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A sparkling, epic comedy adapted by Simon Burke (Tom Jones) from the award-winning debut novel by Zadie Smith. White Teeth tells the story of three families living in Willesden, northwest London.

A sparkling, epic comedy adapted by Simon Burke (Tom Jones) from the award-winning debut novel by Zadie Smith. White Teeth tells the story of three families living in Willesden, northwest London. Their lives, present and past, entertwine comically and explosively over three decades in the melting pot of modern Britain.

It is 1974, and prevaricating Londoner Archie Jones (Phil Davis - Fields Of Gold, North Square) is at a crossroads in his life. The surprise arrival of his old war comrade Samad brings back a wartime secret Archie's been trying to forget. Archie decides to end it all on New Year's Eve. But fate has other plans for him.

Beautiful, buck-toothed, Jamaican-born Clara (Naomie Harris - 28 Days Later, The Project) thinks the end of the world is nigh at midnight. On the run from her Jehovah's Witness mother, she takes up dope and free love. But on New Year's Eve, Clara meets Archie. Midnight strikes, and their lives are changed forever. She marries him and a daughter, Irie (Sarah Ozeke) is born.

Samad Iqbal arrives from Bangladesh full of optimism, expecting sunlit uplands and an arranged marriage to Alsana (Archie Panjabi - Bend It Like Beckham, East Is East), who turns out to be a feisty young woman he can't handle - or support. With a job in his cousin's curry house and twin boys Magid and Millat (Jacob Scipio), Samad comes down to earth in Willesden with a bump. Can he protect his family from the corruptive influences of the west? Or will he give in to the temptations of Poppy Burt-Jones (Maggie O'Neill - Peak Practice), his son's sexy teacher.

Ten years on, and teenage Irie is in love with gorgeous tearaway Millat (Christopher Simpson). But he is otherwise devoted to white girls, weed and gangster movies, leaving Irie to the listful attentions of school geek, Josh (James McAvoy). Josh's parents are controversial geneticist Marcus Malfen (Robert Bathurst - Cold Feet) and his wife Joyce (Geraldine James - Band Of Gold, The Sins). Marcus has big plans to change the world with his latest creation - plans which, by a curious chain of events, bring together the Malfens, the Joneses, the Iqbals, the future, the past, science, religion, estranged twins, lost virginity (Irie's) - and a caged white mouse.

The end is a celebration of the future. Fate, chance, circumstance led our characters to wash up in Willesden, and from this shared history, a new generation is born.

Starring;

Naomie Harris                   28 Days Later,

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Street Kings)James Macevoy                                (Shameless,

The Last King of Scotland, Wanted)Sophie Winkleman          (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the

Wardrobe,  The Trial of Tony Blair, Peep

 

Programme Information

  • Genre: Drama

  • Subgenre: Series

  • Producers: COMPANY PICTURES

  • Broadcaster: n/a

  • Duration: 4 x 50'

  • Tags: Book Family Black Gender Drama

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