Academy Award winner John Ridley will write, direct and executive produce Guerrilla, a new six part series set to air on Sky Atlantic that centers on a couple whose passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy.
“I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion towards bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME.” – John Ridley
Luther star Idris Elba will co-star and serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two. Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history.
“It’s been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.” – Idris Elba
It tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
Whilst the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart Guerrilla is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.
“Rarely does a project pitch the personal and the political in such a flawless combination. Guerrilla presents characters you will fall in love with but also a world and a part of black British history that is rarely tackled in such a bold and compelling manner. We are so excited to add it to our slate of new dramas.” – Anne Mensah, Head of Drama for Sky
Production is set for late summer 2016 in London.