SBTV and Cardiff Productions’ Unapologetic has been given a series order by Channel 4.

The late-night topical discussion programme, presented by DJ Yinka Bokinni and social media star Zeze Millz, was initially commissioned as part of the broadcaster’s Black to Front Project content line up.

Following on from the pilot which tackled issues such as Black Lives Matter, football, racism, colourism and with guests including Terry Crews, Troy Deeney and Gary Younge, the new series will feature those from the worlds of politics and popular culture as well as the people who’ve been at the heart of controversies themselves. “The programme will continue to challenge ideas of what Black people are allowed to say and what is off-limits.”

Unapologetic was commissioned by Channel 4 Specialist Factual commissioning editor Shaminder Nahal and will be made by SBTV and Cardiff Productions with executive producers Isaac Densu, Duncan Eaton, Pat Younge and Maxine Watson.

Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor said: “The Black to Front project is about amplifying Black voices and talent in front of and behind the screen – and above all about making this part of an ongoing conversation. So I couldn’t be more delighted to commission a 6-part series of Unapologetic for Channel 4. This thoughtful, energetic – and truly unapologetic –  late-night debate and conversation show is an incredible showcase for two of the most exciting talents around – Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz.  I’m so thrilled to be working with them, and with SBTV and Cardiff. “

Jamal Edwards, SBTV: We are thrilled that the pilot was so successful and excited to be producing more episodes with the extremely talented Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz. Bringing through new talent is at the core of what we do at SBTV and as we increasingly move into the television production space we are grateful to Channel 4 for commissioning 6 new episodes of Unapologetic thereby giving us the opportunity to showcase more new talent.

Pat Younge, Cardiff Productions:   Unapologetic is a rare space in UK television that allows black voices on the right, left and centre debate the issues that matter to them with each other and on their own terms. I’m delighted that the potential of the pilot has been recognised by Channel 4, and really looking forward to working with SBTV, Yinka and Zeze to bring this series to air. ‘

Jon Creamer

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