Red, White And Blue: John Boyega and Letitia Wright star in Steve McQueen's new BBC drama

'Red, White And Blue' is an hour-long special by Steve McQueen

Red, White And Blue
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The best thing about Autumn has got to be all the exciting new TV that comes along with it, the latest being a gripping new real-life BBC drama by none other than Steve McQueen - Red, White And Blue.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Widows and 12 Years A Slave has teamed up with the broadcaster for the making of Red, White And Blue, a real-life drama about Black British police officer Leroy Logan. 

John Boyega at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 After Party

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Set in the 1980s, the story follows Logan who is played by Star Wars actor and national treasure John Boyega. Logan abandons  his career in research science to join the police force after his father is brutally beaten up by racist police officers in an attempt to stop police brutality towards not only his family, but Black people in Britain. 

Letitia Wright at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards

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The hour-long drama was filmed during the height of this year's Black Lives Matter movement and speaking to Indie Wire, McQueen said:  “Obviously, the films were made when all these things happened. I was very passionate about it.”

The short film is the third of five instalment in McQueen’s “Small Axe” series with BBC films, an initiative launched to explores racial issues specific to the UK.

“It started as a TV series,” he revealed. “But as I developed it, I came to realise that these stories needed to be standalone films. For me, they became individual stories. But obviously they’re linked, and the connective tissue is the Black British experience, the Black Indian experience. These are historical pieces that we need to come to light.”

Boyega stars in the drama alongside Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Malachi Kirby, so it's safe to say he's got good company. 

Red, White And Blue is set to air on BBC One later this year.