London Live will be broadcasting two dedicated Notting Hill Carnival shows this bank holiday weekend, with a live two-hour show direct from the carnival on both the Sunday and bank holiday Monday. The capital’s local television station will also be airing some Notting Hill Carnival themed movies.
On Sunday 30th August from 4pm to 6pm the first of two special live programme bringing you the music, flavours and fun of the first day of Notting Hill Carnival. London Live will also look ahead to the big parade on Monday, with ideas on where to eat, dance and how to get involved. The second two hour programme airs on Monday 31st August again from 4pm. Broadcast from the heart of the parade bringing all the colour, music, costumes and atmosphere as hundreds of thousands gather in West London for the capital’s biggest street party.
The special programming also includes one of the most highly regarded cult British films of the 1980s starring Brinsley Forde of the reggae band Aswad. Babylon, airs on Monday 31st August at 10.30pm. Filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, London Brinsley Forde plays Blue and his Ital Lion crew are looking forward to a sound clash competition with rival outfit Jah Shaka. But as the event approaches, Blue’s personal life begins to unravel. Increasingly angered and alienated by what he perceives to be society’s rejection of his race and his culture, Blue is compelled to respond by fighting fire with fire.
The BFI season on London Live crosses into the festival fun as Pressure, airs on Sunday 30th August, 11.45pm. Hailed as Britain’s first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted British-born black youths. Set in 1970s London, it tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver, son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents’ church-going conformity and his brother’s Black Power militancy.
Another from the BFI collection is Moon Over Alley, a musical about the problems faced by the multicultural residents of a ramshackle boarding house, with magic realist musical numbers by Galt MacDermot, the award-winning musician and composer of the Broadway hit Hair. Moon Over the Alley captures the human energy and community spirit of London’s Portobello Road with a wit, strangeness and charm, it airs on Monday 31st August, 12.30am
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