The five-part drama series tells the story of London’s West Indian community of Notting Hill as seen through the eyes of four individual characters.
In case you missed BBC's anthology series 'Small Axe' last year, TG4 is now showing the revolutionary drama from the brilliant mind of Steve McQueen.
The Academy Award-winning director (for '12 Years A Slave') created his first-ever TV series, whose title was inspired by Bob Marley's song of the same name which features the lyrics: "If you are the big tree, we are the small axe."
Each episode of the BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning series follows the lives of West Indian immigrants living in amongst the hustle and bustle of London between the '60s and the '80s. Based on real-life, original happenings, each episode is shaped around the character's own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination in the city.
The first episode of 'Small Axe' on TG4 will be called 'Education', following the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Kingsley (played by Kenyah Sandy, who also starred in Netflix's 'Jingle Jangle'). This bright young boy has a fascination for astronauts and rockets, but upon discovering that he's been segregated in school due to the colour of his skin, a group of women take the matter into their own hands.
Not only does 'Small Axe' boast a powerful message in each of its episodes, but it also features an incredible cast. John Boyega (of 'Star Wars' fame) won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Leroy Logan in the episode entitled 'Red, White and Blue'; Letitia Wright (from 'Black Panther') plays the role of Altheia Jones, the leader of the British Black Panther Movement in the episode 'Mangrove'; while Malachi Kirby, who earned a BAFTA for his supporting role in the series, plays Darcus Howe, who was a broadcaster and active campaigner against racial injustice.
This fascinating series delivers a message our divided world needs to hear: even the most marginalised voices can challenge the most powerful.
'Small Axe' begins tonight on TG4 at 10:30 pm. Watch the series on catch up via the TG4 Player and every Wednesday night.