Friday, December 04, 2009
'Small Island' - New 2 pt. BBC drama airs 6th December........
Adapted from Andrea Levy's award-winning and best-selling novel, Small Island is an epic love story about the determined pursuit of dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers.
Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, at a time when landlords put up signs declaring: "No Irish, no coloureds, no dogs", Small Island follows the interlocking lives of Londoner Queenie (Ruth Wilson) and her husband Bernard (Benedict Cumberbatch); Gilbert and Hortense (David Oyelowo and Naomie Harris), the young Jamaican couple who become their lodgers; and the handsome but mysterious Michael (Ashley Walters).
From the heat and hustle of life in Forties Jamaica to the devastation of London in The Blitz, Small Island is an ambitious yet personal tale that deftly touches on the weighty themes of empire, prejudice and war with a warm, uplifting generosity of spirit.
This two-part drama is written by Paula Milne (Endgame, The Virgin Queen) and Sarah Williams (Becoming Jane, The Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton).
Part 2 airs Sunday 13th Dec.