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Congrats to Gambian-British actor Babou Ceesay on joining the cast of ITV's crime drama Lewis, in what is being hailed as a significant shift in cultural practice at that network. Lewis is a spin-off of the popular drama Inspector Morse, and stars Kevin Whately in the lead role of Di Robert Lewis.  With the departure of Di Lewis' long-time partner DS James Hathaway, Ceesay joins the show as Lewis' new partner, DS Alex Gray. The addition of Ceesay's character was highlighted by several British media outlets as noteworthy, particularly due to ITV's reported history of programming that rarely features characters-of-color in prominent roles.  As many of us already know, the lack of diversity on British television is not exclusive to ITV.  Networks such as BBC, Channel 4, and Sky 1 have all taken great strides in improving the disparity in television casting during the last 30 years, but there are »

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