Brand New Documentary Tells The Story Of Iconic Channel U

Brand New Documentary Tells The Story Of Iconic Channel U


Channel U was dedicated to playing Grime/Hip-Hop and the best of British rap on Sky Television, airing for 15 years.

Launching on Valentines Day 2003, Channel U – later known as Channel AKA – broadcast visuals to the nation that recorded the start of the UK Grime scene, fuelling the musical career development of early talent such as N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Kano and Wretch 32.

This February saw the release of the much anticipated “Home Invasion: The Story Of Channel U” documentary.

Long-running online entertainment and talent channel Link Up TV produced the visuals to tell the story of how the satellite channel rose to become an institution of British rap and grime culture and how this paved the way for artists, producers, videographers, managers and creators alike to form solid careers.

“Home Invasion: The Story Of Channel U” runs for just under two hours, is a Link Up TV Originals production and has captured the essence of the community built around it and how Black British music rose to the forefront of popular music.

The documentary pieces together stories of Channel U’s humble beginning to its unfortunate demise whilst providing lovely moments of nostalgia through some of the most classic Grime/Hip Hop songs and the best of British rap videos produced in its time.

I’ve watched the documentary twice already, intently and I couldn’t be happier to have experienced something that brought together a passionate community and gave such a sense of a shared identity, and made me feel as if I had been part of something a lot larger than anyone could’ve imagined.

A brilliant documentary well done by Rashid Kasirye, Elliot Speed, Tadas Vanagas, Tevyn Morris, Lewis Newman and everyone involved with this Link Up TV Originals production.

Watch the “Home Invasion: The Story Of Channel U” documentary above and drop a comment to let me know your fave bits!

Stay safe and take care,

Sammi xx

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