Ackee and Saltfish has created an established platform for itself on the BBC online stage. Having gained a greatly received audience on Youtube, the show is now reaching new public appeal and a new found fan base.
For those who are unfamiliar with the show Ackee and Saltfish, please note that the actual show has nothing at all to do with the famous Caribbean dish. Instead it’s an entertaining collective between two girls named Olivia and Rachel who are played by Michelle Tiwo and Vanessa Babirye who share a rather engaging and endearing relationship that Is also richly entertaining and laugh out loud funny to watch. With its short and snappy yet natural comedic flow, Ackee and Saltfish offers a colourful insight into the lives of best friends who share great alluring conversation and familiar London banter.
Ackee and Saltfish was created by director and writer Cecile Emeke who one day had a craving for some delicious ackee and sailfish but due to gentrification that is taking place within London she was unable to satisfy her cravings and find an authentic caribbean eatery. Cecile then decided to create a short film based on her experience using characters Olivia and Rachel. From here it was developed into the web series that we now know as Ackee and Saltfish.
Ackee and Saltfish is most definitely an entertaining watch, it is fantastically encouraging to see two beautiful black women on screen that share amazing chemistry and quick witted, comical friendship something that many of us can relate to. To add to this the mies-en-scene is captivating and the attire in which Olivia and Rachel wear is alluring and great to see. You can watch the first episode on BBC iPlayer now here.