing up her very mov­ing seg­ment on Blackout Tues­day in June with a full-blown ex­plo­ration of some fas­ci­nat­ing black Bri­tish fig­ures from his­tory.

Among her sub­jects are Ro­man em­peror Sep­ti­m­ius Severus and Bri­tishJa­maican nurse Mary Sea­cole, but per­haps most af­fect­ing is her en­counter with the de­scen­dants of Wal­ter Tull, the first black com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer in the Bri­tish army and pro­fes­sional foot­baller with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Northamp­ton Town. Tull was killed dur­ing the First World War at age 29. He is memo­ri­alised at both clubs he played for, and O-T Fag­benle starred in a docu­d­rama about him a few years ago. Ham­mond’s en­thu­si­asm for telling his story is ir­re­sistible: “I think I’m fall­ing in love with him,” she tells Tull’s great-nephew. “I hope you don’t mind.” Gabriel Tate

 ??  ?? Ma­ture stu­dent: Alison Ham­mond goes back to school
Ma­ture stu­dent: Alison Ham­mond goes back to school

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