We don’t have long to wait until it hits our screens, of course: the anti-fascist thriller series will premiere later this year.
If you’re already desperate for your first look at Ridley Road, though, you’re in luck, as Stylist is excited to exclusively debut three new stills from the must-watch drama.
For those who have yet to read the novel, Ridley Road tells the story of a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein (who is played by Agnes O’Casey, in her first television role).
“Inspired by the struggle of the 62 Group, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, Ridley Road sees Vivien leaving her comfortable life in Manchester and starting to work with them,” explains the BBC’s official synopsis.
It continues: “When she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend (played by Tom Varey) has been badly injured, Vivien infiltrates the NSM, a neo-Nazi movement which is becoming increasingly prominent in London.
“And, as Vivien descends further into the fascist organisation, both her courage and loyalties are challenged.”
As that overwhelming sense of tension and violent unrest begins to escalate, one has to wonder: can her love for Jack survive?
Over the course of four adrenaline-fuelled episodes, showrunner Sarah Solemani promises that BBC One’s Ridley Road is set to remind us whole-heartedly that “it is the unlikely heroes whose stories are now worth telling.”
The actor and writer, who undertook extensive research into the period, says: “Britain’s relationship with fascism is closer and more alive than we like to think. Luckily, so is our rich heritage of fighting it.
“Jo Bloom’s gripping book revealed a darker side of 60s London and the staggering contribution the Jewish community made in the battle against racism.”
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Solemani adds: “I am thrilled to be working with RED and the BBC to bring this little-known slice of British history to the screen.”
You can watch the series – which also stars Rory Kinnear, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Siro, and Rita Tushingham – when it premieres on BBC One later this year.
Will you be tuning in?
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.
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