BBC Three orders full series of Dreaming Whilst Black
BBC Three has ordered six episodes of Dreaming Whilst Black following last year’s successful pilot.
The pilot was adapted from the web series co-written by Adjani Salmon and Ali Hughes, and won several gongs and awards nominations.
Big Deal Films is co-producing the full series run alongside A24; the latter will also distribute internationally.
Loosely inspired by real life events, Dreaming Whilst Black follows aspiring filmmaker Kwabena (Salmon) in and out of reality as he tries to make it in “Babylon.” The problem is he’s broke, Black and born into a Jamaican family who wishes he was an accountant.
Salmon said: “When we made the web series we wanted to be “di bes ting pon di intanet.” With all the support we now have, we want to make “di bes ting pon BBC TV,” pun intended.”
Co-executive producer Dhanny Joshi, Big Deal Films, added: “We are thrilled for the opportunity to continue telling Kwabena’s story in creative collaboration with A24, BBC Comedy and the rest of our incredible cast, writers and crew.
“The response we’ve received from audiences who continue to discover the Dreaming Whilst Black pilot is one of the most deeply rewarding experiences we’ve shared. To hear viewers express how the show made them “feel seen” has been inspirational, and we're so grateful to the team at BBC Comedy and A24 for making the series a reality.”
The other executive producers are Thomas Stogdon and Salmon. The series will be directed by Jermain Julien and Joelle Mae David and produced by Nicola Gregory.
The original web series was co-written by Salmon and Ali Hughes and was created by Salmon, Max Evans, Laura de Sousa Seixas and Natasha Jatania of 4 Quarters Films.
Strategic advice and ongoing support was provided by Bal Samra of Bizet Media.
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