Get Millie Black: Channel 4 and HBO order series from Marlon James
James R | On 11, Dec 2021
Channel 4 and HBO are teaming up to bring a new series from Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings) to the screen.
Get Millie Black is a six-part crime noir following Millie-Jean Black, a police detective forced to quit Scotland Yard and return home to Jamaica, where she’s soon pursuing a missing persons case that threatens to expose more than she may be willing to confront.
“Marlon James has created a deeply personal and wholly authentic version of a Jamaica never seen on screen before,” says Channel 4. “Get Millie Black explores the troubled legacy of racism, slavery, sexuality, classism and cycles of trauma in the post-colonial landscape of Britain and Jamaica, always told through the unique perspective of Millie – a girl born on the Rock, raised in London, who claims to be both British and Jamaican, yet somehow belongs to neither place. It is a story peopled by a host of unforgettable characters; transgender ‘gully queen’ Hibiscus, the sibling Millie left behind; her brilliant partner on the Jamaican police force, Curtis, who is forced to keep his love life secret from his colleagues; game-playing Scotland Yard Inspector Luke Osbourne; and Hit Girl, go-go-club owner and underworld entrepreneur.”
The drama is produced by Motive Pictures (backed by Endeavor Content) and commissioned by Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama at Channel 4 and Francesca Orsi at HBO. Executive Producers are Simon Maxwell (Motive Pictures), James and Leopoldo Gout.
James says: “My mother was one of the first policewomen in Jamaica to make detective. Storytelling has always struck me first and foremost as a mystery to be solved—which I’m sure I got from her. Millie, from the second she appeared in my imagination was a brilliant, mercurial, hilarious, unpredictable force of nature; someone who was always there, just waiting for her story to be told. I didn’t create her, I found her.”
Caroline Hollick, Head of Channel 4 drama, adds: “Marlon James is one of the literary superstars of our generation and to be able to greenlight his first original drama series is nothing short of a total privilege. Get Millie Black is every bit the smart, bold and complex piece of storytelling that you would expect from Marlon, it’s a tale that digs deep into identity and belonging but it’s one that is firmly at home on Channel 4 and embodies everything that our drama should be about. The scripts are utterly enthralling, Millie came to us already living and breathing on the page and I can’t wait to see her step off of it and captivate audiences on screen.”
Filming will take place in 2022.