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Postwar Britain

1 January 1973

British entry to the European Economic Community

1973 saw the first wave of enlargement of the European Community following on from the Hague Summit. This was preceded by the Luxembourg Prime Minister,...

6 October 1972

Leicester City Council publishes a third advertisement in the Ugandan Argus

Leicester City Council published a third advertisement in the Ugandan Argus advising Ugandan Asians not to come to the city.

9 September 1972

National Front hold an anti-immigration march in Leicester

The National Front is a far-right party that came to prominence in the early 1970s amidst economic turmoil and growing non-white Commonwealth immigration. The arrival...

17 August 1972

Leicester City Council publish an advertisement in the Ugandan Argus

The Leicester City Council published the following advertisment in the Ugandan Argus discouraging Asians from settling in Leicester: "AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL...

18 September 1972

Beginning of British airlift initiative

The Ugandan Argus reported on the British airlift of Ugandan Asians as follows: "British Asians airlift gets under way The first 'immigrant special' flight to...

19 September 1972

Ugandan Asians arrive at Stansted

Extract from Martin Adeney and Michael Lake reporting for The Guardian: "In the chilly drizzle at Stansted the Asians managed to retain even more composure...

24 August 1972

Statement by Chairman of the Uganda Resettlement Board

Chairman of the Uganda Resettlement Board made a statement that refugees would be persuaded to settle in places that had not already experienced strains on...

27 September 1972

First chartered flight to Canada organised by the Canadian High Commission

First Canadian chartered flights for Ugandan Asians leave from Entebbe Airport. The Christian Science Monitor reported on the unfolding crisis with the following: "The United...


Mass Migration from the Commonwealth to Britain

The three decades after the end of the Second World War was a period of mass migration to Europe, as once thriving economies were faced...


All About H. Hatterr

Author: G. V. Desani "When this book first appeared 22 years ago, it was praised by a fine clutch of literary pundits--yet disappeared almost without...

1953 - 1961

Asian Club

A BBC television live discussion show intended for people of the Commonwealth. In the same year of the show's inception, the BBC broadcast an interview...


Sunlight on a Broken Column

Author: Attia Hosain "Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather’s traditional household by her aunts, who keep purdah....


Commonwealth Immigrants Act

The Commonwealth Immigrants Act of 1962 was the first major reform to Britain's immigration legislation since the British Nationality Act of 1948. The Act of...


Establishment of the Ministry of Overseas Development

Harold Wilson's government created the Ministry of Overseas Development with the aim of amalgamating aid efforts of various state departments including the Foreign Office. Wilson...

1965 - 2009

BBC Asian Programmes Unit

The BBC Asian Programmes Unit was formerly known as the Immigrants Programmes Unit. The change in name was a recognition that many people in Britain...


Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye

Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye was a radio and television educational programme aimed at South Asian immigrants delivered in Hindustani. Check out a sound clip from...


Shakespeare-Wallah (film)

Director: James Ivory; Writer: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Starring: Shashi Kapoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itJvAnLj0Z0 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059709/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0    


Look, Listen and Speak

A BBC television programme intended for immigrants seeking to learn English.


Commonwealth Immigrants Act

The Commonwealth Immigrants Act of 1968 furthered restrictions on migration to Britain that had been in place from 1962. The Act was introduced in response...

1968 - 1982

Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan

Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan was a Hindustani-language magazine show which featured discussions, interviews, and live perfomances. See below Jagjit Singh performing 'Sarakti Jaaye Hai Rukh...


First Hindu Mandir in Britain

The Radha Krishna Temple, Leicester is the first documented place of Hindu worship in Britain. The Leicester Mercury reported on the procession and installation of...


Immigration Act

The Immigration Act of 1971 was more explicit in its racial underpinnings than its 1968 predecessor. 'Non-patrials', or those that did not have a parent...


Freddie Mercury

Lead singer of iconic British rock band Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, a British protectorate. Bulsara hailed from a Parsi...


The Nowhere Man

Author: Kamala Markandaya "Srinivas, an elderly Brahmin, has been living in a south London suburb for thirty years. After the death of his son, and...


Expulsion of Ugandan Asians

On 25 January 1971, General Idi Amin overthrew the civilian government in a military coup against the Milton Obote government. On the day after the...


Open Door: ‘Black Teachers’

Documentary exploring the experience of Black teachers and students in the English education system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhCbdD30az4

1974 - 1977

Annan Committee

Set up in 1974, the Committee considered the needs of British television broadcasting. One of its key recommendations was the need to diversify television content....


