Amazon Boards Steve McQueen’s West Indian BBC Series — One Problem: He Hates TV

IndieWire | 6/26/2019 | Staff
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Amazon Studios has come onboard the upcoming BBC drama from “Widows” director Steve McQueen, according to Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals at the streaming platform, speaking at the House of Lords’ Communications Committee discussion on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.

Although what specific territories the deal for the six-part series covers isn’t clear.

Drama - Stories - West - Experience - UK

The drama, which will tell stories of the West Indian experience in the UK, will follow a group of friends and their families over a period of almost 50 years, from 1968 to 2014.

It will begin at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968, when a small restaurant called The Mangrove opens in Ladbroke Grove, a place of camaraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community — and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance.

Enoch - Powell - Right-winger - Speech - Government

Enoch Powell was an English right-winger who gave a hard-hitting speech attacking the government’s immigration policy that year. Addressing a Conservative association meeting in Birmingham, Powell said Britain had to be crazy to allow 50,000 immigrants each year into the country. As a result, there were calls for an immediate reduction in immigration and the implementation of a Conservative policy of “encouragement” of those already in the UK, to return home.

“In this country in 15 or 20 years’ time, the black man will have the whip hand over the white man,” Powell said; “Like the Roman, I seem to see the river Tiber foaming with much blood.”

Fears - Xenophobia - West - Today - Series

His fears very much echo the xenophobia that much of the West is witnessing today, making the series quite timely.

“I don’t think there has been...
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