Small Axe viewers praise ‘divine’ Lovers Rock as ‘best hour of TV in so long’

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BBC One viewers have taken to social media to praise the film Lovers Rock.

As part of director Sir Steve McQueen's film anthology series Small Axe, Lovers Rock is part of a collection of five films that tell stories inspired by the history of London's West Indian community.

The film is set on a Saturday night in 1980 and follows the vibrant Martha (newcomer Amarah-Jae St Aubyn) as she climbs down her drainpipe to unite with confident friend Patty (Shaniqua Okwok) and head to the best house party in time.

Once there, we witness the revels in every detail and follow Martha as she finds the possibility of romance with smooth-talking Franklyn ( Top Boy star Micheal Ward).

With music, violence, sex, love, and so much dancing, Lovers Rock certainly made an impact as it headed to the top of Twitter trends on Sunday night.

The lovers of Lovers Rock: Martha (Amarah-Jae St Aubyn) and Franklyn (Micheal Ward)
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Taking to social media, viewers at home were full of huge praise for Sir Steve McQueen's film.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: "Heart is so full after watching #LoversRock from the #SmallAxe collection.

"Everything about it was just so divine. How everything lingered beautifully, without it coming across intrusive.

"It was a POV, you was there, you was involved. Just so much to discuss here. So so great!!"

A different viewer tweeted: " #SmallAxe was the perfect end to a Sunday evening".

The revellers blissfully enjoy the music in Lovers Rock
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The music and 'vibes' went down very well with viewers at home
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" #SmallAxe#LoversRock Just the best hour of TV in so long…incredible music, clothes, acting, hitting the high notes of Silly Games – well done #bbc#SteveMcQueen " wrote another.

Meanwhile, a different Small Axe fan penned: " #LoversRock was a vibe. A dance. A needed snapshot of black British history and free enjoyment. So much love and respect for my Caribbean people. Absolutely lovely. [applause emojis] #SmallAxe ".

The film even had some viewers – including Labour MP Dawn Butler – almost forgetting about lockdown
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Micheal Ward's Franklyn falls for party guest Martha
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Elsewhere, one Twitter user wrote: "Wow that was unapologetic, pure appreciation for the culture. Nothing more nothing less. Pure vibes! Loved every second. Also very replayable, I will probably watch this a couple times! #SmallAxe#LoversRock ".

Also reacting was Labour MP Dawn Butler who wrote on Twitter: " #[email protected] Tune!!!! Jah Rastafari!!!

"I loved the small details, like the sweat down the walls, the thyme in the food. Was surprised the record didn't jump though [winking face emoji]

"Made me [smiling emoji] almost forgot we are in lockdown…".

Lovers Rock has been praised as providing a needed snapshot of British history
(Image: BBC/McQueen Limited/Parisa Taghizadeh)

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Finally, fellow Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: "The colours, sounds, music and sensuality in #smallaxe#LoversRock taking me back to being furiously jealous of my three older brothers and their parties in the 70’s.

"So rare to see such mainstream black experiences represented on British television. Long time coming!"

Small Axe continues with Red, White, and Blue next Sunday at 9pm, while Lovers Rock is available now on BBC iPlayer.

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