I just watched this - I had prioritised it, in amongst my numerous and diverse commitments.
The first programme was OUTSTANDING. This represents for me the best of the BBC - what the BBC should be doing and what I fervently hope that it will continue to do. It is very high quality social history, which educates and informs. It is because of programmes such as this that I chose to grow up with the BBC!
Cut and pasted from the BBC website:
Mixed Britannia is a new three-part series for BBC2. George Alagiah explores the often untold stories of Britain's mixed-race communities. In this three-part series George Alagiah explores the remarkable and untold story of Britain's mixed-race community and examines through the decades how mixed race has become one of the country's fastest growing ethnic groups.
The series continues next Thursday where it will look at the years 1940-1965, where the Second World War created a miniature baby boom of “brown babies” born to local British women and African American GIs, and many British-Chinese children in Liverpool lost their Chinese seamen fathers. With the post-war mass immigration, mixed couples, once rare and exotic, were becoming more common and society finally witnessed the first interracial kiss on British television.
Back to me!:
I will declare a personal interest here. My ex-husband was English (white). The failure of my marriage was down to other things and had nothing to do with the fact that we were a mixed race couple. My personal opinion was, and remains, that both sets of families gained a lot from the mixing of the cultures and from getting to know people from a different background and culture to themselves.
I am recommending that everyone, especially those with an interest in history, British history, or social history, watch this superb series.