A new teaser and fresh pictures have been published by BBC One for the highly anticipated thriller Ridley Road, based on Jo Bloom’s critically acclaimed novel.
Featuring Rory Kinnear and Eddie Marsan, the series is set in a swinging 1960s London we’ve never seen: an East End world where fascism is on the rise. However, when Vivien Epstein’s sweetheart is in danger and she must go undercover to save him, Vivien is forced to go undercover with the Nazi’s for the benefit of her nation.
Sarah Solemani, who conducted a considerable study into the time, wrote the screenplay for the drama. This bond is tighter and more alive than we’d like to believe, Solemani said in a statement.
“The good news is that we have a long history of combating it. “Jo Bloom’s riveting book showed the darker side of London in the 1960s and the astounding contribution that the Jewish community made in the fight against racism,” says Bloom. Working with RED and the BBC to bring this little-known piece of British history to the screen is an honor for me, and I look forward to the future.”
One’s Ridley Road – When will it release?
According to recent BBC Press Office tweets indicating it’s “coming soon,” this series will most certainly be released later this year, if not sooner.
One’s Ridley Road – Who will be casting?
Agnes O’Casey, a rising talent, stars as Vivien. And Tracy Ann Oberman, formerly of EastEnders, stars as Soly Malinovsky and Nancy Malinovsky. The actress Tamzin Outhwaite portrays Barbara Watson, Rory Kinnear portrays Colin Jordan, and Gabriel Akuwudike plays Stevie. Danny Sykes, Samantha Spiro, and Hannah Traylen round out the cast.
One’s Ridley Road – What’s the plotline
‘Ridley Road’ tells the story of a Jewish British family’s struggle against the rise of Neo-Nazism in post-World War II London. Vivien Epstein (Agnes O’Casey), a twenty-year-old Jewish hairdresser from Manchester, arrives in London after the death of her father in the summer of 1962. At Soho’s bustling café culture and the close companionship of her fellow hairdressers, she flourishes in Oscar’s salon.
It turns out Vivien is looking for Jack Fox, a man she had a brief but intense affair with some months ago, and she’s anxious to find him. Fascism is resurgent in London’s East End and her quest leads her to Ridley Road, where the Jewish community has been fighting it in street fights.