Channel 4 has announced the commission of the first Black British premium reality series in new four-parter, Highlife.
Highlife follows the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamourous young Nigerian Brits all chasing their own idea of success. Showcasing a community where high family expectations often impact career choices, relationships and even friendship groups the series is an aspirational and authentic portrayal of British life through a totally distinct but utterly relatable lens.
Launching later this year, the series will air at 10pm as part of Channel 4 Represents: Black to Front, formerly announced as Black Takeover in August 2020.
Vivienne Molokwu, who is one of the forces behind Black To Front said: “This four-part series represents an exciting opportunity to portray young Black Britain without a gun or gang in sight. Glossy, ambitious and unapologetic, just like it’s cast, this confident new series will look different both in front of and behind the camera whilst still reflecting the highs and lows of life in a way we can all relate to.”
Daps said “There remains a lack of representation on British television. There are systemic issues that have disabled, or not enabled, certain groups to get key opportunities within the industry. This reality-doc series combats both these issues celebrating a group of young successful Black Brits and highlights issues this demographic face in an accessible way.”
Highlife will air as part of Black to Front alongside a one-off special of The Big Breakfast fronted by Mo Gilligan, and followed by some of Channel 4’s biggest flagship shows reimagined with Black talent, including Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown and Channel 4 News. Hollyoaks will be an hour-long special entirely written, directed and performed by its Black talent.