We’ve been spoilt this summer working on some stunning dramas that are coming to your screens in the very near future. TX date still to be announced but here is all you need to know about the new series. Black Earth Rising! Starring the fantastic John Goodman and Michaela Coel.
Synopsis C/O Radio Times
The drama follows Kate Ashby, a woman who, as a young child, was rescued during the Rwandan genocide and brought to Britain.
Her adoptive mother Eve Ashby is a world class British prosecutor in international criminal law, and now Kate has followed in her footsteps – working as a legal investigator in the law chambers of Michael Ennis.
But when Eve prosecutes an African militia leader at the International Criminal Court, the story takes an unexpected turn for everyone involved.
According to the BBC, Black Earth Rising will explore “issues of justice, guilt and self-determination” across Europe, the UK, Africa and the USA.
Writer and director Hugo Blick said: “‘The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.’ I was never quite sure exactly what this famous quote meant but by following the fictional journey of a young black British woman on an epic and deeply personal quest to bring a Rwandan genocidaire to legal justice – now I do.
“And now I know just how critical, difficult and terrifying that phrase can seem to anyone in pursuit, and denial, of international criminal justice”.
Chewing Gum creator and star Michaela Coel plays Kate and is joined by The Crown’s Harriet Walter as Eve and John Goodman (Roseanne) as Michael Ennis.
The lead cast are joined by Paapa Essiedu (Kiri), Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter & the Cursed Child), Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Devil’s Advocate), Lucian Msamati (Taboo, Kiri) and Abena Ayivor (A United Kingdom).