TBB Talks to … star of Mangrove, Shaun Parkes


Steve McQueen’s film ‘Mangrove’ tells the true story of British Caribbean activists.

The Mangrove 9, was a group of Black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970. Their highly publicised trial that followed was the first judicial acknowledgment of behaviour motivated by racial hatred within the Metropolitan Police.

Starring a star studded cast including Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Malachi Kirby (Curfew), Rochenda Sandall (Line Of Duty), Richie Campbell (Liar) and more. Shaun Parkes (Moses Jones) plays Frank Crichlow whose restaurant The Mangrove was the hub of the community and the focus of the police’s racist targeting.

We spoke to Shaun about what it was like playing a British Black political icon …

Small Axe premieres 15 November 2020 on BBC One in the UK and on 20 November 2020 on Amazon Prime Video – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08vxt33