“Shame” and “12 Years a Slave” writer/director Steve McQueen is coming to television with new details released by the BBC about his upcoming and still untitled six-part series for BBC1.
The event series will follow a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning at the moment of Enoch Powell’s notorious “rivers of blood” speech in 1968. It will show how their lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite an often hostile environment.
A restaurant in Ladbroke Grove called the Mangrove will serve in the story as a place of camaraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community – and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance.
In a statement, McQueen says: “These stories are passionate, personal and unique. They are testimony to the truth of real lives and urgently need to be told. This is about a legacy which has not only made my life as an artist possible, but also has shaped the Britain that we live in today.”
Source: The BBC