A Private Enterprise (film)

Director: Peter Smith; Starring: Salmaan Peerzada For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067619/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Autobiography of a Princess (film)

Director: James Ivory; Writer: Ruth Prawer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIpAcKlIM6M For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072674/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

1977 - 1987


Gharbar was a BBC magazine show aimed at Asian women delivered in a mix of English and Hindi. See below a clip from the show...

1977 - 1978


An educational bilingual drama in Hindi and English intended for South Asian migrants to Britain.

1977 - 1994

Channi Singh

Alaap was a pioneering British bhangra group led by singer Channi Singh. See below Alaap featuring Asha Bhosle performing 'Chum Chum Nachdi Phiran' in 1990:...

1978 - 1979

Here Today Here Tomorrow

A three-part film series on British Asian life presented by Zia Mohyeddin. See part-one below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPvpVHO_Jf0


Open Door: ‘It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum’

Documentary demonstrating the racial bias of the British media. See the documentary below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4oZtBfN87A


Open Door: ‘Southall on Trial’

BBC documentary exploring the Southall anti-National Front demonstrations, riots, and developments leading up to the events. See below an ITN news report on the Southall...



Director: Franco Rosso; Writers: Franco Rosso, Martin Stellman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_xhN87G8bk For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080406/


London Minorities Unit

The London Minorities Unit was set up to cater to London's diverse population as part of London Weekend Television. The Unit also went on to...



London Weekend Television documentary series for London's Asian and Afro-Caribbean community.


Black Media Workers’ Association

Pressure group set up by Black and Asian media professionals. The Guardian reported: "Blacks in media campaign A campaign to attract more black people into...


Feminist Fables

Author: Suniti Namjoshi "First published in 1981, this collection of ingenious tales has become a minor feminist classic. In their timeless sweep through past, present...


Midnight’s Children

Author: Salman Rushdie "Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks...

1982 - 1987

Asian Magazine

BBC magazine programme aimed at British South Asians. It was a rebranding of Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan which had been on air since 1968. See...

1982 - 1989


A BBC magazine programme aimed at British Afro-Caribbeans. Created in response to a lack of Afro-Caribbean programming in contrast to Channel Four. See below, Frank...


Channel 4 begins transmission

Channel 4 began transmission on 2nd November 1982. See below, Channel 4's first ever news broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_uY4-iQ64


Gandhi (film)

Director: David Attenborough; Starring: Ben Kinglsey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pENM42-QB8 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083987/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

1982 - 1985

Black on Black

Channel Four magazine programme aimed at the British Afro-Caribbean community. See below, Tippa Irie performing 'Complain Neighbour' on Black on Black in 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AFOGlqhjF4

1982 - 1985

Eastern Eye

Channel Four magazine programme aimed at the British South Asian community. See below, Nazia & Zoheb Hassan performing 'Aap Hum Kul Waha' and 'Aap Jaisa...


Sheila Chandra

Vocalist on Moonsoon's 'Ever So Lonely'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BpjkK9CBc4


Appointment of Farrukh Dhondy as Channel 4 Commissioner of Multicultural Programmes

Appointment of Farrukh Dhondy as Channel 4 Commissioner of Multicultural Programmes. Dhondy would go on to commission much of the Black and Asian content of...

1985 - 1989

The Bandung File

The Bandung File was a topical international current affairs series told from a global south perspective. See below, an interview with artist Tasaduq Sohail on Bandung...


My Beautiful Laundrette (film)

Director: Stephen Frears; Writer: Hanif Kureishi; Starring Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_uVUBcHjzk For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091578/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  


A Wicked Old Woman

Author: Ravinder Randhawa "In a bustling British city, decked out with NHS specs and Oxfam coat, Kulwant masquerades behind her old woman’s disguise, taking life...


Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (film)

Director: Stephen Frears; Writer: Hanif Kureishi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1fOQTm9mR4 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093913/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Madame Soustzka (film)

Director: John Schlesinger; Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Schlesinger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ0Mu5kniXI For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095564/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0


Right of Way: Prose and Poetry from the Asian Women Writers’ Collective

Asian Women Writers' Collective Anthology. "The Asian Women Writers Collective (AWWC) published their first anthology, ‘Right of Way’, with The Women’s Press in 1989. During...



Author: Leena Dhingra "Amritvela tells of a story of Meera's return visit to India. Meera, who was taken to England as a child by her...


Vastiana Belfon appointed as Editor of African-Caribbean Programming at the BBC

Vastiana Belfon was the first black editor of programming at the BBC. Belfon also worked as a series producer and presenter on Ebony. See below,...


Bombay Duck

Author: Farrukh Dhondy "Bombay duck isn't duck at all but dried fish, and as such works very well as the central metaphor of this energetic...



