Black in the British Frame

The Black Experience in British Film and Television
Continuum, 2001 This title is now out of print

Focusing on drama and entertainment, Black in the British Frame documents a range of experiences and representations of people of African descent in British film and television. It includes chapters about silent films, Paul Robeson, black film extras of the 1930s, Trinidadian singer and actor Edric Connor, black filmmakers and writers including Lionel Ngakane, Lloyd Reckord, Michael Abbensetts and Newton I. Aduaka, actor Gordon Heath, black women in early British television, entertainer Winifred Atwell, actress Carmen Munroe, soaps, film and television drama since 1959, lesbians and gays, actors Earl Cameron and Errol John and two landmark television plays: the BBC’s A Man from the Sun (1956) and Channel 4’s The Final Passage (1996).

‘A valuable book which uncovers an almost hidden history of a wealth of talented men and women’  – Film Review

‘fascinating…a detailed, painstaking account of black people on screen in Britain’ – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

‘Informative and accessible: the text serves as an indispensable work of reference for anyone with an interest in this crucial area of study’ – Dr Lola Young, Black and Asian Studies Association