“I haven’t seen this many black people on TV since The Real McCoy” via Twitter
And so it began. The first five minutes of The Future Wags of Great Britain, a one off drama which debuted on Channel 4 last week. The show sent Twitterville into a mild frenzy. The Real McCoy Tweet shown above hit the nail right on the head, causing copious amounts of people to re-tweet and partake in general discussion about the lack of black images shown on British terrestrial television.
In case you missed it, The Future Wags of Great Britain is a 30 minute drama about two sisters who are going through a bit of a metamorphosis in life. Kim (Naana Agyei) is a studious and ambitious young woman who becomes seduced by champagne life of the football world, which she is introduced to by her bubbly, party-going sister Missy (Bunmi Mujekwu) played by Mercy from Eastenders. Disguised as a footballer’s wife, Kim starts partying with players until she realises that she has lost sight of her dream and thus decides to head for America to emulate her idols such as Michelle Obama and Oprah.
The show was truly refreshing. I particularly liked the sharp dialogue ( “A pastor that drives a Lexus is not a man to be trusted”) and adored the little black girl nuances such as the patting of the weave. According to Destiny Films who directed the short, the show was watched by over half a million viewers, so well done to those who tuned in. Let’s hope channel 4 sit up and take note and realise there is an audience out there virtually starving for these stories. Tales that reflect our experiences in all its variations, and is written and presented in an indigenous way. Note to channel 4 and all of the other terrestrial channels: more of the same please.
We caught up with the writer of The Future Wags of Britain, Abby Ajayi, to hear what she had to say.