Sky Atlantic have released the first trailer for Guerrilla, a six-part drama from Idris Elba and 12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley.

Academy Award winner John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) will write, direct and executive produce Guerrilla, a new 6 x 60’ series set to air on Sky Atlantic that centres on a couple whose passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy. Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild® Award winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) will co-star as Kent – a second generation Brit dedicated to achieving equality for black people in Britain through peaceful and intellectual methods. Elba will also serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two.

Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history. It tells the story of a politically active couple Jas (Pinto) and Marcus (Ceesay) whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

Whilst the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart Guerrilla is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.

Idris Elba said: “It’s been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”

John Ridley said: “I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion towards bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME.”

Anne Mensah, Head of Drama for Sky, said: “Rarely does a project pitch the personal and the political in such a flawless combination. Guerrilla presents characters you will fall in love with but also a world and a part of black British history that is rarely tackled in such a bold and compelling manner. We are so excited to add it to our slate of new dramas.”

The series also stars Nathaniel Martello-White, Zawe Ashton, Nicholas Pinnock, and Wunmi Mosaku.


Guerrilla airs Thursday, 13th April 2017 on Sky Atlantic