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Luther star Idris Elba doesn’t just star in TV shows these days; he makes them too. His latest, a collaboration with the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley, is called Guerrilla – and a poster released yesterday (March 9) confirmed it will burst onto our screens in April.

(Image: Showtime)
(Image: Showtime)

If you’re picking up a distinctly retro feel from the poster, then your instincts are spot on. Guerrilla is set in 1970s London, when sideburns were long and moustaches handlebar-y, and altercations between the police and black activists were at an all-time high.

It’s an aspect of British history that’s not often seen on screen, and in a behind-the-scenes video also released yesterday, Idris explained that’s exactly what drew him to the show:

“When you think about civil rights,” he said, “you think about the Black Panthers, you think about America. Well, in England, in the 1970s, there was a smaller, similar movement. It was far from easy if you were Indian, or black, and I think Guerrilla attempts to show you what that fight was about.”

Idris plays Kent, a second-generation Brit dedicated to achieving equality for black people in the U.K. through peaceful and intellectual methods. And yes, that’s Penny Dreadful‘s Rory Kinnear and Line of Duty‘s Daniel Mays as two police officers.

But at the show’s heart is a couple, played by Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Babou Ceesay (Rogue One), whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell.

The cast is certainly top-notch, the trailer gripping, and a recent review called it a “serious contender for best TV drama of 2017.”

Are you adding this to your must-watch list?

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Filed Under: Guerrilla, Idris Elba
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.