12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is set to helm a Bbc Tv series focusing on the experiences of black Britons.

MCQueen's telling of a real-life free African-American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 19th century has already been tipped for success at the 2014 awards season and the filmmaker is now eager to explore modern-day race issues.

The project, which will be set in west London and chronicles the lives of a group of friends between 1968 and 2014, is still in its early stages and MCQueen insists it will be developed over the next year in collaboration with a writer and a group of actors.

MCQueen tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I don't think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists."