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Madiba review – Nelson Mandela miniseries almost lives up to the legend

1 February 2017 7:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Kevin Hooks’s sprawling life story tries to load as much as it can into its three episodes starring Laurence Fishburne, but its completist approach feels thin

Trying to capture the essence of Nelson Mandela on screen is a tough gig. Just ask Idris Elba. In fact, for American or British actors, trying to do justice to any African leader or public figure can prove to be a surefire way for critics to question your likeness (or lack of it), strange-mannered accent and motives in portraying a continent’s most beloved sons. After Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover and Sidney Poitier, Laurence Fishburne is the next actor in the Madiba hot seat, playing Mandela from his mid-20s all the way up to his later years in a three-part miniseries. It’s part of Bet’s black history month offering and sees the channel expand from their usual entertainment brief and »

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‘Madiba’ Review: Bet’s Nelson Mandela Miniseries Is Powerful & Insightful

31 January 2017 3:21 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Just more than three years after his death, Nelson Mandela may still be too dominant, too regal and too multi-faceted a figure of history for any one book, film or television miniseries to grasp. But Bet's Lawrence Fishburne-starring Madiba certainly makes a powerful and often successful effort out of the task. Debuting tomorrow and running February 8 and February 15, the Kevin Hooks-directed Madiba, shot in South Africa, has its flaws. But, as I say in my video review… »

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