Channel 4 is bringing Empire to the UK in Spring

UK fans can finally watch the hit soap ‘legally’ thanks to Channel 4

There’s scarcely any black Brit who hasn’t at least heard of Fox Networks Empire. Many have already sampled the hit hip hop drama online through ‘various means’ we wish not to go into, with the result that many are now addicted to the programme already.

Now the show is coming to the UK courtesy of Channel 4 who won the rights to the programme after a huge bidding war.

The show launched in America in January and has since proved to be a hit with American audiences, steadily increasing viewership with each episode. It also became the first show to pull in over 12 million viewers for its finale in March since Grey’s Anatomy in 2006.

The story revolves around the life of hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) who has to decide which of his very different three sons should inherit his vast wealth after being diagnosed with ALS. Queue drama inspired by the real life experiences of African American talents in the entertainment industry, plus a banging soundtrack created by acclaimed music producer Timbaland.


The drama is switched on a notch with the colourful characters of Taraji P. Henson who plays ‘Cookie’, Lyons’  ex wife and Grace Gealey (Anika Calhoun), his ex fiancée.


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