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MADE-FOR-TV MULTIPART marathon of a miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Alex Haley (and later subjected to “falsification of family history” accusations by both The Times and a BBC documentary). LE VAR “STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION” BURTON played the young Kunte Kynte, a name made for endless classroom bandying (“But it was on the telly last night, miss, I heard it!) and GEORGE STANFORD BROWN was the narrator, Tom, tracing his… erm, roots back to slavery days. Also starred LLOYD “I picked a fine day to give up smoking” BRIDGES and O.J. “I picked a fine day to give up stabbing people” SIMPSON.



  1. Richard16378

    May 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Interestingly at least 3 names above have appeard in Zucker Abrahams Zucker productions.

    Also appearing is Mya Angelou seemingly the most adaptable women in showbiz, sometimes outdoing Barabra Streisand.

  2. George White

    November 8, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Billed as ‘a Wolper production’ in the radiotimes, rare for US tvms, series and miniseries though Holocaust got A Titus Production. Always wondered was it contractual esp. Wolper having BBC history, supplying a lot of the World About Us and other documentaries to Auntie.

  3. Richardpd

    November 8, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    David Wolper was also involved with Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory & the Hanna-Barbera Laurel & Hardy cartoon.

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