BritBox Reveals Sir Lenny Henry’s Upcoming Drama, Three Little Birds


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Britbox Shares First-Look Details on Its Upcoming Drama Series, Three Little Birds

ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran

On June 15, 2023, Britbox, the streaming service from ITV and BBC Studios that offers the biggest streaming collection of streaming British TV, revealed first-look details on its upcoming drama series, Three Little Birds. The announcement offers a first look at the show and its three leads – rising stars Rochelle Neil, Yazmin Belo, and Saffron Coomber. Additionally, the series also stars Bobby Gordon as the sisters’ new factory-worker colleague Shelton, Arthur Darvill, as well as Beth Hayes as Chantrelle’s employers Mr. and Mrs. Wantage, who expect far more from her than just cooking shepherd’s pie and minding their three children as their new live-in Nanny.

In partnership with ITV/ITVX, the title is slated to debut next year, and is written and executive produced by Sir Lenny Henry (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Witcher). Spirited, moving, funny, and heartfelt, the series was created to celebrate immigration, community, and the strength of Black womanhood inspired by the life-affirming stories of Sir Henry’s mother and all those who have traveled to make Britain their home. Charles McDougall, Yero Timi Biu, and Darcia Martin will direct two episodes each and Sir Lenny Henry, Lucy Bedford, Kate Crowe, Russell T Davies, Charles McDougall, and Angela Ferreira serve as Executive Producers, with Stella Nwimo producing.

Set in 1957, post-Windrush, amidst the booming decade set alight by promise, the rhythm of rock and roll, swing, Hollywood starlets, and fabulous fashion, Three Little Birds introduces Dudley and the rest of the world to gregarious sisters Leah (Neil), and Chantrelle (Coomber) and their virtuous, bible-loving acquaintance, Hosanna (Belo), as they board a cruise ship from Jamaica bound for a new life in Blighty. Lured to the UK by their older brother Aston (Javone Prince–Dodger), they convince Hosanna to give up her job as a trainee nurse and embark on the journey to the mother country.

While they are an effervescent mix of strong personalities, they all have different reasons for leaving their family and friends behind in Clarendon, Jamaica. However, they soon discover it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, not least the dramatic change in weather. While we learn shocking truths about the lives they left behind the voyage of discovery is not smooth sailing for our trio, they are determined to succeed and overcome the many obstacles of integration and build a new life in Britain.

Three Little Birds was filmed in The Midlands and has been commissioned for ITV by the Head of Drama, Polly Hill, working alongside Nana Hughes who is overseeing production for ITV. The drama will premiere on ITV1 and be available for streaming on ITVX. Tiger Aspect Productions produces the six-part drama, written by Sir Lenny Henry and guest episode writers Carol Russell and Avril Russell, in association with his production company Douglas Road Productions. The series is co-produced by BritBox International, with Diederick Santer as its Executive Producer.

To learn more about BritBox and the Three Little Birds, be sure to check out their website.

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