Jonesing in the UK

A historic occasion is about to arrive for Barbados.

This month, after months of planning and preparation, Keeping Up With The Joneses, the first ever television series from Barbados will be broadcast in Britain on Sky satellite and Virgin cable.

Director of Sankofa Televisual, Ron Belgrave, said in a release that, “it will also be one of the few scripted series from the Caribbean, over the past half a century, ever, and, currently, the only one, to be shown on British screens. So Barbados will be leading the British Caribbean community in terms of TV presence as well”.

“Many of us (whether young or old) will welcome the opportunity to sit down and relax on the sofas in our living rooms, switch on the TV in the corner and watch stories from back home with real Barbadian themes and hearing those familiar accents,” he said.

The TV show, when it was aired on the local CBC channel in 2011 and 2012, was “one of the most popular local series ever on television in Barbados with record audiences rivalling Days Of Our Lives, and even the Evening News.”

Belgrave noted that all 15 half-hour episodes will be shown on The Africa Channel on Sky 209 and Virgin 208 in the UK from May 2013. Although the first transmission date is to be announced, it will be within the next two weeks.

The series is about an ordinary (fictitious) family named Jones (two parents and two children) whose daily lives are being filmed for a documentary with all the interesting, serious and humorous events that occur.

“The directors, producers, script-writers, camera crew and all the actors are Barbadians. This production is made by Bajans, starring Bajans, for Bajans! The whole family – mum, dad, grandma, granddad and children – will enjoy this wholesome series. …This is putting Barbados on the map!” Belgrave stated.

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