“As the BBC faces an uncertain future with the government assessing its remit, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore touted the channel’s record breaking year this morning in Edinburgh, and unveiled an upcoming slate of dramas. Moore is in town for the Guardian Edinburgh Interational TV Festival where she spilled details on the previously mooted Steve McQueen-created drama, as well as a new musical drama that incorporates the anthems of Motown, and a one-off adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The 12 Years A Slave helmer’s untitled six-part drama will tell the stories of a West Indian community in London whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will. Beginning in 1968 and running through the 80s, it starts at the moment of Enoch Powell’s notorious River of Blood speech. In the same year, a small restaurant called The Mangrove opens in Ladbroke Grove; a place of cameraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community — and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance. Rainmark Films is producing for BBC One with cast and timeline to come.
McQueen calls the stories “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…”