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Last Updated on December 13, 2023 by Stefanie Hutson
It's been a while since we heard anything about the upcoming premiere of Three Little Birds, but BritBox has finally released a trailer and more details about when we can expect to see it on our screens. Following its highly acclaimed UK debut back in October, the series will reach American screens in February.
What's “Three Little Birds” About?
Three Little Birds follows the adventures of Leah and Chantrelle, sisters from the St Anne’s district of Jamaica, and their virtuous, bible-loving acquaintance Hosanna. The series opens as they board a ship bound for a new life in the UK, and it was inspired by Sir Lenny Henry's mother’s stories of emigrating from Jamaica in the 1950s to Great Britain, where she established her lifelong home and family.
You can watch the first-look trailer below:
Who's Involved in the Production?
You may not recognise many of the names for this one, as the series showcases a number of talented newcomers – including Rochelle Neil as Leah, Saffron Coomber as Chantrelle, and Yazmin Belo in her screen debut as Hosanna. The supporting cast includes Javone Prince, Bobby Gordon, Arthur Darvill, Tierney Turner, and Malachi Hall.
The series was created by Sir Lenny Henry, perhaps best known for his leading role in Chef!, another show you can find on BritBox.
Three Little Birds is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Douglas Road Productions. The series is co-produced by BritBox International, with Diederick Santer as Executive Producer. Charles McDougall, Yero Timi Biu and Darcia Martin directed two episodes each and Sir Lenny Henry, Lucy Bedford, Kate Crowe, Russell T. Davies, Charles McDougall and Angela Ferreira serve as executive producers, with Stella Nwimo producing.
When Will “Three Little Birds” Premiere?
In the US, Three Little Birds will premiere Thursday, February 1st, 2024 on BritBox. Fans can stream the first three episodes at launch, with the remaining three episodes releasing a week later.
In the UK, the series premiered back in October on ITV1. If you missed the premiere, you can catch it on the ITV website, ITV Amazon, or STV Player (and it's available for purchase or rental in a number of other places).
While You Wait: British TV Shows Similar to Three Little Birds
If Three Little Birds sounds like your kind of show, you may also enjoy other British TV shows that explore the rich history of different cultures and how they've found their place in Britain. A few to get you started…
Directed by Steve McQueen, this anthology series is made up of five films that explore the experiences of London's West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Watch it HERE
Call the Midwife
Set in London's East End, this series begins in the late 1950s and continues on into the 1960s, showcasing a variety of social and racial issues over a period of great cultural change in the UK. And of course, it specifically focuses on how those things impact women and children in particular. Watch it on Netflix.
Though it's more of a modern selection, Ackley Bridge offers a look at changes in West Yorkshire as two schools combine to become one big, multicultural institution. Watch it HERE
The Indian Doctor
Set in the 1960s, this series follows the story of Dr. Prem Sharma, a talented Indian doctor who, along with his wife Kamini Sharma, moves to the UK in response to the call for doctors needed in the National Health Service.
Upon arrival, Dr. Sharma takes up a position as the general practitioner in the small Welsh mining village of Trefelin. The series explores the cultural and social challenges faced by Dr. Sharma and his wife as they adjust to life in a new country and community. Watch it HERE