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Steve McQueen to Helm BBC Drama about the Black Experience in Britain

Helmer will look at life in Britain 'with an unblinking eye'

LONDON — Steve McQueen, the helmer of awards front-runner “12 Years a Slave,” is to make a drama series for the BBC exploring the black experience in Britain.

McQueen will bring together a group of actors for a series of workshops to develop the series, which will be set in West London, where he was born, from the late Sixties to the present day, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

“I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” McQueen told the Daily Mail.

The drama, which will be “epic in scope,” will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014.

McQueen said he will spend the next year or so developing the idea with a writer and actors. Scripts for the series could be ready to film by next year.

He would look at life in Britain for the black man and woman “with an unblinking eye.”

The project will be produced by Rainmark Films, the indie shingle behind Emmy-winning drama “Churchill: Into the Storm.”

“It is incredibly exciting to be working with this hugely talented British director who has rapidly become one of the finest directors in the world,” BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson said.

McQueen is also reportedly working on a HBO drama with See-Saw Films, the production company behind “The King’s Speech,” that will explore a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society.

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