Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 on ITV1 at 8:00pm
Inspired by Sir Lenny Henry’s mother’s journey to Britain in the late 1950s, THREE LITTLE BIRDS is a life affirming six-part drama series exploring untold stories of sisterhood, love, friendship, and the joys, laughter and struggles of making a new life in the so-called mother-country.
It follows, Leah Whittaker (Rochelle Neil – The Nevers, Guilt) who tussles with her conscience about what she has left behind in Jamaica. Running out on her abusive husband, Leah packs her three children off to live with her mother whilst she travels to Britain determined to make a new life for herself and to bring her children over once she has settled there.
Leah travels to England with her younger star stuck, glamourous sister Chantrelle (Saffron Coomber – Small Axe: Lovers Rock, Strike). The two chaperone their pious and Christian friend Hosanna (Yazmin Belo – What Just Happened) who they have chosen as a potential bride for their brother Aston (Javone Prince – Dodger).
Leah is a pioneer who wants to build a better future for her kids but every step of her journey is dogged by guilt, fear and fresh challenges in the hostile mother country. Spurred on by her determination to be reunited with her children, it is her journey of building a new home for all of them that’s truly transformative for Leah. In her new community in the West Midlands, Leah Jnds friendship, love, joy and the woman she was always destined to become.
Chantrelle dreams of stardom, and her job as a live in nanny to a respectable British family living close to the famous Jlm studios in Borehamwood, is just the ticket to fame that she craves. As the scales fall from her eyes, Chantrelle discovers the devastating truth about this ‘respectable’ family and that the short-cut route to stardom is a million miles away from her reality.
Hosanna arrives in Britain full of high expectations for her potential husband but both of them are concealing secrets about their previous lives that threaten to derail any future they might have together.
As each of the three women start to and their feet they must navigate unexpected and sometimes shocking challenges. Will they hit rock bottom with a resounding thud, or will they finally fly?
An effervescent mix of strong personalities, they all have very different reasons for leaving their family and friends behind in Clarendon in Jamaica… but they soon discover it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, not least because of the dramatic change in weather.
While we learn shocking truths about the lives they left behind, the voyage of discovery is not smooth sailing for our trio – however, they are determined to succeed and overcome the many obstacles of integration and build a new life in Britain.
The series also stars Bobby Gordon (Hollyoaks) Arthur Darvill (The Sandman, Broadchurch) and Beth Hayes (Mr Selfridge, Black Mirror).