Friday, March 4, 2016

National Geographic Channel orders pilot episode for possible new real-life drama series, The Black 22s, set in 1920's Prohibition era St. Louis.

The National Geographic Channel (DStv 181) has ordered a pilot episode for a potentitial new police drama series, The Black 22s with actor David Oyelowo.

The police drama is based on the real-life story of one of America's first all-black police teams and will focus on a black police detective during America's Prohibition era in St. Louis.

David Oyelowo will be a co-executive producer. "The Black 22s is the black Untouchables," says David Oyelowo. "Our goal is to serve up a kinetic and vibrant show that displays the excitement and energy of America in the 1920s, with a cinematic punch".

"It is a moving, muscular and resonant story that perfectly exemplifies the adage that truth is strange and more compelling than fiction," says Carolyn Bernstein, National Geographic's executive vice president of global scripted programming and production.

"It also represents the kind of timely and provocative storytelling that I hope will become a hallmark of National Geographic's new scripted initiative".