Guerrilla is set in London in the 1971 and explores the emerging civil rights movement and the orchestrated efforts to undermine and stop it. Written by Oscar winner John Ridley (Twelve Years a Slave) the story follows two lovers (Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay) who take a stand against racism and find themselves drawn into ever more militant form of protest.
It’s an interesting premise for a drama as this is a period in our cultural/national evolution that is conveniently overlooked. We Brits are uncomfortable about the racism of empire and even less prepared to acknowledge our more recent racist past. The early 1970s was a time of open discrimination, fervent nationalism and anti-establishment passion, a vocal and active civil rights movement with figures such as Tariq Ali, the late Darcus Howe and Linton Kwesi Johnson encouraging people to fight back against the injustice and deep-rooted prejudice they faced.
For people of a certain age, it is a story that encapsulates the militant spirit of the time, while for Millennials this will provide an eye-opening insight into the very real xenophobia and authoritarianism experienced by Britain’s black and Asian community only one generation ago.
Rory Kinnear and Daniel Mays play the detectives tasked with subverting the work of the movement, while Denise Gough, Nicholas Pinnock, Idris Elba and Nathaniel Martello-Whiteplay member of the radical underground cell.
Guerrilla – Thursday at 9.00pm on Sky Atlantic.