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Nice

Monologue about a "nice" West Indian and his descent into postcolonial cynicism, performed by the legendary Norman Beaton

Drama 1984 26 mins

Overview

Back in the 1980s, Channel 4 TV was at the radical cutting edge of British TV. This film is one example of the kind of offbeat short programming on offer, written by Farrukh Dhondy and performed by the late Norman Beaton, star of international hit TV show Desmond's. Beaton plays the role of an inexperienced, well-mannered, comedic migrant to perfection. A genuine artistic advocate for the Windrush generation, he was an exceptional acting talent who draws you in to the narrative of the naïve "nice" West Indian and his descent into postcolonial cynicism.

At the time of this film, Dhondy was a media executive for Channel 4 (Commissioning Editor 1984–97). During his time at the channel, he also wrote the comedy series Tandoori Nights (1985–87).