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The Book of Negroes

Genres: Drama, Miniseries, Period Drama
Broadcast on: e.tv, BET Africa

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Seasons

Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
CBC 07 Jan 2015 11 Feb 2015 Wednesdays, 21h00 - 22h00 6
BET 16 Feb 2015 18 Feb 2015 Monday-Wednesday, 20h00 (double bill) 6
BET Africa 17 Aug 2015 21 Sep 2015 Mondays, 20h15 - 21h10 6
e.tv 02 May 2016 06 Jun 2016 Mondays, 20h30 - 21h30 6


Season 1

The Book of Negroes is a Canadian/South African miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Hill which in turn derives its origins from the historical document Book of Negroes, and tells the story of a woman forcefully brought to South Carolina from West Africa at the time of the American Revolution.

Abducted from her village in West Africa, eleven-year-old Aminata Diallo is forced into a slave coffle and must endure a horrific ocean crossing.

She is brought to a South Carolina plantation where she makes herself useful by using midwifery skills learned at her mother's side, all the while keeping the attentions of her jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby, at bay.

Soon after Aminata reencounters Chekura, a fellow slave from West Africa, they are married in a clandestine ceremony. When their first baby is brutally abducted and sold by Appleby she vows to return one day to her homeland.

The Book of Negroes is an official Canada-South Africa co-production, executive produced by Damon D'Oliveira (What We Have, Lie With Me) and Clement Virgo from Conquering Lion Pictures; Lance Samuels (Inescapable, Bang Bang Club) from Out of Africa Entertainment; Bill Niven (Marion Bridge) of Idlewild Films; and eOne's Carrie Stein (Coco Chanel, Burn Up, Diamonds) and Margaret O'Brien (Bitten, Rookie Blue).

Other executive producers include Daniel Iron (Cairo Time, Away From Her) and Michael Levine (The Republic of Doyle). The series is produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Entertainment Television.

Starring

Aunjanue Ellis
as
Aminata Diallo
Ben Chaplin
as
Cpt. John Clarkson
Greg Bryk
as
Robertson Appleby
Shailyn Pierre-Dixon
as
Young Aminata
Siya Xaba
as
Young Chekura
Sandra Caldwell
as
Georgia
Antonio David Lyons
as
Happy Jack
Lyriq Bent
as
Chekura Tiano
Allan Hawco
as
Solomon Lindo
Amy Louise Wilson
as
Rosa Lindo
Cara Ricketts
as
Bertilda
Dwain Murphy
as
Claiborne
and Cuba Gooding Jr.
as
Sam Fraunces
Rick Roberts
as
General Washington
Joel Thomas Hynes
as
Matthew Witherspoon
Stephan James
as
Cummings Shakspear
Matt Ward
as
Jason Wood
Meredith MacNeill
as
Judith Palmer
Jane Alexander
as
Maria
and Louis Gossett Jr.
as
Daddy Moses


Season 1 Cast

as
Aminata Diallo

as
Cpt. John Clarkson

as
Robertson Appleby

as
Young Chekura (as Siya Xaba)

as
Chekura Tiano

as
Solomon Lindo

as
Claiborne

as
Sam Fraunces

as
General Washington

as
Daddy Moses

as
Mamadu

as
Fanta

as
Sira

as
D'Silva

as
Biton

as
Sanu

as
Hanif

as
The Djeli

as
Fomba

as
First White Man

as
Slaveship Doctor

as
Mrs. Scott

as
Lieutenant Waters

as
Canvas Town Freddy

as
Militia Warrior #2

as
New York Justice of the Peace

as
Sarrah

as
John Cartwright

as
Joe Mason

as
New York Jail Guard

as
Deputy Quartermaster

as
Annapolis Court Clerk

as
Dr. Danny Falconbridge (as Danny Keough)

as
William Armstrong

as
Samuel York

as
Dante

as
Allasane

as
Mrs. Scott's Wet Nurse


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