It will be set in London's West Indian community during the 1960s and will tell five separate stories. The first will be two hours and then the remaining episodes will focus on different characters in the same setting.
It sounds very close to the filmmaker's own experience growing up in Hanwell, West London amidst institutionalized racism, as he told The Guardian in a 2014 interview.
Casting hasn't been announced, but the series already has distribution in North America and the UK thanks to a partnership between the BBC and Amazon.
McQueen made news last year by complaining about "Peak TV," after his experience trying to bring a show to HBO called "Codes of Conduct."
"TV had its moment. It’s fodder now, isn’t it? It’s fodder. […] There was a moment in the '90s or early 2000s when it was amazing. And now it’s just, 'Get stuff done. We need stuff.' I don’t know what’s happening now, but obviously the quality has gone down a little bit. There’s more of it, but less quality," he said.
However, he was persuaded to work on "Small Axe," perhaps because it's more like a series of short films. Or one long movie, if you're in the "Twin Peaks: The Return" camp.
[Via The Playlist]