Channel U will return to the British airwaves on 13 November.
In 2018, the influential grime station ceased broadcasting after 15 years on air. Now, after a two-year hiatus, the TV channel will make its comeback in November with the launch of the film Against All Odds. Directed by Femi Oyeniran and Nicky “Slimting” Walker, the grime movie is set to be “a visual celebration of the scene that the grime forefathers created.” It features D Double E, Jammer and Ghetts, who will play themselves.
Walker told Radio 1 Newsbeat, “We wanted to create something that celebrated the very important musical genre that is considered to have been the foundation of all the different scenes that exist at the moment.”
D Double E added, “Channel U returning is big for the scene, we (grime artists) haven’t really got much TV support so it will be good for us.”
The rest of the channel’s programme will include old grime videos and classic shows. Channel U was first launched in 2003, and was later renamed Channel AKA. It gave rise to artists such as Skepta, Giggs, Wretch 32, Dizzee Rascal and more.
Check out the trailer for Against All Odds above, and watch our Internet Explorers episode with D Double E.