A feature-length drama has been commissioned based on a first-hand account of the Windrush immigration scandal.
Set in 2016, Sitting in Limbo chronicles Anthony Bryan’s struggle to be recognised as a British Citizen, after he discovers there is no paperwork to support this, despite having lived in the UK since he was eight years old.
Bryan has to leave his job, and finds himself being forcibly removed from his home and detained as an illegal immigrant.
The life-shattering story has been dramatised by Anthony Bryan’s brother, Stephen S. Thompson.
Thompson commented: “Like everyone caught up in the Windrush scandal, Anthony has been severely traumatised by the experience.”
“It has badly affected his confidence and left him questioning his very identity.”
“I couldn’t bear the idea that he had suffered in vain and it made me determined to tell his story.”
The feature-length drama was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.
“I work very closely with Charlotte Moore to seek out the most compelling and inspiring British real-life stories to tell,” said Wenger.
“Stephen’s script is terrific and we’re honoured his first screenplay for TV will be on BBC One.”
"Anthony’s story is incredibly important and one that needs to be told with urgency.”
Sitting In Limbo is Thompson’s first venture into television having written the novels Toy Soldiers and No More Heroes.
Sitting in Limbo will be produced by The Crown creators Left Bank Pictures.