Celebrating Black History Month
Black History Month on Radio 7
In this dramatisation of Andrea Levy's award winning novel, Jamaican Hortense Roberts emigrates to London, where Empire, prejudice, war and love entwine to make a gripping story.
The story of the Windrush Generation and the part they played in the Second World War and the prejudice they faced from the Mother Country are a little known aspect of recent British History. In this fifteen part dramatisation we bring to life a vivid cast of characters in a story that examines the history of Empire and race, starring Nadine Marshall, Lyndsey Marshal and Don Gilet.
Weekdays from Monday 4th October at 11am, 9pm and 2am
The Color Purple
The first ever dramatisation in the UK of this iconic modern classic, which won the silver Sony Radio Academy Award last year. This Pulitzer prize winning novel is set in the world of the Deep South between the wars. Celie (Nadine Marshall, pictured) is a young black girl born into poverty and segregation and this gripping story charts her struggle against adversity.
Starts Monday 11th October at 3.30pm and continues weekdays
Hampton Sides - Hellhound on His Trail
Hampton Sides' compelling book sheds fresh light on the assassination of Martin Luther King and the hunt for his killer, James Earl Ray. Read by Christian Camargo and Clarke Peters.
Weekdays at 3.30pm from Monday 25th October
The Trumpet Shall Sound
Jazz musician and composer Julian Joseph explores the lives and careers of black classical musicians in Britain, a history stretching back to the 16th century.
Tuesday 26th October at 2pm
Samuel and Maxine are awake during the 1987 UK hurricane. Benjamin Zephaniah's play in verse and rhyme stars Norman Beaton. From October 1988.
Monday 25th October at 11.15am, 9.15pm and 2.15am
Time For Verse
More Zephaniah - the dub poet recorded live in London in 1991 - and in conversation with Carol Ann Duffy. Includes "In A Liverpool".
Monday 25th October at 11.45am, 9.45pm and 2.45am
Listen To Your Parents
A compelling and disturbing story from the pen of poet Benjamin Zephaniah (pictured). Living with his violent father, 10-year-old Mark tries to capture his thoughts on life and his talent for football in small, simple poems. This 2001 Sony Award-nominated drama stars James Smith, and features music composed by Tayo Akimbode and sung by the Love and Joy Gospel Choir.
Tuesday 26th October at 11.15am, 9.15pm and 2.15am
Is discrimination by face the same as discrimination by race? Martin is popular, good looking, funny and a good gymnast. Then one night he accepts a lift from gang member Apache, and his life changes forever. Daniel Scott-Croxford stars in Benjamin Zephaniah's powerful drama.
Wednesday 27th at 11.15am, 9.15pm and 2.15am