The four part adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots continues with episode 2 airing on BBC Four on Wednesday 15 February at 9.00pm
The American Revolutionary War, 1782. Ten years after being bought as a slave, Kunta (Malachi Kirby) escapes and is enlisted to fight for the English army.
But his hopes of freedom are soon brutally crushed. Kunta marries beautiful slave Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and the two have a daughter, Kizzy (Emyri Crutchfield), who grows up to be a bright, defiant young woman, inheriting her father’s spirit – with both good and dire consequences.
Also featuring: Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley (voiceover narration), Forest Whitaker as Henry (Fiddler), Mandela Van Peebles as Noah, James Purefoy as John Waller, Katie McGuiness as Elizabeth Waller, Matthew Goode as Dr William Waller, Octavius J. Johnson as Carleton, G Hannelius as Missy Waller, Tony Curran as Connelly, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea and Shannon Lucio as Patricia Lea.
Pictured are Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) and Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi)
Roots Episode 2 (of 4) airs on Wednesday 15 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.35pm on BBC Four.