Details for ‘12 Years A Slave’ director Steve McQueen’s BBC series revealed

It’s been a long time since we last heard about 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen’s plans for his BBC TV project. BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and McQueen finally gave more details today at the Guardians Edinburgh TV Festival.

According to Deadline, the series still doesn’t have a title, but it will run six parts. It will follow the West Indian Community in London from the 1960s to the 1980s, kicking off with British politician Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech from 1968.

“These stories are passionate, personal and unique,” McQueen said at the festival, reports The Guardian. “They are testimony to the truth of real lives and urgently need to be told. This is about a legacy which has not only made my life as an artist possible, but also has shaped the Britain that we live in today.”

The project was first announced in January 2014. He is also developing Codes of Conduct for HBO, which will star Rebecca Hall and Helena Bonham Carter.

McQueen has directed three films - Hunger, Shame and 12 Years A Slave. He won an Oscar for co-producing 12 Years A Slave.

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