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The TV shows to watch to mark Black History Month as Alison Hammond hosts new documentary

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October marks Black History Month, where we celebrate Black culture and pay homage to forgotten historical figures. To mark the month, a series of TV shows featuring some of our favourite stars will be hitting our screens.

Alison Hammond is going back in time to learn all about key black historical figures who have been forgotten from our history books in her brand new documentary, Back To School.

Jimmy Akingbola is hosting his very own comedy panel show all about Black culture, with different guest stars each week. And Red Dwarf star Craig Charles goes back in time to revisit key Black comedy stars throughout history.

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Alison Hammond: Back to School

Tue 9pm ITV

This Morning’s Alison Hammond is on a high right now due to the fact that ITV has commissioned a TV show that she came up with, which will be aired as one of the highlights of TV’s Black History Month.

It’s a one-hour special that sees Alison tour the UK to find out about Black figures through the ages who have been left out of our history books.

"I am so flattered that they turned my idea into a show," she gushes. "At school, I wasn’t interested in history, but one million per cent I would have chosen it as an option if the people on this show were part of the syllabus because I can relate to them. I am travelling black in time to remember some of the forgotten Black heroes who have been hidden from history and who most of us haven’t been taught about in school.

"I feel so honoured to be giving these amazing historical figures a voice and platform. They never had the chance to be acknowledged, simply because of the colour of their skin. The stories in this programme will absolutely blow you away!"

The stories she tells include Mary Seacole, the incredible nurse who despite being turned down when she offered to help in the Crimean War, set up her own hotel to treat wounded British soldiers. Alison also goes back in time to the Roman Empire and Septimus Severus, who was the first Black Roman Emperor.

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Sorry, I Didn’t Know

Tue 10.45pm ITV

This comedy panel show, hosted by Kate & Koji star Jimmy Akingbola, quizzes the teams and audiences on aspects of Black history, with untold stories and unsung heroes finally having their long overdue day in the spotlight.

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The riotous series will feature comedians from diverse backgrounds with Loose Women host Judi Love and Holby’s Chizzy Akudolu as captains.

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The Talk

Tue 11.30pm C4

Another chance to see this important documentary where stars reveal when they had 'the talk' – when parents of Black and mixed race children discuss the racism their kids can face as they grow up.

Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé, Rochelle Humes, Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock, actor Lennie James, rugby star Maro Itoje, presenter Ade Adepitan and a host of other stars share their childhood experiences of the talk.

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Walk Against Fear: James Meredith

Smithsonian Channel, My 5 & Apple TV

James Meredith is one of the forgotten icons of the civil rights movement.

This tells the extraordinary story of his activism, and how he came to be shot while taking part in a ‘Walk Against Fear’ across Mississippi, but continued to fight against hatred.

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Black & British

BBC iPlayer

Streaming some of the best black talent in the UK, with hit shows including comedy Famalam and the gritty breakout drama of 2020, Michaela Coel's I Will Destroy You.

Black History Month

BBC iPlayer

A collection of amazing stories, this month treat yourself to the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings about the famous Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

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Next week:

Funny, Black and on TV

Tue 13th Oct 8pm ITV

Red Dwarf co-stars Craig Charles and Danny Jules take another important journey, this time back in history to celebrate the Black comedy icons of our time.

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From the famous Lenny Henry and Don Warrington to the ground-breaking, such as the first breakout Black comic, Yorkshireman Charlie Williams, and of course, the shows that got us laughing like Desmonds and The Real McCoy.

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