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London, 1971. In an age of open racism, fervent nationalism and anti-establishment passion, two politically engaged and idealistic young lovers, Marcus Hill and Jas Mitra, fight back ... See full summary »


John Ridley


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Episode credited cast:
Idris Elba ... Kent
Mark Kempson Mark Kempson ... Prison Warden
Babou Ceesay ... Marcus Hill
Freida Pinto ... Jas Mitra
Nathaniel Martello-White ... Dhari Bishop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Admassie Lee Admassie ... Man in the restaurant getting arrested
Zawe Ashton ... Omega Christine Moore
Helen Austin ... News Presenter - Victoria
David Olawale Ayinde ... Baptist Congregation Member
Sophia Brown ... Christine
Steve Brunton Steve Brunton ... Police Officer
Bern Collaço ... Indian Counter Protestor
Steven I. Dillard ... Rhodesian Man
Andrew Dunkelberger Andrew Dunkelberger ... National Front Member
Eddie Elks ... Brian


London, 1971. In an age of open racism, fervent nationalism and anti-establishment passion, two politically engaged and idealistic young lovers, Marcus Hill and Jas Mitra, fight back against the injustice and deep-rooted prejudice they face on a daily basis. But, unbeknownst to them, they are being targeted by Special Branch's Black Power Desk, led by police officer DCI Nicholas Pence and his deputy, Cullen. Written by AnonymousB

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16 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Episode 1
15 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Written and directed by John Ridley, who won an Oscar as the writer of 12 Years as a Slave, is this fictionalised account of the black activist movement in early 1970s Britain.

I have to add at this juncture something very important about violent activists in Britain or Europe in the 1970s. They were not black or Asian, they were white. In Britain more specifically it was the IRA and its mainland bombing campaign which lasted for over two decades.

The first episode concentrates on a couple who are romantically attached and share the same radical black politics. Marcus (Babou Ceesay) is an unemployed black English teacher. Jas (Freida Pinto) is an Indian nurse who becomes more militant. She plots to free from Wormwood Scrubs a charismatic black leader called Bishop. She also spends time with her ex boyfriend, Kent (Idris Elba) reluctant to get involved in violent protests.

The most vile scenes involve Special Branch Officer Pence (Rory Kinnear) who is involved in the police brutally killing a black activist in a National Front march. We later see Pence sleeping with his black informer lady friend.

Some of the events depicted in the first episode were not too far removed from the BBC drama from 2016, Undercover. It is a surprise to see Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch) hyping up this drama. If this was shown by the BBC, newspapers such as The Sun (owned by Rupert Murdoch) would had criticised the BBC for being politically correct and displaying the police force in a poor light.

Despite Elba and Ridley attached to the series, I thought the first episode took a while to get going, police violence on black Britons is not new and the episode looked rather cheap with too many close up shots for those outdoor scenes. It actually did not feel like an early 1970s set drama.

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