Roots [documentary]

Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.

For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.

For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.