BBC One has set an air date for Sitting In Limbo, which is inspired by the real-life Windrush immigration scandal.
The Beeb has confirmed that Sitting In Limbo, its dramatisation of a central case in the Windrush scandal, will arrive on June 8th at 8:30pm.
Sitting In Limbo follows Anthony, who, after living in the UK since he was 8 years old, decides to visit his elderly mother in Jamaica. He has never held, or needed, a passport before and while filling out the paperwork at the Passport Office he is stunned to discover that there is no record of him as a British Citizen – despite having lived in the country since 1965. With the onus on him to prove his British status to the Immigration Office, Anthony finds himself stuck in limbo, forced to leave his job and unable to claim benefits. In the early hours of a Sunday morning, Anthony is forcibly removed from his home and detained as an illegal immigrant. The devastation that ensues puts Anthony at the centre of what has now become known as the Windrush scandal.
The series is written by Stephen S. Thompson, who based the story on the experiences of his brother Anthony Bryan. Thompson said this about the project: “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. As his brother, I saw what he went through first-hand. I couldn’t bear the idea that he had suffered in vain and it made me determined to tell his story. For me, this is personal.”