Clement Virgo


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Virgo co-wrote and directed the six-part miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill's bestselling novel The Book of Negroes (2015), starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr. , Lou Gossett Jr. , Ben Chaplin, Jane Alexander and Lyriq Bent, which aired to wide acclaim and a record-breaking 1. 7 million Canadian viewers in January 2015 on CBC in Canada. It went on to premiere in February 2015 in the United States, drawing landmark ratings for BET (Black Entertainment Television. ) Additional accolades for the miniseries include 11 Canadian Screen Awards, two U. S. Critics Choice Television Awards nominations for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series (Aunjanue Ellis), three 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominations, including Best Miniseries, Best Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr. ), Best Actress (Ellis), and the NAACP Award for Best Writing in a TV Movie or Miniseries for Virgo and Lawrence Hill. The Book of Negroes was also named one of 60 finalists for the 2016 Peabody Awards. Currently, Virgo and D’Oliveira are adapting Hill’s latest novel, The Illegal (2015).