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Dane Baptiste pilot 'Bamous' coming to BBC Three

The new 30-minute satirical pilot will see Dane Baptiste explore and celebrate Black excellence.

Hosted by award-winning comedian Dane Baptiste, Bamous centres around the mythical NASBLAQ - a Stock index for diverse talent which determines which of them are allowed up and down the ladder of fame and success at any one time.

In this satirical new pilot for BBC Three, Dane and his assembled cast will try and figure out how the NASBLAQ works and how black talent can get to the top of it with an avalanche of comedy sketches, stunts, funny archive, interviews, social campaigns and much more, promising to reflect Britain at its most true, most provocative and most current.

Speaking about the new pilot, Dane said "I’m so incredibly proud of this commission. Bamous is the show I’ve always wanted to make, where I can explore and celebrate Blackness, Britishness and how both of those elements combined can create a distinct and hilarious piece of work - with a style unlike anything on the planet right now. Black excellence at its most outstanding."

BBC Three Controller, Fiona Campbell said "With Dane at the helm, supported by a cast of some of the most exciting comedy performing, writing and production talent in the country, BBC Three is honoured to be the home of the NASBLAQ."

In a series of definitions given to press, the term Bamous has been explained to mean:

  1. (noun) A black creative/celebrity that has a substantial following amongst black audiences.

  2. (noun) A non-black creative/celebrity/icon that has endeared themselves to a black audience. e.g, "David Beckham gets ratings from the mandem, he's not just famous, he's BAMOUS"

  3. This word is totally made up, but will be in the dictionary once we make it BAMOUS.

And Matt Campion, Creative Director for Spirit Studios who will be co-producing the show with Baptiste’s own company John’s Boy Entertainment, said |I’m thrilled that the BBC has given us the opportunity to make this show."

"We at Spirit exist to drive change through entertainment - and this show aims to do exactly that. I’m also excited to introduce the world to The NASBLAQ and the inner workings of Dane Baptiste’s brilliant comedy mind."

Bamous will air on BBC Three

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