BBC acquires John Singleton’s Snowfall

It has been a trying week at Killing Times Towers. No internet has meant I haven’t been able to watch and review my beloved Twin Peaks (son come, I promise) and generally keep up with things. One news story I’ve just seen has come from the Edinburgh TV Festival, where the Controller of BBC Two, Patrick Holland, has been speaking. We detailed the fact that channel had picked up The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for broadcast next year, but now Holland told gatherers at the festival that the channel had picked up another US crime show for UK broadcast.

The 10-episode series, Snowfall, is from John Singleton, the acclaimed director behind Boyz N The Hood.Like many of his contemporaries, Singleton has now made the jump to TV.

Snowfall is set in Los Angeles, 1983, where a storm is coming and its name is cocaine.

Following an ensemble cast of characters set on an intense collision course, Snowfall explores the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and the major impact it had on American society and culture. Franklin Saint (Damson Idris – main picture) is a young street entrepreneur on a quest for success, whilst Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta – pictured above) is a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle in a Mexican crime family. Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios) is the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord, and Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson) is a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras.

Here’s a trailer:

Interestingly, we’re getting two shows this autumn that go back to the beginning of crime-based industries. In September, David Simon’s The Deuce is set in 1970s New York and details the start of the porn industry (I can’t wait for this one), and the aforementioned Snowfall tells the story of the beginning of the crack cocaine industry.

Look out for our autumn preview very soon.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    No internet??? Hopefully you are on vacation someplace. I hope you are reconnected soon- your site is the go-to for what to look for on British TV- keep on truckin’.


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