Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe-winning director Steve McQueen is the big name behind this new BBC series. Small Axe is a collection of five films set between the 60s and the 80s in London’s West Indian community. They’ll drop weekly on Sundays from 15th November to 13th December. First up is Mangrove, which sees restaurant owner Frank peacefully protesting racist police raids on the community in 1970. When some of the protesters are arrested, a highly publicised trial ensues. The second film, Lovers Rock, is set a decade later and takes its name from the style of romantic reggae that soundtracked the house parties young black people threw when they couldn’t get into white nightclubs. In the final film, Red, White and Blue, John Boyega (Star Wars) is a naïve young man who believes he can overthrow systemic racism from within.
Available from 15th November