Bristol's Maya Jama to star in Celebrity Gogglebox Black to Front special

By Oscar Dayus

Bristol's Maya Jama is to star in a new Gogglebox special this evening. The one-off Celebrity Gogglebox show is part of Channel 4's Black to Front day, which focuses on showcasing black talent.

The episode also features Mo Gilligan and Babatundé Aléshé, the Plummer brothers, Marcus and Mica, and Amira and Amani, Wretch 32 and Ghetts, Jourdan Dunn and brother Antoine, Eddie Kadi and Michael Dapaah, and the Diversity dancers Perry Kiely and Ashley and Jordan Banjo.

Jama, though, will be appearing alongside the comedian Munya Chawawa, who has risen to fame via skits on social media. Together, the cast will be reacting to Changing Rooms, Top of the Pops 1991, Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, Married at First Sight UK, Get Out, Skin A&E, and BBC News reports on racism in football.

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Black to Front is a Channel 4 initiative designed to "improve Black representation on-screen and more widely in the TV industry". The broadcaster says: "The purpose of the project is two-fold: firstly, to challenge us all to see our content differently, and secondly, to leave a lasting legacy in terms of increased Black representation both on- and off-screen."

It adds: "We are doing this as part of our remit to represent and champion under-represented audiences and communities. Channel 4 is the first and only broadcaster that could make such a significant commitment to bringing new creative ideas, stories, people and points of view to the UK audience.

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"It is important to us that viewers can identify with people that they see on-screen and that everyone in the UK feels represented and heard in our programmes. The programming will not only entertain viewers but also create a national conversation about Black portrayal and representation."

Channel 4's programming is dedicated to black actors, presenters, comedians, writers, experts and more throughout the whole of September 10, 2021. Other special programmes include a Countdown special hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, a return of the Big Breakfast hosted by Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu, and Highlife, a documentary series focusing on a group of ambitious young British west Africans.

Celebrity Gogglebox airs on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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