Norman Beaton is perhaps now best remembered for a string of leading roles in successful television series from the 1970s to the 1990s. This screening presents the opening episodes of a number of his iconic series.

The Fosters (1976)
Based on American show Good Times, The Fosters followed the exploits of a Black family living in a tower block in South London.

Ep 1 – Samuel Foster worries about his daughter Shirley, who is dating a man five years older than her. He has no such concerns over the activities of his son, Sonny, though.

Empire Road (1978)
Structured around the Bennett family, who live in the symbolically named Empire Road in the heart of multi-racial Birmingham, this series brought together some of the leading Black actors of the day.

Ep 1 – Everton Bennett rules in Empire Road – but after six months away, with only Walter in charge, there are shocks in store for the ‘godfather’.

Desmond’s (1989)
Desmond Ambrose runs a barber shop in Peckham, south-east London, called Desmond’s – and his shop is the hub for the community’s social scene.

Ep 1 – Today is no ordinary day in the Ambrose household. A beautiful stranger, a ‘male order man’ and a handsome French teacher are all destined to enter their lives…

Little Napoleons (1994)
A four-part drama series starring Norman Beaton and Saeed Jaffrey as a pair of warring solicitors whose conflict spills out of the courtroom and into the council chambers.

Ep 1 – Labour councillor Judith Silver invites N.K. Edwards and Vijay Shah to stand for election to the local council. Who will win the seat? And will Tory councillor Edward Feathers have the last laugh?

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128 minutes

Country of origin:
Great Britain

Year of production:
1976 - 1994