Windrush (TV series)

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Windrush is a four-part series of one-hour television documentaries originally broadcast on BBC2 in 1998[1] to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Britain of the MV Empire Windrush, the ship that brought the first significant wave of post-war West Indian immigrants.

The series was produced and directed by David Upshal. Its Executive Producer was Trevor Phillips. It won the 1999 Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary Series.[2]

Contributors include Lenny Henry, Jazzy B, Doreen Lawrence, Valerie Amos, Rosalind Howells, Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Ben Bousquet, Carroll Thompson, Charlie Williams, Cy Grant, Professor Stuart Hall, Ken Livingstone, Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Columbus Deniston, Ulric Cross, Chris Blackwell, Mike Phillips.

The four episodes were:[1]

  1. "Arrival" (30/05/98)
  2. "Intolerance" (13/06/98)
  3. "A New Generation" (06/06/98)
  4. "A Very British Story" (20/06/98)

The series was accompanied by the book Windrush: The Irresistible Rise Of Multi-Racial Britain written by Mike Phillips with Trevor Phillips, based on the extensive interviews conducted by producer/director David Upshal for the television series.[3] The Independent newspaper described it as being "One of the most important books ever to have been published on the black British experience".[3]


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