Told in real time, “Hijack” is a tense thriller that follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers.
Aphrodite was made famous back in the day for performing THE timeless love song of the era. The song that everyone plays at their weddings, in every sappy commercial for diamonds or rings or puppies or soldiers coming home. It made her a ton of money, but Aphrodite HATES this song. She’s now the meanest judge on Pop The Question but her life changes when Brianna, becomes the breakthrough contestant, exuding love and purity.
When Aphrodite reluctantly becomes her mentor, she does everything possible to steer her away from love and love anthems and so is visited by three spirits who take Aphrodite on a journey through love (and Christmas) past, present and future to try and shake her out of her funk and let love back in!
Concrete Cowboy follows 15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when his mother sends him to live with his estranged father, Harp (Elba). Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Clifford “Method Man” Smith also star in the film, which is based on the real-life horsemen of North Philadelphia and the award-winning novel “Ghetto Cowboy” by Greg Neri.
Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s electrifying blend of drama, music and dance follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action.
It’s just 12 hours from London to his parents’ homeland, but to Kaleo (Alfred Enoch), South Africa is another world. A family tragedy finally forces him to visit for the first time – and as he takes his journey of healing, Kaleo must confront hidden histories and right the wrongs of the past. But first, he must face the present: a shattered family, fighting to hold on to what they believe is theirs, in a nation haunted by the ghosts of its own turbulent past.
Tree is an exhilarating show about identity, family and belonging, seen through the eyes of a man on the toughest journey of his life.
A down-and-out DJ plots to rebuild his music career while working as a nanny for his famous best friend’s wild 11-year-old daughter.
Created by and starring Idris Elba and inspired by his own 1980s inner-city London childhood, In the Long Run is a funny, warm-hearted portrait of a West African family making ends meet in Thatcher-era Britain.
Walter (Idris Elba) and Agnes (Madeline Appiah) came to London from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and now live a quiet life with their son Kobna. But when Walter’s brother, Valentine (jimmy Akinbola), comes to stay, his exuberance and lust for life changes everything. Also starring comedy legend Bill Bailey as Walter’s neighbour and workmate Bagpipes, In The Long Run is a story about family, community and what home really means.
Walter Easmon has been elected as a union representative at the factory and is thrown into the deep end when he’s forced to tackle a very slippery negotiation that tests his resolve. Alongside colleagues Bagpipes and Rajesh they are set to go on strike to save their jobs. Meanwhile Walter’s wife, Agnes looks to kick start her career with a new role at the local council. Kirsty (Kellie Shirley) and Bagpipes also face a new challenge with the arrival of Leon - the biological father of their daughter Melissa. And for Valentine, who has finally moved out of the Easmon’s home, bachelor life is not what he thought it would be.
The third series of this semi-autobiographical Sky One comedy, loosely based on Idris’ own childhood, sees the welcome arrival of Walter’s mum from Sierra Leone with Walter desperate to impress. Bagpipes has a near death experience that makes him question the meaning of life. Valentine finally finds love and Kirsty sets up her own catering business all while Agnes gets suspicious as some developers start taking an interest in the Eastbridge Estate, threatening the very existence of the community.
Oscar winner John Ridley’s story of two lovers taking a stand amid the racial struggle of 1970s London.
BBC Three's five by five, a series of short films from new writers, featuring new and established on-screen talent working side by side.
Five writers. Five characters. One story.
In a city of millions, teenager Ash (Michael Ajao) is lost. He wants to be the big man, but reality doesn’t quite deliver. A chance encounter leads him to make a dangerous decision, starting a chain reaction that plays out across these five connected short films.
As Ash faces down some vengeful bullies he interrupts Chloe’s (Georgina Campbell) romantic plans. Her target, Lucas, (Ben Tavassoli) is bewildered and seeks solace with Jules (Nina Yndis), a bored waitress. Jules ignores her customer Janine (Ruth Madeley), who breaks the law but escapes the attention of cop Michael (Sope Dirisu) - who encounters a badly beaten Ash, in need of help but unable to ask for it.
Ash’s choice started it all. Michael’s decision to intervene or walk away will end it.
Written and directed by Idris Elba, this intimate drama, inspired by his own school days in east London, tells the story of a young boy's nervous first steps into a new school.
This Playhouse Presents short inspired the series ‘In The Long Run’.