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This new comedy sketch show offers parodies, cringe-inducing moments about matters of race in middle England – and the opportunity to dance to Cameo
Amid the dearth of minority-led entertainment in the UK, this new sketch show on BBC2 starring Javone Prince (Aka Jerwayne from cult E4 comedy Phoneshop, and also an alumnus of Little Miss Jocelyn, the black-led sketch show which ended in 2008) is an exciting proposition. With energy and just the right amount of chutzpah, he enthrals a crowd at London’s Rivoli Ballroom with anecdotes and guests, segueing into slick, pre-filmed sketches.
It’s a platform not only for Prince, but for the show’s other regular black cast members, Samson Kayo, Jason Barnett, Akemnji Ndifornyen and Ann Akin. As well as a diverse cast, black voices were a crucial part of the writers’ room: the show’s creator, Phil Bowker (who also masterminded Phoneshop) enlisted Prince, Kayo, »
- Hannah J Davies
The PhoneShop star hopes to shake up primetime with a new BBC 2 sketch show about young black Britain
When we were writing this show, we were sitting around talking about experiences we had as young black men growing up,” Javone Prince tells the audience in one of the studio segments of his new BBC2 sketch show. “And believe me when I tell you: everyone in the room had the next thing happen to them.” The sketch that follows sees a preternaturally cringeworthy white man and woman approach a pair of black friends at a house party to ask them – on the basis of nothing at all, apart from the colour of their skin – if they can supply them with drugs. “Hands up if that’s ever happened to you,” says Javone afterwards, back in the studio. “Almost all the men in the room,” he observes.
Related: Have you been watching … PhoneShop? »
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If you were a fan of E4's PhoneShop, the good news is that the show might not be done quite yet.
Launching with a pilot episode on Channel 4 in 2009, three series of the sitcom aired on E4 between 2010 and 2013.
"It would take me six months to write it, and then it would take six months to make it - so it leaves very little time for anything else," he told Digital Spy.
"But we'd never say never because it was such great fun. We might revisit PhoneShop and see what became of the characters."
"Maybe we'll do a PhoneShop special - who knows?" Prince said. »
"There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the sketch show being dead," Bowker says. "I don't think it's dead at all.
"I think we got to a point where sketch shows got a little bit cool and ironic, and almost forgot to be funny - and so this was a deliberate attempt to roll back to those days when Javone and I used to watch Morecambe and Wise and Dave Allen.
"With all of those things, what was at the heart of those shows was the personality of the host."
Prince agrees: "You know, when you see Morecambe and Wise, »
The film, in post-production, marks the feature debut of the writer/directors the Lennox Brothers and was shot at London’s 3 Mills studios and Amsterdam.
Combining classic fairytales with the wild side of Amsterdam,the fantasy-comedy is billed as a coming-of-age adventure with a twist.
Jonathan Readwin stars as a young man who arrives the Netherlands capital in search of his father, played by Sean Power. Through a momentary magical encounter he discovers the secret weapon that could turn around their ailing marijuana coffee shop.
Producer Zorana Piggott said Shoreline shared its “passion and excitement for this wonderfully crazy film”.
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5 items from 2015
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