Black London's Story

ukhdev Sandhu goes in search of the overlooked and underplayed but dramatic and significant early presence of black people in the ENGLISH metropolis, and those people's lives in LONDON.

Using original sources, new discoveries and commuting between black LONDON now and the past that defined it so - surprisingly - long ago, we walk the streets of the city detecting ghosts and evidence in buildings, language and habits, thereby re-animating the black past.

Black LONDON was a real person - a name taken by an African who was amongst the first ever repatriated blacks shipped 'back' to West Africa in an extraordinary enterprise in the eighteenth century; an exploration of which is at the heart of this programme.

With SI Martin and the music of Lord Kitchener and Ignatius Sancho.