This past two months have been mega busy with me Series Producing Series 2 of the Channel 4 discussion show UNAPOLOGETIC.
Hosted by digital influencer and presenter Zeze Millz and Radio and TV Broadcaster Yinka Bokinni, the show airs every Wednesday at 11.05pm and dives into a handful of weekly topical conversations which have had the internet and young social media platforms buzzing. (Don’t worry if the show is on too late for you to watch live- due to the usual TV ad-share reasons where advertisers want to book slots with huge ratings which leaves ”specialist content” in graveyard slots…you can-like young digital audiences- watch every show back on ALL4!)
Our two hosts made history by being the first young, black, female lead lineup for a British mainstream TV show and are joined weekly by a panel of three VIC’s (VERY IMPORTANT COMMENTATORS), as well as expert opinion guests with real lived experiences and very strong polarising opinions.
Topics have so far included trending topics like British acting superstar John Boyega stating he ONLY DATES BLACK and whether this is racist?, Whether it’s the era of the sugar baby and sugar daddy?, are Gen Z the least resilient generation?, has diversity in politics made any difference?, the discourse around colour-blind-casting, whether celebrity LGBTQIA+ allies are hypocrites for attending the Qatar World Cup and whether shows like Love Island are bad for us.
The show is a fast turnaround show each week, with young black talent and fast rising influencers and celebrities thrown into the mix.
The North London studio each week is buzzing with 360 camera excitement, selfies and stories being created onset by all the guests as well as the SBTV Digital team and it’s a rollercoaster ride every week! There is always Zeze’s dog Dave running around getting loved on by everyone onsite. There are always boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts gifted by our exec Brenda Edwards. Theres always a buzzing gallery of screens adjacent to an always spinning 360 platform for the various influencers milling around getting mic’ed up for the studio. It’s fun, young and throws all the usual telly status quo rules out of the window.
The backstage crew are a talented fresh mix of young TV Production teams who are fast rising TV stars in their own right working across numerous mainstream TV Series.
The show is CO Exec Produced by the brilliant team at Cardiff Productions led by former BBC Head Honcho ‘s Pat Younge and Maxine Watson. The show is also CO Exec Produced by the stellar SBTV team led by the multi faceted Brenda Edwards, and Isaac Densu.
One week early in the series i glanced across to my right as we were filming and gasped with surprise and delight as I observed a whole set full of black crew! More than I’d ever seen on any set I’ve worked on across the years, and I’ve been in the game over two decades. It was a great feeling to see such a mix of inclusive talent from under represented groups and Channel 4, Cardiff Productions and SBTV are changing the game with this set up.
I also loved working on the show as I got to meet and work with so many of my favourite online personalities who I have been following and fan-girling over for years, like Kelechi Okafor!
Salute Zeze & Yinka and the whole UNAPOLOGETIC TEAM for holding the reins of this show & keeping all the celebs & influencers in check all series.
Topical discussions from a younger than your usual perspective on British TV.
Throwing the usual TV rules out.
Refreshing. Different. Unique!