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Starts Sun­day 8 Oc­to­ber BBC2 The dark and dan­ger­ous world of the LA drugs scene, Mex­i­can car­tels, and CIA op­er­a­tives is the in­trigu­ing set­ting for this slick new Amer­i­can crime drama. The ac­tion gets un­der way in early 1980s Los An­ge­les, birth­place of the dev­as­tat­ing drug, crack co­caine.

Young Brit ac­tor Dam­son Idris takes the lead role as high school schol­ar­ship stu­dent Franklin Saint, who is drawn into deal­ing co­caine after mov­ing back home. The drama also fol­lows the sto­ries of crooked CIA agent Teddy Mcdon­ald (Carter Hud­son) and wrestler and hired hit­man Gus­tavo Za­p­ato (Ser­gio Peris-mencheta).

‘It’s three sep­a­rate com­ing-of-age sto­ries,’ re­veals Carter of the se­ries. ‘These char­ac­ters are try­ing to fig­ure out who they are, what they want to be and where they want to go.’

Stu­dent Franklin Saint is drawn into the murky world of drug deal­ing in 1980s LA

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