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Showtime purchases the popular BBC comedy “Dreaming While Black” from Big Deal Films and A24:

Dreaming Whilst Black, the BBC’s acclaimed new comedy that won a BAFTA, has been acquired by Showtime from Big Deal Films and A24.

The move is the most recent phase in the show’s climb. It began as a web series, then transitioned to a BBC pilot, then a series, and eventually was brought up by A24 for distribution over a period of years.

Adjani Salmon’s comedy on BBC Three has received rave reviews. It follows Kwabena, an aspiring filmmaker stuck in a dead-end job, as he pursues his dream of creating a TV show while facing challenges in finances, love, and reality. The series also delves into themes of racism, microaggressions, and elitism.

On September 8, the series will debut on Paramount+ with Showtime and have its linear debut two days later. It will join other Showtime UK shows, including We Hunt Together and Episodes.

Speaking to Deadline, Dreaming EP Dhanny Joshi praised Euphoria producer A24 for “encouraging Adjani to be the truest version of himself” and Bal Samra of Bizet Media for helping his independent Big Deal “navigate the marketplace and meet potential partners.”

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