Black Is The New Black


A selection of exceptional figures drawn from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science face the camera and share their experiences of being black and British.

Beautifully shot by artist and director Simon Frederick, the line-up of influential individuals reveal their heartfelt stories and unfiltered opinions to paint a unique portrait of modern Britain’s past, present and future.

Conceptually unique, Black Is The New Black relies solely on the words spoken by the line-up of distinguished individuals. With no archive or voiceover, their voices resonate with emotion across a wide range of subjects. This unique series is an open & honest conversation about British identity in the 21st Century.

Episode 1:
In the first episode of Black Is The New Black, the focus is on arriving and growing up in Britain. This star-packed cast, which includes Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald, Thandie Newton, musicians Jazzie B of Soul II Soul and Dizzee Rascal, and footballer Les Ferdinand, all tell of how they or their parents came to the UK with an attitude of respect, almost awe of their new home - regarded as the mother country - Great Britain.

Episode 2:
In the second episode, the cast of extraordinary black Britons discusses about growing up in the UK. They talk about moving beyond the family home, their school days, building internal confidence and negotiating the working world.
Episode 3:
The third film of the series is about making it, but making it with the difference of being black in Britain. It is a celebration of the massive achievement of black people in Britain that also remind us that balance has not yet been achieved. This is a positive episode where the path to success is visible and where bravery, self-reliance and resilience all finally cut through.
Episode 4:
In the concluding episode of Black Is The New Black, the cast talks about today’s challenges and the future. Ultimately the film shows the way to a New Britishness, an exciting future for Black Britain, and the embodiment of the nuanced views expressed throughout the series.

Reggie Yates, Thandie Newton, Naomi Campbell, David Harewood, Dizzee Rascal, Goldie, Jamal Edwards, Jazzie B, Laura Mvula, Oswald Boateng, Tinie Tempah, Lenny Henry, Sir Trevor Mcdonald & Trevor Nelson amongst others.


  • 4 x 30'


  • Documentary
  • Celebrity


  • Pulse Films
  • Iconoclast

Commissioning Broadcaster

  • BBC Two


Year of production

  • 2017