Highlife hits our screens very soon (Picture: Channel 4)
Channel 4 has given viewers a first look at it’s Black reality show Highlife.
The channel revealed the principal cast members for the premium docu-ality series, set to air next month.
The exciting new series will ‘follow the lives and loves of a group of ambitious, glamorous young British West Africans all chasing their own idea of success.’
It will also ‘highlight a community where high family expectations often impact career choices, relationships and even friendship groups.’
The four-parter promises to offer a real and ‘relatable portrayal of British life,’ with cast members themselves teasing a viewing experience no one will forget.
Cast member Kiddwaya, 27, tweeted: ‘It’s the first show of its kind in British history and it promises deliver on jaw dropping original content [sic].’
The cast also includes singer-songwriter Kamille, who is best known for penning tracks with the stars, including Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Mabel.
The record label owner, 33, took to social media to answer fan questions about the show and to share her excitement.
Discussing her main reason for taking part, she said: ‘One of the main reasons why I wanted to be part of the show is to kind of show People of Colour doing amazing things, and I’m not used to really seeing that on national TV.
‘I want other Black girls to see Black women in prominent positions on TV, showing them that they can excel and they can go for their dreams.’
The importance for representation was echoed by the show’s creators.
Vivienne Molokwu promised a ‘glossy, ambitious and unapologetic’ series which ‘represents an exciting opportunity to portray young Black Britain without a gun or gang in sight.’
Co-produced by CR8TIVE ROW and Optomen, the series will also star Toni, Kamille, Tomi, Chiefer, Bernicia, Cuppy, and Irene.
Highlife is part of Channel 4 Represents: Black to Front, Channel 4’s ongoing commitment as an anti-racist organisation ‘to improve Black representation on and off screen, amplify the conversations around representation and portrayal, and drive long-term change.’
As well as Highlife, the network will air a one-off special of The Big Breakfast hosted by Mo Gilligan, followed by some of Channel 4’s biggest shows reimagined with Black talent, including family favourites Celebrity Gogglebox, Countdown and Channel 4 News.
Hollyoaks will also air an hour-long special that has been entirely written, directed and performed by its Black talent.
Highlife will launch its four-part run on the September 10 at 10pm.
Credit: Original article published here.