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Roots

Genres: Drama, Miniseries, Period Drama
Broadcast on: e.tv, Lifetime Africa, History Africa, eExtra, Netflix South Africa

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Seasons

Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
History 30 May 2016 02 Jun 2016 Daily, 21h00 - 23h00 4
A&E 30 May 2016 02 Jun 2016 Daily, 21h00 - 23h00 4
Lifetime 30 May 2016 02 Jun 2016 Daily, 21h00 - 23h00 4
History Africa 15 Jun 2016 06 Jul 2016 Wednesdays, 20h30 - 22h20 4
Lifetime Africa 19 Jun 2016 10 Jul 2016 Sundays, 20h00 - 21h50 4
Netflix South Africa 01 Nov 2017 01 Nov 2017 Wednesday, 00h01 (all episodes) 4
e.tv 06 Nov 2017 27 Nov 2017 Mondays, 20h30 - 22h15 4
eExtra 01 Apr 2018 22 Apr 2018 Sundays, 21h00 - 22h35 4


Season 1

Roots is an American television miniseries developed as a remake of the 1977 miniseries of the same name which is a historical portrait of American slavery, recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.

Based on the bestseller by Alex Haley, Roots follows the story of Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in the Gambia and transported to colonial America where he's sold into slavery.

The A+E Studios production features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Butler) as Fiddler, Anna Paquin (True Blood) as Nancy Holt; Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) as Tom Lea; Anika Noni Rose (Dream Girls) as Kizzy; Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead) as Mingo; Erica Tazel (Justified) as Matilda; and Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger, Antwone Fisher) as Silla Ba Dibba.

Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish) plays the role of Alex Haley.

Newcomers Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page  (Survivor, Waterloo) play the iconic roles of  Kunta Kinte and Chicken George. Malachi was handpicked by executive producers Will Packer and LeVar Burton, who played the original Kunta Kinte in the earlier version.

Mtunzini's Umlalazi River and the Dlinza Forest near Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa were used for filming, doubling for scripted areas in Gambia and along the Kambay Bolongo River, where Kinte is taken prisoner, transported down the river and put on to a ship to be sent to America.

The list of directors includes Mario van Peebles (Posse, New Jack City); Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy); Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Thomas Carter (Coach, Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story).

Roots is an A+E Studios production in association with Marc Toberoff and The Wolper Organization, the company that produced the original Roots. Will Packer, Marc Toberoff, Mark Wolper, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal and Barry Jossen serve as executive producers. LeVar Burton and Korin D. Huggins are co-executive producers. Questlove is executive music producer.

Roots is directed by Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford. Arturo Interian and Michael Stiller serve as Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

Starring Cast

(scroll to bottom for available actor bios)

Part 1

Laurence Fishburne
as
Alex Haley (voice)
Matthew Goode
as
Dr. William Waller
Malachi Kirby
as
Kunta Kinte
Derek Luke
as
Silla Ba Dibba
Chris Obi
as
Kintango
Babatunde Olusanmokun
as
Omoro Kinte
James Purefoy
as
John Waller
Forest Whitaker
as
Fiddler
Kedar Williams-Stirling
as
Sitafa
Simona Brown
as
Jinna
Tony Curran
as
Connelly
Hakeem Kae-Kazim
as
Samson
Katie McGuinness
as
Elizabeth Waller

Part 2

Emayatzy Corinealdi
as
Belle
Emyri Crutchfield
as
Teen Miss Kizzy
Matthew Goode
as
Dr. William Waller
G. Hannelius
as
Missy
Malachi Kirby
as
Kunta Kinte
Katie McGuinness
as
Elizabeth Waller
Jonathan Rhys Myers
as
Tom Lea
James Purefoy
as
John Waller
Mandela Van Peebles
as
Noah
Forest Whitaker
as
Fiddler
Tony Curran
as
Connelly
Shannon Lucio
as
Patricia Lea

Part 3

Chad L. Coleman
as
Mingo
Shannon Lucio
as
Patricia Lea
Jonathan Rhys Myers
as
Tom Lea
Regé-Jean Page
as
Chicken George
Anika Noni Rose
as
Kizzy
Michael James Shaw
as
Marcellus
Erica Tazel
as
Matilda
Brett Rice
as
William Byrd
Mark Rolston
as
Jewett

Part 4

Laurence Fishburne
as
Alex Haley
Lane Garrison
as
Frederick Murray
Tip "T.I." Harris
as
Cyrus
Jonathan Rhys Myers
as
Tom Lea
Regé-Jean Page
as
Chicken George
Anna Paquin
as
Nancy Holt
Mekhi Phifer
as
Jerusalem
Erica Tazel
as
Matilda
Sedale Threatt, Jr.
as
Tom


Season 1 Cast

as
Alex Haley

as
Dr. William Waller

as
Silla Ba Dibba

as
John Waller

as
Fiddler

as
Connelly

as
Samson

as
Missy

as
Patricia Lea

as
Mingo

as
Kizzy

as
Matilda

as
Frederick Murray

as
Nancy Holt

as
Jerusalem

as
Edward

as
Ephraim

as
Slave Buyer #1

as
Slave Buyer #2

as
Foulah

as
Binta Kinte

as
Franklin

as
Wolof Man

as
Grandma Yaisa

as
Carrington

as
Addo

as
Nyo Boto

as
Lopes

as
Carleton

as
Sir Eric Russell

as
Viscount Shaw

as
Benjamin Murray

as
Branded Woman

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