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Why we need season 2 of Venus Vs Mars

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Finally, a Black British romantic comedy series set in my hometown London! This series has been long overdue, for years I have seen black TV shows in the US, but there have been few and far between here. The last time us Brits saw an all-black cast in a TV show was Desmond’s, which was more than twenty years ago. The storyline followed a middle-aged barbershop owner and his funny family.

Since then the black actors on our TV screens have portrayed black youths living on housing estates, well what’s wrong with that you ask? Especially since there are young black people who happen to live on housing estates. The problem is that they are the only storylines we see, this causes more problems particularly when they are mostly associated with anti-social behaviour, knife crime and gang mentality.

When I started university I realised that I had outgrown the black-youth-on-a-council-estate stereotypical TV shows, but I also felt that I was too young to relate to Desmond’s. Until now there weren’t really any young adult black TV shows. This void for representation needed to be filled desperately. In the US they are spoiled for choice with shows like Being Mary Jane (with Gabrielle Union), Scandal (with Kerry Washington), and Empire (with Taraji P. Henson). Unfortunately we have not been afforded this luxury until Venus Vs Mars.

5 Reasons why we need season 2

The show appeals to, but is not limited to, young black adult professionals. The storyline centres on the protagonist Venus, an accountant, sister, friend and also a hopeless romantic looking for love in all the wrong places. Her trials and tribulations on her quest for love are heart-warming, emotional and damn right hilarious.

Another reason why I love this show is because of the London city camera angles, which are all very well executed. A lot of the places Venus visits are places I go too as well. For instance her jogging route encompasses Highbury Fields and there’s an episode in the West End’s Jerk City restaurant. It’s lovely to scream “I know that place!” at the TV instead of popular American cities, I don’t recognise since I’m not a local there. Even though she will never admit it, Venus obviously hails from North of the River Thames. As a local it’s so refreshing to see my neck of the woods, as the setting for an all-black show.

A final reason why we need another season to grace our screens is the hard work put in by the team. It was started as an online web series and they were able to create enough attention for the show, that Sky took it on to air on Sky Living. Many Black British shows are starting online and getting loads of attention, such as ackee & saltfish by Cecile Emeke. This is a very innovative solution to the lack of representation on TV screens. By creating our own storylines we’re creating jobs, positive role models and complex dimensional characters rather than stereotypes. Therefore we cannot let all of this hard work go to waste. Plus I want to see who Venus ends up with.

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Ansonia Childs

    July 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Excellent article and one that is long overdue. It’s refreshing that we are moving away from the negative stereotypes of black society but there is so much more to be done. This is a welcomed start but we need to see more black British talent entering the film industry and entertainment in general.

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