GUERRILLA – Idris Elba Stars in a New Limited Event Series on Showtime

Showtime has announced the dates for its two highly expected new series called “Guerrilla and I’m Dying Up Here. The new limited event series “Guerrilla” premiered on Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The drama is available in the United Kingdom on Sky and in the United State on Showtime. The new drama series called “I’m Dying Up Here” will be premiered on Showtime on Sunday, June 4. Its time will be by 10 p.m. ET/PT. It will kick off the summer line-up of the network which will include new seasons of Dice, Ray Donovan, and Episodes. David Nevins, the President, and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc made the announcement today at the 2017 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Guerrilla, the Showtime’s new limited event series, is the first venture of the network into the limited series arena. Gary Levine, the programming president said that their decision to try the format came down to John Ridley, the series creator.

Guerrilla is all about a love story set against the UK’s backdrop of the most politically explosive times in their history. It narrates the story of a couple (Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay) whose values and relationship were tested when they formed a radical underground cell in 1970s London and liberated a political prisoner. Their main target is the Black Power Desk, a secretive counterintelligence unit within the Special Branch that is dedicated to fighting against all forms of black activism.

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This six-part limited event series came from John Ridley, the Academy Award winner (12 Years A Slave, American Crime). While this new limited event series is set against a background of political and social activism, at its heart, Guerrilla series is all about a relationship that is under pressure, and it teaches the reality that for every couple there will always be a point when their choices and action will have a lasting consequences and outcome. Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation), the winner of the Golden Globe award, co-stars and serves as the executive producer of the Guerrilla’s series through his Green Door Pictures. The series stars also include Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), the Screen Actors Guild Award winner and Babou Ceesay (Getting On). Other cast that featured in the series includes Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), the Laurence Olivier Award winner, Nathaniel Martello-White (Deadmeat), Denise Gough (People, Places & Things), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Brandon Scott (Grey’s Anatomy), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat).

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Alongside John Ridley and Idris Elba, the executive producers of the Guerilla series are Michael J. McDonald (Stearns Castle), Tracy Underwood ( ABC Signature), Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden (Fifty Fathoms). John Ridley was the major writer of the episodes and he directed the first two and the finale of the series.  Sam Miller (Luther, Fortitude, American Crim.), the Emmy Award nominee, directed the remaining episodes. Guerrilla series is a co-production between the ABC Signature and the Fifty Fathoms, in partnership with Sky, UK.

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