Jumoké Fashola – Ama’s Story

Jumoké stars in Sky Original Ama’s Story. Adding to the line-up of new shows is a one-off special released in the run up to World Book Day, Ama’s Story (4+). Created by a black British couple of Ghanian and Nigerian heritage, Ama’s Story is based on their daughter’s experience of being unable to find a book or character that represented her own background or culture. This inspired them to write and publish a number of picture books and an animated short based on Ama’s own experiences.

Told through the eyes of six-year-old Ama, the live action show sees Ama trying to decide on her favourite book to take to her school’s book day. Ama’s family help her to realise that she can use her imagination to write her own story, creating her own book full of all her favourite things including a Kente cloth jacket that reminds her of Ghana, which she wears proudly to school, and her talking cat Smokey narrated by international comedian Eddie Kadi.

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Olissa Rogers – African Queens: Njinga

New doc-series African Queens: Njinga with casting by Olissa Rogers is now available to stream on Netflix.

African Queens: Njinga began with an idea from Jada Pinkett Smith, who was wondering how to talk to Willow about Black Queens in history – Jada went on to both narrate and executive produce the show.

The series takes a look at the extraordinary life of 17th Century Queen Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba (modern-day Angola). As the nation’s first female ruler, Njinga earned a reputation for her blend of political and diplomatic skill with military prowess, leading to her becoming an icon of resistance for many.

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Aryè Campos – Rio Connection

Aryè stars in the series regular role of Amanda Singleton in new crime series Rio Connection.

The new SONY limited series is currently streaming in Canada. All episodes are now available to stream on TELUS and will now be airing in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on the SONY AXN channel weekly. 

Rio Connection takes place in the mid-1970s, when Italian and American authorities were closing in on three prominent figures of organized crime. On the run, the three men found themselves in Brazil, with new identities and a new goal: tropicalize the mafia.

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Sam Lilja – Django

Sam Lilja will be starring as Lt. Roger Quinn in Django. Airing on Sky Atlantic, Django stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Nicholas Pinnock, Lisa VIcari and Noomi Rapace and is loosely based on the acclaimed Spaghetti Western movie from 1966.

In late 1800s Texas, Django, a dangerous wanted man, arrives in New Babylon, a city founded by John Ellis, where all outcasts are welcome.

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Angus Macfadyen – Superman and Lois

Angus co-stars as Kryptonian scientist and Superman’s father Jor-El in Warner Bros. Television’s Superman and Lois, available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Set well into the Man of Steel’s tenure as the defender of Earth, he has started a family with his wife and co-worker at the Daily Planet Lois Lane. 

After returning to his hometown of Smallville on Kent family business, Lois and Clarke are reacquainted with Clarke’s childhood sweetheart Lana Lang. 

While dealing with family strife, including their two teenage sons Jonathan and Jordan slowly showing some of the same powers as their Kryptonian father, Superman and Lois Lane must also deal with the arrival by a mysterious Stranger and the secret insidious experiments of Morgan Edge. 

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Don Klass – You

Don Klass is set to guest star in season 4 of the Netflix Original series, You.

You is a psychological romantic drama based on the books written by Caroline Kepness. The show depicts Joe, a dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man who goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

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Sara Griffiths – The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Sara guest stars as Manderina in the second season of Channel 5 original drama, The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Antiques expert moves to France suspicious of how her husband died and uses her skills to become a PI aiding the local police and simultaneously bonding with the town’s popular taxi driver.

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Mhairi Calvey – Boat Story

Mhairi will be guest-starring as PC Jenny in BBC thriller Boat Story.

When two hard-up strangers, Janet and Samuel, stumble across a – wait for it – haul of cocaine on a shipwrecked boat, they can’t believe their luck.

So rather than hand it in to the authorities, the duo decide to form a partnership of sorts: they will sell the drugs, split the cash, and become rich beyond their wildest dreams – before parting ways once again.

Naturally, though, it isn’t quite that easy. Because not only do Janet and Samuel find themselves entangled with police, but they also become targeted by masked hitmen… and a sharp-suited gangster known only as ‘The Tailor’.

Will they survive long enough to take their cash to the bank? Only time will tell…

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Cassidy Little – Murdoch Mysteries Season 16

Cassidy stars in Season 16 of Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries airing on Acorn TV in the UK from 19th January 2023.

Based on Maureen Jennings’ award-winning novels, Murdoch Mysteries follows a pioneering detective in early 20th century Canada. Using innovative forensic techniques, William Murdoch tackles Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual.

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Julie Barclay – U-Boat War Gamers

Julie plays the role of Vera Laughton in U-Boat War Gamers, a new six-part docuseries on Sky History.

January 1943: Admiral Karl Dönitz, head of the Nazis’ U-boat fleet, has brought Britain to the brink of starvation by ruthlessly destroying close to a thousand of their merchant ships. If the transatlantic shipping route is cut off, the Allies will lose their last foothold in Western Europe. The Royal Navy turns to retired war gamer Gilbert Roberts. Roberts is to use war gaming to try to decipher and combat Dönitz’s tactics. To do this, he needs a team, but the Navy can’t spare any men. Instead, he risks the ridicule of high command by turning to the Women’s Royal Navy Service (WRNS) to war game the U-boats’ tactics. In partnership with Jean Laidlaw, one of Britain’s first female chartered accountants, and a small team of resourceful female mathematicians, Roberts acts out naval battles and games the U-boats’ moves on a linoleum floor, using chalk and wooden model ships.  

War Gamers airs on Sky History from Tuesday 21st February. 

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