Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen and James Rogan are set to direct and executive produce the three-part series Uprising for BBC1.
The 3 x 60-minute series will examine three events from 1981: when the New Cross Fire killed 13 Black teenagers in January; Black People’s Day of Action in March, which saw more than 20,000 people join the first organized mass protest by Black British people; and the Brixton riots in April.
Uprising will reveal how these three events intertwined and how, in the process, race relations were defined for a generation.
It is produced by Rogan Productions, Lammas Park and Turbine Studios.
In addition to McQueen (pictured) and Rogan, Nancy Bornat, Soleta Rogan, Tracey Scoffield, Anna Smith Tenser and David Tanner are executive producers. Helen Bart is series producer.
Commissioning editors are Sillery and Carl Callam.
“It is an honor to make these films with testimonials from the survivors, investigators, activists and representatives of the machinery of state. We can only learn if we look at things through the eyes of everyone concerned; the New Cross Fire passed into history as a tragic footnote, but that event and its aftermath can now be seen as momentous events in our nation’s history,” McQueen said in a statement.
McQueen’s credits include scripted films Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave — which won three Oscars, including best picture — and Widows, in addition to the BBC1 and Amazon anthology series Small Axe.
Rogan, creative director of Rogan Productions, directed and executive produced the BBC1 landmark series Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation and executive produced the Bafta-nominated Putin: A Russian Spy Story for Channel 4.
He is also a director on the upcoming eight-part series 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything for Apple TV+.