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The true story of the Mangrove restaurant, a lively community hub in London’s Notting Hill that was the subject of relentless police raids during the 1970s and a consequent trial.

Mangrove tells the true story of Frank Crichlow, whose West Indian restaurant Mangrove, a lively community hub in London’s Notting Hill, attracted locals, activists, intellectuals and artists.

In a time of blatant racial discrimination, Crichlow finds himself and his drug-free business the brunt of relentless police raids. In a bid to stop the discrimination and ruination of their community base, Frank and his friends take to the streets in peaceful protest in 1970, only to be met by police aggression.

As a result, nine men and women, including Frank, leader of the British Black Panther movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe and activist Darcus Howe, are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot and affray. A highly publicised trial ensues.

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2 hours, 6 minutes

Audio described

Last on

Sun 15 Nov 2020 21:00


Music Played

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

  • 00:12

    Jim Reeves

    I Love You Because

  • 00:17

    Toots & The Maytals

    Monkey Man

  • 00:40

    Harry J. Allstars


  • 01:11

    Toots & The Maytals

    Fifty Four Forty Six Was My Number

  • 01:19

    Toots & The Maytals

    Revival Reggae

  • 01:28


    Skinhead Moonstomp

  • 02:03

    Toots & The Maytals

    Pressure Drop


Role Contributor
Frank Crichlow Shaun Parkes
Darcus Howe Malachi Kirby
Altheia Jones-LeCointe Letitia Wright
Barbara Beese Rochenda Sandall
Ian Macdonald Jack Lowden
Judge Edward Clarke Alex Jennings
Writer Alastair Siddons
Writer Steve McQueen
Director Steve McQueen


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