BLACK Earth Rising, one of the BBC’s flagship shows from its autumn schedule, is up and running.
The show stars one of Hollywood’s biggest names. Here’s the lowdown on the series and when you can catch it.
When does Black Earth Rising start?
The eight-part series continues on BBC Two on Monday, October 8, at 9pm.
Tonight’s episode is the fifth in the eight-part series.
Although it will be aired on BBC Two, Netflix own the global rights.
The first trailer promised an intense, thought-provoking experience starring John Goodman.
If you miss an episode you can always catch up on BBC iPlayer.
Who is in the cast with John Goodman?
Michaela is a British actress from Aldgate, east London.
She was born in October 1987 – making her 30.
Michaela’s parents are Ghanaian and she has revealed she was the only black girl in her year at school and dealt with her isolation by bullying others.
She began performing poetry at open mic gigs from 2006 and had early success with her play Chewing Gum Dreams.
Other stage roles followed including Medea at the Olivier Theatre and she also won a BAFTA for writing Chewing Gum, a spin-off of her play.
Other notable roles include a part in the Black Mirror episode USS Callister and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Harriet is an English stage and screen actress born in September 1950 – making her 67.
On her father’s side, she is a great-great-great-granddaughter of John Walter, founder of The Times.
She has worked prolifically with the RSC and her films include Sense and Sensibility, The Governess, and Bright Young Things.
TV work includes The Crown and Downton Abbey.
Dame Harriet is married to American actor Guy Schuessler.
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What’s Black Earth Rising about?
The drama tackles the prosecution of international war crimes and the contentious issue of the West’s relationship with Africa.
The drama, from BAFTA-winning writer Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman), stars Coel as Kate Ashby, who was rescued as a young child during the Rwandan genocide and brought to Britain.
According to the BBC, Black Earth Rising will explore “issues of justice, guilt and self-determination” across Europe, the UK, Africa, and the USA.