Black Earth Rising

Confirmed for BBC Two on 10 September at 9pm to 10pm

Ep 1/8

Monday 10 September



Black Earth Rising is a brand new international thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa written, directed and produced by Bafta-winner Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line).

As a child, Kate Ashby (Michaela Coel) was rescued from the horrific aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She was adopted and brought up in Britain by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter), a world-class international human rights lawyer.

Kate, who has long struggled to escape the shadow of her past, is now returning to work as a legal investigator in the same chambers as Eve, under leading international lawyer Michael Ennis (John Goodman).

But Kate and Eve’s relationship is strained to breaking point when Eve takes on the prosecution of a controversial militia leader at the International Criminal Court. The accused man, who once fought to stop the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, now stands accused of committing crimes against humanity.