Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Tim Roth took an important step toward his inevitable stardom in this somewhat obscure British TV miniseries. Filmed on location in London's East End, King of the Ghetto was the story of a young white entrepreneur (Roth) who hoped to set up a Bangladeshi community-housing project in a rundown neighborhood. First, however, the protagonist would have to dispense with the "squatting rights" claimed by the current residents of the abandoned buildings which he wanted to either renovate or tear down. The series' background music was written and performed by celebrated British blues guitarist Dave Kelly, while many real-life residents of London's Bengali community appeared in minor roles. The four 60-minute episodes of King of the Ghetto were carried by BBC2 in 1986.