Stephen Bourne

stephen bourne

Television and Radio


Stephen has been interviewed in many radio programmes including the following:

Black Londoners (BBC Radio London, 1983)

Gay and Lesbian London (BBC GLR, 1993)

Woman’s Hour (Ethel Waters) (BBC R4, 1993)

Robert Elms Show (BBC GLR, 1995)

Black Mix (BBC Three Counties, 1997)

Ghetto Blasting (BBC Glasgow, 1998)

Talking Pictures (BBC R4, 1998)

Angie Le Mar Show (BBC GLR, 1998)

The Lavender Lounge (BBC GLR, 1999)

The Century Speaks (BBC GLR, 1999)

Radio 2 Arts Programme (BBC R2, 2000)

The Mix (BBC Scotland, 2000)

Black on Screen (BBC R4, 2001)

The Colour of Music (BBC R2, 2001)

5 Live Report "Hip to Be Gay?" (BBC R5, 2001)

Woman's Hour (Adelaide Hall) (BBC R4, 2001)

Blacking Up in Britain (BBC R4, 2003)

Henry Bonsu Show (BBC London, 2003)

Stage and Screen (BBC R3, 2004)

Inspiration (BBC Northampton, 2004)

Miss Lou at RADA (BBC R4, 2005)

Radio Peckham (2007)

Woman's Hour (Butterfly McQueen) (BBC R4, 2008)

Dotun Adebayo Show (BBC London, 2008)

The Word (BBC World Service, 2008)

The Man Who Was Bojangles (BBC R4, 2008)

Woman's Hour (Elisabeth Welch) (BBC R4, 2009)

Jazz Library (Ethel Waters) (BBC R3, 2011)

Strong and Sassy (Lena Horne) (BBC R2, 2011)

Strong and Sassy (Adelaide Hall) (BBC R2, 2011)

Dotun Adebayo (BBC London, 2012)

Night Waves (BBC R3, 2012)

From 1993 to 2000, Stephen created, researched and co-scripted the following programmes for BBC Radio 2

Salutations (1993) a celebration of non-American Black singers and musicians in Britain from the 30s to the 50s including Hutch, Reginald Foresythe, Snakehips, Winifred Atwell, Cy Grant and Shirley Bassey presented by Moira Stuart (see Awards)

The Betty Driver Story (1994) a tribute to the star of Coronation Street presented by Cilla Black

Black in the West End (1994) a celebration of Black musical theatre in London’s West End presented by Gary Wilmot (see Awards)

Star Equality (1995) a celebration of the Black female stars of Hollywood musicals including Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston presented by Clarke Peters (see Awards)

The Great White Way (1996) the story of Black Broadway musical theatre presented by Clarke Peters

Something Wonderful (1996) a tribute to Marni Nixon and Muriel Smith, two famous Hollywood ‘ghost’ singers, presented by Sally Ann Howes

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (1997) a celebration of British musical films of the 30s and 40s presented by Petula Clark

Sophisticated Ladies (1997) a celebration of Black female stars of British musical theatre since the 1850s presented by Alex Pascall

Hollywood Musicals of the '70s (1997) presented by Sheridan Morley

One Mo' Time (1998) a celebration of Black Broadway musicals presented by Gary Wilmot

Their Long Voyage Home (1998) the 50th anniversary of Windrush is acknowledged by three Black women (Brenda Clough, Pearl Connor and Helen Denniston) presented by Sir Trevor MacDonald

A Handful of Keys (2000) a celebration of entertainers at the piano presented by Peter Skellern


As an on-screen participant, Stephen has been featured in the following television programmes:

Biteback (BBC1, 1995)

Black Divas (C4, 1996)

Black Britain(Josephine Woods) (BBC2, 1997)

Paul Robeson: Speak of Me As I Am (BBC2, 1998)

Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (American Masters) (USA, 1999)

Esther (Rantzen) (BBC2, 2000)

Revealing Secrets (Anna May Wong) (C4, 2001)

GMTV (ITV, 2002)

I'm Free! Inside the Comedy Closet (C4, 2004)

High Society's Favourite Gigolo (Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson) (C4, 2008)

National Treasures Live (BBC1, 2011)

London Tonight (Elisabeth Welch's Blue Plaque) (ITV, 2012)

As a consulant and/or researcher, Stephen has worked on the following television documentaries:

Sophisticated Lady (Adelaide Hall) (C4, 1990)

Black and White in Colour (Parts 1 & 2) (BBC2, 1992)

The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance (C4, 1992)