The remake of ‘Roots’, the 1977 classic TV series, has returned to our screens.
The adaptation of Alex Haley’s original 1976 novel, charts the journey of Kunta Kinte, played by up-and-comer Malachi Kirby. Through Kinte, the show paints a portrait of American slavery and its devastating consequences. America’s darkest period of history is revealed with unabashed honesty.
After being captured and sold into slavery, ‘Roots’ follows the journey of true courage in the face of countless hardships. Kinte’s character is a proud and educated man who uses these traits to empower himself and the slaves around him. While enslaved, he encourages his peers to fight for freedom. He continually dreams of escaping and turning to his family and his homeland.
The unwavering determination to remember, and stay to true to his roots, proved popular with original audiences. The 1977 series was, at one point, the second most watched US TV show.
The new mini-series also stars Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne as Haley. Grammy nominee Anika Noni Rose stars as Kunta’s daughter, Kizzy, who is bought by Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stars as slave musician Fiddler, who mentors Kunta.
8 February 2017 saw the UK’s first TV air date. The show will be available to watch on BBC 4.