‘Black Earth Rising’ Drama Series Sets Netflix Premiere Date

Netflix has set January 25 for the premiere of Black Earth Rising, the eight-part Netflix/BBC genocide drama starring John Goodman and Michaela Coel.

Created by Hugo Blick, the story centers on Kate Ashby, played by Coel, who was rescued as a young child during the Rwandan genocide and adopted by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter), a world-class British prosecutor in international criminal law. Kate was raised in Britain and, now in her late 20s, she works as a legal investigator in the law chambers of Michael Ennis (Goodman). When Eve takes on a case at the International Criminal Court, prosecuting an African militia leader, the story pulls Michael and Kate into a journey that will upend their lives forever.

The eight-part drama, which is produced by Doctor Foster producer Drama Republic, is described as a labyrinthine thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the personal, legal and political turmoil it ignites as well as the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa. The series airs on BBC Two in the UK.

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