Current affairs series exploring contemporary issues relating to British South Asians. See below, an interview with Amitabh Bachchan on East in 1990: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJfi4jcUfl8


The Buddha of Suburbia

Author: Hanif Kureishi " 'My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost…' The hero of Hanif Kureishi’s debut novel...



Author: Tariq Ali "A bawdy political satire, set in present-day Paris, New York, Mexico City and London, against the backdrop of events in Eastern Europe...



Desert Storm (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZCx6FLHj_I


The Red Box

Author: Farhana Sheikh "The Red Box...depicts the double victimization of Pakistani women in Britain through racism and exploitation as cheap manual laborers, often by wealthy...

1991 - 1997

Black Bag

Black Bag was a rebranding of Bandung Files, a topical international current affairs programme invariably told from a global south perspective. See below, the first...



Author: Atima Srivastava "Transmission is a novel set in the media world of the nineties. Angie, a second-generation immigrant from india in her twenties, is...

1992 - 1996

Devil’s Advocate

A debate show centred on black British topics and personalities. See below, an interview with Chris Eubank conducted by Darcus Howe on Devil's Advocate in...


Bhaji on the Beach (film)

Director: Gurinder Chadha; Writers: Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20KdLa-9d2c For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106408/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Apache Indian

Boom Shack-A-Lak (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzBd41NuZw    


Flaming Spirit: Stories from the Asian Writers’ Collective

Asian Women Writers' Collective Anthology "Flaming Spirit’ was published in 1994 by Virago in occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Asian Women Writers Collective...



Author: Romesh Gunesekera "A single lighted match banishes Triton from his father’s home to the employ of Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps,...


Shy FX & UK Apachi

Original Nuttah (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkAYv0MuVTE


Brothers in Trouble (film)

Director: Udayan Prasad; Writers: Robert Buckler, Abdullah Hussein; Starring: Om Puri For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112586/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


The Black Album

Author: Hanif Kureishi "The Black Album is a portrait of a young Asian man being pulled in conflicting directions: one way by the lure of...


Jas Mann

Lead singer of Babylon Zoo broke into the UK charts with 'Spaceman' in 1996. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnPntwwxuq8


Anita and Me

Author: Meera Syal "The debut novel from the award-winning screenwriter of Bhaji on the Beach. The story of nine-year-old Meena, growing up in the only...


My Son the Fanatic (film)

Director: Udayan Prasad; Writer: Hanif Kureishi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0xAGZSLYNA For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119743/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Sixth Happiness (film)

Director: Waris Hussein; Writer: Firdaus Kanga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=763CsNOIyx8&t=2s For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0127289/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Establishment of the Department for International Development

Under Tony Blair's Labour government, British foreign aid was made the domain of the newly established Department for International Development. This was a change from...



Brim Full of Asha (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LBnMRWeV-E  


Network East

Formerly the Asian Magazine, a BBC magazine show aimed at British South Asians. See below, Glaswegian Bhangra group 'Bombay Talkie' on the Asian Magazine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF_C-MF_JnI...



BBC documentary on the history of the Sikhs and the Sikh faith. See the documentary below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odACBvDCq9g

1998, 2000, 2014, 2015

Goodness Gracious Me

A comedy sketch show satirising aspects of British and British South Asian life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtxSpGF2wGc


When Memory Dies

Author: A. Sivanandan "The Buddha taught that to live is to experience suffering. Few family sagas, especially first ones, have captured this aspect of suffering...



A four-part BBC documentary series to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Caribbean migrants to Britain on the Empire Windrush. See below, part...

1999 - Present

BBC Asian Network

Created in the wake of the success of regional BBC radio programming catering to a British South Asian audience. See below, BBC Asian Network presenter...


East is East (film)

Director: Damien O'Donnell; Writer: Ayub Khan-Din https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg-zwt-XMFE For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166175/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Talvin Singh

OK (Album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ROyUVIeaw&list=PL4cFCca2acavpA8LBU1khWXYm0WJrg8ow


The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Author: Salman Rushdie "On Valentine’s Day, 1989, Vina Apsara, a famous and much-loved singer, disappears in a devastating earthquake. Her lover, the singer Ormus Cama,...


Nitin Sawhney

Beyond Skin (Album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZqA9_s4qvo&list=OLAK5uy_md53kiLHjfXPxrwr37LPzjWmiqJUA5u1E

2001 - 2006

The Kumars at No. 42

Celebrity talk show hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar, Vincent Ebrahim, Indira Joshi, and Meera Syal in character as members of the Kumar family. See below, The...


Half a Life

Author: V. S. Naipaul "In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced...


