BLACK BRITISH CREATIVES – THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT
Several years ago I remember hearing through the grapevine that the BBC were claiming to have lost recordings of the hit 1990s BBC 2 comedy sketch show The Real McCoy, after there were calls from the black community to make the series (which ran from 1991-1996) available on DVD.
Well imagine my surprise when I visited The Voice website last week and read that after a lengthy ‘Bring Back The Real McCoy’ campaign the BBC has now issued the following statement:
A BBC Worldwide spokesperson told The Voice: “There are no current plans to release The Real McCoy on DVD as, regrettably, we do not feel there is a big enough market to justify the investment. However, we would be happy to discuss licensing the rights to the series with a third party DVD distributor.”
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Hmmmmmm… *side eye*
To be honest we shouldn’t even be surprised at the BBC’s decision to leave The Real McCoy locked away gathering dust in a large vault. The reality is that Auntie Beeb OWNS the rights to the show and therefore has the freedom and the power to do as they please.
OWNERSHIP is key here. This is why I always smile when I see black British script writers, directors and producers taking control by creating and funding their own projects (e.g Venus vs Mars, Meet The Adebanjo’s, Brothers With No Game, Dear Jesus, The Ryan Sisters, All About The McKenzies) and utilizing online platforms to ensure that their work is seen and enjoyed by an audience worldwide.
It is time to wake up folks! Major TV networks and TV executives in this country are only interested in telling “our stories” if that story involves death, destruction, road man antics, street slang, run down council estates and black men running around like a herd of wild wildebeests.
If we want variety and balance then the only way forward is to write/produce those stories and create our own platforms, which I am pleased to say is slowly starting to happen.
It is however disappointing that the BBC has decided against making The Real McCoy available on DVD, it was a brilliant show. But I also think that we need to move on now and focus on looking to the future.
Congratulations and well done to the creators of each of the web series projects mentioned above. Keep up the good work.
The future looks bright.
Your thoughts please….