with my two teenage kids. Kunte Kinte / Toby was coming to the end of his days and Chicken George was just about to go off cock fighting. They were mildly shocked by the language being used as the "N" word was used so much. I told them that when it was first broadcast that kind of thing was commonplace and no-one batted an eyelid but the series was good for dealing with peoples views of black people especially in the North East.
I then said to them that when the series first aired I had hardly ever seen a black man in "real life". They thought I was taking the piss
The first black people I can remember seeing were Pedro Richards and Tristram Benjamin who played for Notts County at Roker Park. I was about twelve and right at the front of the clockstand paddocks. The ball came to me and I threw it back to Pedro and he said cheers mate, I was fascinated seeing a blackman so close and he spoke to me
Even when I moved south to go to University it was a culture shock to see so many blacks and Asians in the streets. My kids couldn't believe it but it's amazing how this factor of life has changed so quickly.