Bend It Like Beckham (film)

Director: Gurinder Chadha; Starring: Parminder Nagra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DNwS_CwEAw For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286499/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Anita & Me (film)

Director: Metin Huseyin; Writer: Meera Syal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5pI2UPaT8g For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303661/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Punjabi MC

Mundian To Bach Ke (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAtpvJdIiM0


Brick Lane

Author: Monica Ali "At the tender age of eighteen, Nazneen’s life is turned upside down. After an arranged marriage to a man twenty years her...


Something Black in the Lentil Soup

Author: Reshma S. Ruia "Something Black in the Lentil Soup is a comical and irreverent portrayal of three parallel cultures-British, Indian and British-Indian-with penetrating insights...


Maps for Lost Lovers

Author: Nadeem Aslam "In an unnamed English town, Jugnu and his lover Chanda have disappeared. Rumours abound in the close-knit Pakistani community and then, on...


Desi DNA

Desi DNA was a magazine show covering current affairs and topics related to British South Asians. See below, Tigerstyle performing 'Mann Doabe Da' on Desi...


A Fond Kiss (film)

Director: Ken Loach; Writer: Paul Laverty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2YNgMqXh4I For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380366/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Yasmin (film)

Director: Kenneth Glenaan; Writer: Simon Beaufoy; Starring: Archie Panjabi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UorpOWZ973A For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420333/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Love + Hate (film)

Director: Dominic Savage; Writer: Dominic Savage For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471018/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1



Arular (Album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzjLrkCG-cg&list=OLAK5uy_n7wcQhvECnwZdTU-cVfLsfvv18-ogbm5o


Naughty Boy

Musician and producer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1_3zBUKM8



Author: Gautam Malkani "‘Londonstani’, Gautam Malkani’s electrifying debut, reveals a Britain that has never before been explored in the novel: a country of young Asians...


Provoked (film)

Director: Jag Mundhra; Writers: Carl Austin, Rahila Gupta; Starring: Aishwarya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Hvp6JKEd0 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458072/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0


Britz (TV series)

Director: Peter Kosminsky; Writer: Peter Kosminsky https://youtu.be/ZpCX2n0nTf0 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0991005/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Brick Lane (film)

Director: Sarah Gavron; Writer: Monica Ali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLdabaTRZBo For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0940585/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0


A Golden Age

Author: Tahmima Anam "A mother struggles to protect her children as Bangladesh fights for independence; winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and shortlisted for the...



Author: Nikita Lalwani "Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood...


Graffiti My Soul

Author: Niven Govinden "This is Surrey, where nothing bad ever happens. Except somehow, 15-year-old Veerapen, half-Tamil, half-Jew and the fastest runner in the school, has...


Slumdog Millionaire (film)

Director: Danny Boyle; Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy; Adaptation of Vikas Swarup, Q & A; Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIzbwV7on6Q For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Shifty (film)

Director: Eran Creevy; Writer: Eran Creevy; Starring: Riz Ahmed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69GsmFeX5IE For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104126/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Jay Sean

Down (Single) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUbpGmR1-QM

2009-2014, 2021-present

Siva Kaneswaran

Member of British-Irish boy band The Wanted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ggzxInyzVE


Another Gulmohar Tree

Author: Aamer Hussein "Usman is visiting post-war London from Pakistan when he meets a young aspiring artist called Lydia who has, like himself, come out...

2010 - present

Zayn Malik

Singer and former member of One Direction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k8PGm-TI


Four Lions (film)

Director: Chris Morris; Writers: Chris Morris, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew-SrlQ9tlI For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


The Infidel (film)

Director: Josh Appignanesi; Writer: David Baddiel; Starring: Omid Djalili https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPyruvdRwzE For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424003/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


West is West (film)

Director: Andy De Emmony; Screenplay: Ayub Khan-Din https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL6YLWLmQq0 For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441956/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (film)

Director: John Madden; Screenplay: Ol Parker; Adaptation of Deborah Moggach, These Foolish Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZwXZte_ctk For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1412386/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0


Gods Without Men

Author: Hari Kunzru "Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California...

2012 - 2016

Citizen Khan

Sit-com depicting the life of a British Pakistani family. See below, a clip from the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3rnOyWlFZE


The Year of the Runaways

Author: Sunjeev Sahota "Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, Sunjeev Sahota's unforgettable novel about illegal immigrants is – as...


Home Fire

Author: Kamila Shamsie "Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in...


Yesterday (film)

Director: Danny Boyle; Screenplay: Richard Curtis; Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3VeHyedL1U For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8079248/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Blinded by the Light (film)

Director: Gurinder Chadha; Screenplay: Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1YFA_J5JBU For more info check out: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8266310/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

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