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We first heard about the new Sky Original drama 'Guerrilla' last April. But now we have the first trailer to watch.

Created by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley ('12 Years a Slave'), the show follows politically active lovers Jas (Freido Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay) and their friends as they take on a racist police force in 1970s London. One question is central to the drama: What if London's original Black Power movement had used violence?

It also stars Rory Kinnear, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough, Zawe Ashton and Idris Elba (who also executive produces the series).

Writer and director John Ridley described the show as being "rooted in the realities of an era when the young and the passionate of differing backgrounds found themselves united by a struggle for the rights of people of colour, of the oppressed, the disenfranchised, and the marginalised."

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Elba added: "'Guerrilla' has been the culmination of many ambitions. First and foremost, the opportunity to tell a little-known story from our recent history, a story which not only feels relevant to our life in London today, but informs our understanding of it.

"Collaborating with John Ridley has been a longtime desire of mine. His work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling.

"This is realised through the extraordinary talents of Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Nathaniel Martello-White and Rory Kinnear.

"I've had the honour of working on both sides of the screen on this project and coming back to my home town, working in East London, has made this experience, this story, even more personal. I know one thing for sure: this is a very special drama and TV is in for a treat."

'Guerrilla' will start on Sky Atlantic on April 13th. In the US, it will air on Showtime.

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