Steve McQueen Director, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is developing a BBC drama billed as “epic in scope”, taking in the experiences of the black community in west London from the late 1960s to the present.
McQueen, who was born in west London, told Friday’s Daily Mail that the drama will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in the area from 1968.
“I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” he told the paper.
He said the drama will be “epic in scope” and planned to hold a series of workshops with actors to develop the concept. It could be filmed in 2015.
Talk of an ambitious drama following a group of friends from the 1960s to the present day inevitably brings to mind Peter Flannery’s Our Friends in the North.
McQueen admitted to the Daily Mail it was an “interesting comparison”, but added: “This isn’t a black Our Friends in the North.”
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson confirmed that the corporation was working with McQueen and independent producer Rainmark Films on the “major drama” project.
“It is too early to announce the details, but it is incredibly exciting to be working with the hugely talented British director who has rapidly become one of the finest directors in the world,” Stephenson said.