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Nigerian British Action Hero Chiwetel Ejiofor Stars In "The Shadow Line"

Nigerian British Action Hero Chiwetel Ejiofor Stars In "The Shadow Line"

This Tuesday (12 March), was the first screening of the up-coming BBC conspiracy thriller "The Shadow Line", starring the Nigerian British black knight of espionage himself, Chiwetel Ejiofor. (continues below... )

"The Shadow Line" is a seven-part, sophisticated TV thriller of epic scale, featuring a top-notch cast which includes: Chiwetel Ejiofo (Children of Men, Redbelt, 2012, Salt), Christopher Eccleston (former Doctor Who), Sir Antony Sher, Stephen Rea, Rafe Spall and Kierston Wareing and Lesley Sharp.

The story starts with the discovery of a murder victim, who turns out to be head of one of the UK's largest crime organizations, partly responsible for importing £11m worth of heroin into the country, who has just been released from jail under a rare royal pardon.

Assigned to investigate the death is Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor). The case is his first since being shot during a failed police operation that left his partner dead, and him with amnesia. An added intrigue is that this murder is investigated by both sides of the line – police and criminals – and the show highlights the opposing methods they use to solve it.

Since 1996, Chiwetel Ejiofor has dazzled in over 25 big-screen Hollywood movies, and several stage plays to accumulate at least 10 international awards and 23 nominations. From his more recent movies however, he has grown to become a force to reckon with in the global action/spy movie genre – so much so, that fans worldwide demand him for the role of a possible black James Bond.

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