Idris Elba and John Ridley team up for political drama

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Idris Elba is teaming up with John Ridley for a 1970s civil rights drama.

The six-episode series called "Guerilla" will air on Showtime and Sky Atlantic and is described as a love story set in the UK, during one of the most politically explosive periods in British history.

The couple is tested when they help liberate a political prisoner and form an underground cell in 1970s London in the aim of bringing down a true-life counter-intelligence unit that was dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two instalments. Elba, whose role has not yet been revealed, will also executive produce.

Production begins in London this summer. The drama will air on Showtime and Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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