A new drama starring Shaun Parkes and Matt Smith, who takes over as Doctor Who next year, begins on BBC Two tonight (Monday 2 February). Set in the heart of London, Moses Jones also stars Eamonn Walker, Dennis Waterman, Indira Varma and Jude Akuwudike, plus newcomers Wunmi Mosaku and Obi Abili.
The story told over three 60minute episodes begins when a wave of violence hits one community following the discovery of the bizarrely mutilated body of a man in the Thames.
First appearances suggest a witchcraft killing but the dark reality is more complicated – and even more frightening.
Assigned to the case is young, hopeful DS Dan Twentyman (Smith) and his senior partner DI Moses Jones (Parkes), seconded from Scotland Yard due to his supposed cultural links with the local African community.
Confronted with a wall of silence, Jones and Twentyman become increasingly frustrated but all roads lead to Joy, her friend Solomon and the Afrigo Club where the ex-pat community go to unwind to the irresistible music of Solomon’s band.
As the search deepens, the violence escalates and the investigation grinds to a halt. But one name crops up again and again – Matthias Mutukula a mysterious godfather figure rumoured to have both terror links and supernatural powers.
Forced to ask himself tough questions about his cultural identity, Moses Jones embarks on a frightening quest to track down his man and redeem himself before the community implodes…or takes revenge itself.
BBC Two, 9.00pm on Monday 2 February