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Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol

Follows Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees, as he and the city respond to the extraordinary events which followed the toppling of the Colston Statue last summer.

On Sunday 7th June 2020, sparked by the horrific murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protestors marching to support the Black Lives Matter movement tore down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in the city’s harbour.

This dramatic action in Bristol thrust the city onto the global stage and put it at the forefront of last summer's bitter culture wars.

Caught in the eye of this storm was Bristol’s mayor Marvin Rees, the first directly elected mayor of Black African heritage of a major European city.

Born and bred in Bristol and himself a descendant of enslaved people, how would he hold the city together in the face of rising tensions that threaten to explode into violent confrontation?

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 30 Jun 2021 00:15

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Fort Knox Five

    The Wonder Strikes Again


Role Contributor
Narrator Noma Dumezweni
Director Francis Welch
Production Manager Rainier Chapman
Executive Producer Mike Smith
Executive Producer David Olusoga
Executive Producer Clare Paterson
Production Company Uplands Television


  • Thu 10 Jun 2021 21:00
  • Tue 15 Jun 2021 23:30
  • Wed 30 Jun 2021 00:15

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