Lenny Henry blasts BAFTA TV awards over lack of black nominees

British comic Lenny Henry has accused bosses of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards of failing to recognise talented black Brits. Stars including Olivia Colman, Sheridan Smith, Steve Coogan and Ben Whishaw were honoured in the acting categories at the annual event, held on Sunday (12May13) in London.
Henry has pointed out that ethnic actors, writers and directors missed out on being nominated for any trophies, and insists channel executives should make sure British TV is more diverse.
He tells the London Evening Standard, “There weren’t any black people at the BAFTAs – there was no black talent. What’s the matter with those people? What were the judges doing?
“There are just not enough programmes with black people in them. In 200 years’ time, our children are going to look back to now and say, ‘Remember that really weird period when there weren’t any black people in any programmes?’
“It’s unthinkable, but now we’re having to live through it. We’re in this slow, idling process towards change. I’m working on things and trying to bring about change, but I can’t do it all on my own.
“We need to invest in these programmes, in rainbow casting, in all of the great black writers, producers and directors who make these programmes.
“And these shouldn’t just be niche programmes, they must be about things we can all to relate to. We’re an inclusive nation. It’s time to make some inclusive programmes. Frankly, it’s just ignorance from the top down.”

by WENN

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