The BEST Episodes of Black Earth Rising

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Network: BBC Two

The story centers on Kate Ashby, who works as a legal investigator in the law chambers of Michael Ennis. When Kate's adoptive mother Eve takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader, the story pulls Michael and Kate into a journey that will upend their lives forever.

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Looking at the Past

#1 - Looking at the Past

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 2018

Eve's case prosecuting Simon Nyamoya begins at the International Criminal Court, but a shocking incident changes everything. To try and uncover the truth behind these events, Michael Ennis launches a new case and turns to Kate for help. They will be defending Alice Munezero, a Rwandan government official and an old friend of Michael and Eve's. Alice stands accused of a historic war crime - the murder of a French priest in Rwanda in 1994.

star 8.10
158 votes
The Game's True Nature

#2 - The Game's True Nature

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 2018

Patrice Ganimana's warnings about Kate's safety are borne out when Kate and Alice are both attacked. But Kate, nevertheless, continues her search for the case file her mother had prepared against Ganimana years before. But are establishment forces somehow closing ranks to impede bringing Ganimana to justice?

star 7.87
109 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
The Eyes of the Devil

#3 - The Eyes of the Devil

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 8, 2018

Blake Gaines, who has been handling Patrice Ganimana's defence, seems to be in danger of falling foul of those paying his legal fees, while Alice Munezero tells Michael for the first time of her connection to Rwanda president Bibi Mundanzi. Kate's rift with Michael deepens and she becomes increasingly driven to help the Rwandan government as it tries to extradite Ganimana to face justice.

star 7.81
112 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
A Ghost in Name

#4 - A Ghost in Name

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 24, 2018

Still struggling with grief, Kate works with Michael to defend Alice Munezero from the charges laid against her in France. As shadowy forces try to prevent the truth being unearthed, Kate faces threats to her personal safety. Meanwhile Michael struggles with his health back in London. Can they both continue forward to gain an acquittal for Alice?

star 7.55
130 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
Double Bogey on the Ninth

#5 - Double Bogey on the Ninth

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 22, 2018

Kate and Florence return to the UK to locate a final missing item from Eve Ashby's case file against Patrice Ganimana. But someone is ahead of them, stopping at nothing to kill and terrorise his way to this key piece of missing evidence. Meanwhile Michael in the UK, Alice Munezero in Rwanda, and Eunice Clayton in the US, all believe the time has finally come to reveal the truth about a long-buried crime - which will in turn expose Kate to a dark, shocking truth about her own past, and which may destroy her relationship with Michael forever.

star 7.54
76 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
In Other News

#6 - In Other News

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2018

As a child, Kate Ashby was rescued from the horrific aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She was adopted and brought up in Britain by Eve Ashby, a world-class international lawyer. Kate has long struggled to escape the shadow of her past, but is now returning to work as a legal investigator in the same chambers as Eve, under leading international lawyer Michael Ennis. Kate and Eve's relationship is strained to breaking point when a controversial militia leader, who had once fought to stop the genocide, is captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eve takes on his prosecution at the International Criminal Court.

star 7.53
199 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
The Forgiving Earth

#7 - The Forgiving Earth

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 29, 2018

While Michael works to expose an intricate conspiracy in London, Kate travels alone to Africa seeking the truth about her personal history.

star 7.53
74 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick
A Bowl of Cornflakes

#8 - A Bowl of Cornflakes

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 2018

Kate and Michael finish their work on Alice's case in France but are shocked when an indicted Rwandan and Congolese war criminal, Patrice Ganimana, implicated in the Genocide, arrives in the UK. Excited by the chance to prosecute him, Michael is unsettled to learn that an old rival is handling his defence. Meanwhile this new arrival prompts Alice Munezero to delay her own return to Rwanda. As difficulties multiply for an extradition of Ganimana to the International Criminal Court, Kate and Michael's relationship begins to fray.

star 7.29
126 votes
Directors: Hugo Blick
Writers: Hugo Blick