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BBC drama starring John Boyega and directed by Steve McQueen being filmed in Wolverhampton

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

A new BBC drama starring John Boyega and Letitia Wright has started filming in Wolverhampton.

Part of a BBC drama is being filmed at a home in Goldthorn Avenue in Wolverhampton.

The star studded cast features Star Wars' John Boyega and Black Panther's Letitia Wright, alongside Alex Jennings and Line of Duty actress Rochenda Sandall.

The period drama 'Small Axe', from Oscar and BAFTA winning writer and director Steve McQueen, will be a six part series telling five stories set within London's West Indian community.

Part of a BBC drama is being filmed at a home in Goldthorn Avenue in Wolverhampton.

McQueen has said Small Axe would be "local but at the same time global".

Spanning three decades, the story begins at the moment of Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968.

The series will tell the story of a residents in Ladbroke Grove who meet at a restaurant called The Mangrove which becomes a community space and as the years go on a meeting-point for protestors.

Part of a BBC drama is being filmed at a home in Goldthorn Avenue in Wolverhampton.

Filming began in London in June and the crew were spotted at a property in Goldthorn Avenue on Friday morning preparing the set.

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Production lorries and vans lined the usually quiet residential street, as well as gazebos which were pitched outside the home.

Members of the team were preparing the exterior of the property, by coating the PVC windows to age them, making them fit the period setting.

Part of a BBC drama is being filmed at a home in Goldthorn Avenue in Wolverhampton.

A number of retro cars were also spotted parked along the street which are going to be used as part of the production.

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A resident in Goldthorn Avenue, said: "It's been really exciting having a BBC series being filmed in our street, especially to see the classic cars my son has been really excited.

"It's nice to have something positive going on in Wolverhampton for a change."

Part of a BBC drama is being filmed at a home in Goldthorn Avenue in Wolverhampton.

McQueen, whose films include 12 Years A Slave and Widows, said he wanted to "re-live, re-evaluate and investigate the journeys that my parents and the first generation of West Indians went on".

The series will air on BBC One in 2020.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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