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Black Earth Rising 

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Kate Ashby was rescued as a child from the Rwandan genocide by her renowned international lawyer adopted mother Eve. Living in London and working for barrister Michael Ennis, Kate's mother ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
John Goodman ...  Michael Ennis 8 episodes, 2018
Michaela Coel ...  Kate Ashby 8 episodes, 2018
Noma Dumezweni ...  Alice Munezero 7 episodes, 2018
Lucian Msamati ...  David Runihura 6 episodes, 2018
Tyrone Huggins Tyrone Huggins ...  Patrice Ganimana 5 episodes, 2018
Tamara Tunie ...  Eunice Clayton 5 episodes, 2018
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ...  Nkanza a Nkanga 5 episodes, 2018
Treva Etienne ...  Frank Munezero 5 episodes, 2018
Malou Coindreau ...  Hana Ennis 5 episodes, 2018
Emmanuel Imani ...  Florence Karamera 5 episodes, 2018
Abena Ayivor ...  President Bibi Mundanzi 4 episodes, 2018
Adrian Schiller ...  Daniel Drewe 4 episodes, 2018
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ...  Zava Zand 4 episodes, 2018
Michael Gould Michael Gould ...  Harper Hopkinson 4 episodes, 2018
Ronald Guttman ...  Jacques Antoine Barre 3 episodes, 2018
Julian Glover ...  Mark Viner 3 episodes, 2018
Timothy Walker ...  Richard Ratzenburger 3 episodes, 2018
Nancy Crane ...  Judge Deborah Hewitt 3 episodes, 2018
Serge Hazanavicius ...  Marc Previeau 3 episodes, 2018
Harriet Walter ...  Eve Ashby 2 episodes, 2018
Danny Sapani ...  General Simon Nyamoya 2 episodes, 2018
Pascal Laurent Pascal Laurent ...  Father Patenaude 2 episodes, 2018
Zaris-Angel Hator Zaris-Angel Hator ...  Young Kate 2 episodes, 2018
Tom Pande Tom Pande ...  Ed Holt 2 episodes, 2018
James Lailey James Lailey ...  Michael's Surgeon / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Hugo Blick Hugo Blick ...  Blake Gaines 2 episodes, 2018
Olivier Rabourdin ...  Brigadier General Lesage 2 episodes, 2018
Aure Atika ...  Sophie Barré 2 episodes, 2018
Nyasha Hatendi ...  Godwin Hall 2 episodes, 2018
Wale Ojo ...  Dr. Emmanuel Musoni 2 episodes, 2018
Richard Dixon ...  Fred Sturridge 2 episodes, 2018
Martin Bassindale Martin Bassindale ...  Peter 2 episodes, 2018
Françoise Lebrun ...  Madame Patenaude 2 episodes, 2018
Kathryn Hunter ...  Capi Petridis 2 episodes, 2018
Mimi Ndiweni ...  Mary Mundanzi 2 episodes, 2018
Philip Arditti ...  Colonel Colbert 2 episodes, 2018


Kate Ashby was rescued as a child from the Rwandan genocide by her renowned international lawyer adopted mother Eve. Living in London and working for barrister Michael Ennis, Kate's mother takes on a case involving an African militia leader which will upend both their lives forever. Written by Tom Daly

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25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Ghana See more »

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The actor playing the vile attorney Blake Gaines is also the series writer and director. Furthermore he is the original Jack Napier, aka the Joker, from the 1989 Batman movie, that kills Batman parents whilst epically asking the young Batman:"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? ". See more »

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Brilliant yet maddening
3 November 2018 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Hugo Blick is arguably the most ambitious writer of television drama in Britain today, and he certainly restates his case with 'Black Earth Rising', his latest work, which is by turns brilliant, intelligent and maddening. The series touches upon an immensely difficult subject - the Rwandan genocide - and amazingly manages to give mass murder a delicate, nuanced treatment without hiding from the horror. The acting and direction are also first rate. And yet, I found the central character deeply unappealing (though impressively portrayed by Michaela Coel), a person who demands the right to set the terms of debate with an inner sense of absolute moral certainty. Blick's script allows for the fact that she might be a difficult person to be around; but not that she might be wrong. And if part of Blick's skill is to distill huge issues into personal dramas, there are perhaps unintended side effects, most obviously that the fate of a country seems to be in the hands of a handful of people, all of whom know each other extremely closely, but this goes uncommented upon. In some ways, these two issues coincide - that the good guys have the right to represent their nation is presented almost as a given. Yet while I can nitpick, it's a story that will remain in my mind long after countless police procedurals have been forgotten. It's worth your time.

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