1983 – 1985
Broadcast on Channel 4
Commissioned by London Weekend Television
No Problem was the Black Theatre Co-operative’s groundbreaking Channel 4 Sitcom in partnership with London Weekend Television. Written by Farrukh Dhondy and Mustapha Matura, it was groundbreaking, firstly because it was the first British comedy sitcom to air on the newly formed Channel 4 and secondly it was the first original comedy series of its kind in the UK; addressing the lives of a black British family.
Twenty-seven episodes were broadcast. The story focuses on the young-adult
Powell children, whose parents have returned to their native Jamaica, leaving their children (Terri, Bellamy, Angel, Tosh and Sensi) in charge of the house.
Terri is hoping to become established as a model; her boyfriend, Beast, opens a nightclub; Toshiba runs a pirate radio station (Radio Runnings) and later releases his own hit record; Melba is their cousin, visiting from Jamaica; and all do their hilarious best to get by in the absence of their parents.
The principal cast - Chris Tummings, Janet Kay, Victor Romero Evans, Judith Jacob, Malcolm Frederick and Shope Shodeinde – also appeared in Channel 4’s 1983/84 New Year's Eve hour-long special Party At The Palace, performing especially written material in character.
Directed by: Nic Phillips, Michael Dolenz, Graham C Williams, Charlie Hanson
Produced by: Charlie Hanson, Michael Dolenz
Victor Romero Evans: Bellamy
Malcom Frederick: Beast
Judith Jacob: Sensimilia
Janet Kay: Angel
Sarah Lam: Susannah
Shope Shodeinde: Terri
Chris Tummings: Toshiba
Angela Wynter: Melba