Small Island, adapted from Andrea Levy’s award winning novel, tells the story of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World war two. Most of the narrative is given through the two female protagonists, Hortense and Queenie, whose lives and loves entwine as they each struggle to fulfil their personal ambitions and dreams amidst the chaos of war.
Small Island consists of two 90 minute episodes that were broadcast on BBC One. Filmed and set in Jamaica and London across the late 40’s/50’s the film features BAFTA nominated performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo. And the female leads played by Naomie Harris and Ruth Wilson both picked up awards from the Royal Television Society. The serial was developed by producers Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish of AL Films and written by Paula Milne and Sarah Williams. The episodes were produced by Ruby Films in association with the BBC, and directed by John Alexander.
Awards & Nominations:
Small Island was nominated for five BAFTA’s including Best drama serial, Best original television music, Best photography and lighting, Best Actor and Best supporting Actor. It also won an Emmy as the best TV movie/mini-series, and accumulated various other nominations across the board.