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Forgotten Black TV Drama

The Museum Attendant + Crown Court: The Ju-Ju Landlord

+ intro by season co-curator Stephen Bourne

Two powerful dramas from the 70s that explore the inner lives of the main characters.

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The Museum Attendant + intro

Centre Play. BBC 1973
Dir Derek Bennett
With Horace James, Tony Selby, Kwesi Kay

Michael Abbensetts’ first play for TV is a powerful, funny and shocking exposé of the racism faced by a black museum attendant in his place of work.

+ The Light of Experience

BBC 1983

Perfectly setting up the background to her Crown Court drama, The Ju-Ju Landlord, Buchi Emecheta talks about her life as a Nigerian writer who made her home in Britain.

+ Crown Court: The Ju-Ju Landlord

ITV 1976
Dir Stephen Butcher
With Taiwo Ajai, Thomas Baptiste, Suzanne Stone, Louis Mahoney
Eps 1-3, Total runtime 75min

Buchi Emecheta draws on personal experience for this drama about a young Nigerian mother who flees her husband and finds refuge in the house of a fellow countryman. When her landlord wants her out, he finds himself in the dock charged with harassment.


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