MO GILLIGAN and writer and journalist Yomi Adegoke have been announced as the creators of two separate programmes for Channel 4’s Black History Month coverage.
The broadcaster will be marking Black History Month with a series of commissions that aim to offer a platform for different aspects of the black experience in modern Britain.
Spanning everything from entertainment to love and health, the hour-long documentaries will air throughout October.
Gilligan’s Black, British and Funny, will celebrate black comedians who paved the way for entertainers like him as well as shining a spotlight on the new wave of rising talent.
The Bafta award winner will not only present the programme, he will also executive produce it through his production company Momo G.
Adegoke, co-author of the bestselling book Slay in Your Lane, will create the documentary Black Love.
It will explore relationships and identity through the prism of love and feature prominent black British couples.
Other programmes in the series include Black Hair, which looks at the link between black hair and the experiences of black people in the UK.
Dr Ronx will present two shows – Is Covid Racist? which will explore the impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people; and Are Women the Fitter Sex which will look at why women are better at fighting disease than men.
Danny Horan, head of factual at Channel 4 said: “I am really excited about the range of programming for Black History Month this year, particularly because we are launching new onscreen talent we hope will become regular faces on Channel 4. This is an important time to reflect, celebrate and consider again what has been achieved and how much more we, as a society and an industry, have to do redress the balance of storytelling, subjects and talent, both on and off screen.”