In the third episode of this reboot of Roots, airing on Wednesday 22 Feb at 9.00pm, Young George (Regé-Jean Page) – son of Kizzy (Anika Noni Rose) and slave owner Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) grows up to become involved in cockfighting.
His flamboyancy and impressive bird-training skills earn him the nickname of Chicken George, and he starts to win many fights for Tom Lea, acquiring a taste for becoming a free man one day…
Also featuring: Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley (voiceover narration), Chad Coleman as Mingo, Erica Tazel as Matilda, Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy, Michael James Shaw as Marcellus, Brett Rice as William Byrd, Shannon Lucio as Patricia Lea, Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte and Adam Fergus as Sir Eric Russell.
Pictured are Chicken George with Marcellus
Roots Episode 3 (of 4) airs on Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.40pm on BBC Four.