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Idris Elba will star in 'Guerrilla', a new political drama for Sky set in the 1970s. It's part of a tranche of new Sky shows, which include those starring 'Game of Thrones' star John Bradley, 'Mad Men''s Christina Hendricks and Tim Roth.

The six-part 'Guerrilla' focusses on an underground cell in 1970s London. It's written by John Ridley, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of '12 Years a Slave'.

Elba said in a statement: "It's been a longtime desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character-building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat."

The show follows a politically active couple who liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell.

Ridley added: "I am both humbled and impressed with Idris's passion towards bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour."

"Rarely does a project pitch the personal and the political in such a flawless combination," said Anne Mensah, Sky's head of drama. "'Guerrilla' presents characters you will fall in love with but also a world and a part of black British history that is rarely tackled in such a bold and compelling manner."

So what else does Sky have up its sleeve? Medieval adventure 'The Last Dragonslayer' – based on Jasper Fforde's series of novels – will star John Bradley, Ellise Chappell and Ricky Tomlinson. It will air on Sky 1 at Christmas.

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in 'Tin Star', a 10-part modern take on the western genre from screenwriter Rowan Joffe, while Julia Stiles stars in 'Riviera', a 10-part crime thriller set in the south of France.

Dawn French's four-part comedy drama 'Delicious' will air on Sky 1 – it's described as a "compelling story of love, heartbreak, food and female friendship".

Finally 'Jamestown' is an eight-part series about the first British settlers in America. It will star Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng and Dean Lennox Kelly.

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