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Roots

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Juffere, West Africa, 1767 - young, proud Kunta Kinte is being initiated as a Mandinka warrior and ready to start thinking about his future. But a feud with a rival family results in him being kidnapped and sold to English slave traders, who are in the business of transporting shiploads of enslaved Africans to America to be sold. Following an attempted rebellion onboard the ship, Kunta is eventually brought to Maryland, where he is purchased by Virginia tobacco baron John Waller. But the young warrior's indomitable spirit is not ready to be subjugated. Show less

Contributors

Kunta Kinte:
Malachi Kirby
Alex Haley/Narrator:
Laurence Fishburne
Silla Ba Dibba:
Derek Luke
Kintango:
Chris Obi
John Waller:
James Purefoy
Elizabeth Waller:
Katie McGuinness
Connelly:
Tony Curran
Dr William Waller:
Matthew Goode
Ephraim:
LeVar Burton
Director:
Phillip Noyce
Executive Producer:
Barry Jossen
Executive Producer:
Lawrence Konner
Executive Producer:
Will Packer
Executive Producer:
Mark Rosenthal
Executive Producer:
Marc Toberoff
Executive Producer:
Mark M Wolper
Producer:
Ann Kindberg
Producer:
Cheryl Eatock

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