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New Details Emerge About Steve McQueen’s BBC Series

New Details Emerge About Steve McQueen's BBC Series

We’ve known for a little while now that Steve McQueen has been developing a miniseries over at BBC. The only available details had been that the show would track the lives of black Britons living in West London from 1968 onwards. However, a few new bits of information have arrived, and it looks like the show will be tackling some very timely subject matter.

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Attending the Guardian Edinburgh Interational TV Festival, BBC One exec Charlotte Moore revealed that McQueen’s six-part project will kick off with infamous Rivers Of Blood” speech by in 1968 by Conservative politician Enoch Powell. In it, he railed against immigration and anti-discrimination laws in Great Britain, and his views stated therein are a close cousin to what Donald Trump is currently espousing in his campaign for president. Anyway, McQueen’s show will center around The Mangrove, the restaurant located in Notting Hill which was a hub of activist activity and the focus of police attention: in 1969, authorities tried to shut the Mangrove down, and arrested nine people during protests, who quickly became known as the “Mangrove Nine.”

This is some great material for a dramatic series, and with production slated to begin next spring, we’re eager to see who comes on board this one. [Deadline

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