Compared favourably to Roots, this series was transmitted to rave reviews in America, was repeated in one five-hour-long showing in a prime time Saturday evening slot and was nominated for an International Emmy. Based on Nicholas Lemann's international bestseller, it follows the 1940-1960 migration of more than five million African Americans from the fields and farms of the Deep South for a new life in the big cities of the North, principally Chicago. Those brave men and women recount their lifetime experiences against a soundtrack of jazz and blues.
A co-production of BBC Television and Discovery Productions. Listed by Time Magazine among the top ten programmes of 1995, winner of the Best Series at the Chicago Film Festival and nominated for several Emmys and a CableACE award.