Footage from MACE on Reggae Britannia, BBC4 11th February.


MACE have supplied footage of two legendary reggae bands from the West Midlands in the documentary Reggae Britannia, to air on BBC 4 on Friday 11th February 2010.

A performance of “On My Radio” by Coventry’s The Selecter and footage of Birmingham’s  UB40 will feature in the programme by the BBC.

Reggae Britannia BBC4 February 11th at 9pm

Their official press release writes:

‘Reggae Britannia tells the story of how reggae music and culture has formed an intrinsic part of British life since the mid-Sixties and how black reggae and ska musicians, either from Jamaica or British-born, found their music and identities shaped by the rejection or acceptance of British audiences.

This documentary delves into the world of reggae, exploring everything from the music, the bass lines and the spliffs, to black kids speaking Brummie or Cockney, the romance of Jamaica and the smell of British streets in the Seventies. It also investigates reggae’s impact in a decade when a whole new argument about national and racial identity raged.

Directed by Jeremy Marre, the documentary includes contributions from Prince Far-I, Matumbi, Big Youth, Judge Dread, Linton Kwesi Johnson and a host of other reggae greats.’

The extracts are from MACE’s ITV Central collection and are a news title, ATV Today: 09.07.1980: UB40 and the 36 minute documentary on the music industry, Format V: 13.12.1979: At Least The Titanic Had a Good Band.  ITV Central’s regional collection was deposited at MACE by the Granada Media Group in 2004 and has over 60,000 titles.

We don’t have online video clips available of these two titles at present, but you can see their catalogue entries by clicking on the titles above. You can contact me at esm8@le.ac.uk to enquire about the possibility of purchasing a one off copy of these titles.

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