Small Axe

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Small Axe
Premiere November 15, 2020
Airs streaming
Creator Steve McQueen,
Alastair Siddons,
Courttia Newland
Network/Provider BBC One (UK
Prime Video (USA)
Style 60-minute period anthology
Company EMU Films,
Turbine Studios,
Lammas Park
Distributor BBC Studios (international)
Seasons 1
Episodes 5 (through season 1)
(List of episodes)
Status Renewed through season 2
Origin UK
Watch Now Prime Video
Official Site BBC One

Small Axe tells five stories, with the first told across two episodes, and are set within London's West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 80s.

The title Small Axe is derived from a Jamaican proverb which has resonance throughout the Caribbean, "if you are the big tree, we are the small axe". Small Axe is also the title of a Bob Marley song from his 1973 album Catch a Fire. It means that relatively marginal or small voices of dissent can successfully challenge more powerful voices.



Actor Character
Main Cast
John Boyega Leroy Logan
Letitia Wright Altheia Jones-LeCointe
Malachi Kirby Darcus Howe
Shaun Parkes Frank Crichlow
Rochenda Sandall TBA
Alex Jennings TBA
Jack Lowden TBA
Micheal Ward TBA


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One November 15, 2020 December 13, 2020 5
Season Two


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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