Babou Ceesay will star in Dark Mon£y , BBC One’s new drama from the writer of Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
Written by the Bafta-nominated Levi David Addai, the series tells the fictional story of The Mensahs, an ordinary working-class family from North London whose youngest son has recently finished filming a major Hollywood movie role. But Manny (Ceesay) and Sam’s (Jill Halfpenny) world is shattered when Isaac reveals he was abused while out in America by a renowned filmmaker.
Although guilt-ridden, the family decide to accept a substantial pay-off to keep silent, believing the money will help start a new life, enable them to heal and avoid the publicity hell of pressing charges against a celebrity. They are wrong. Damage runs deep, and the price of taking the money may be too high.
Also joining the cast are Rebecca Front (War and Peace, Poldark), Susan Wokoma (Crazyhead, Chewing Gum), Olive Gray (Home from Home), Ellen Thomas (Teachers, EastEnders), Joseph May (Resident Evil), Rudi Dharmalingam (Our Girl) and Gary Beadle (EastEnders).
Levi David Addai says: “I’m delighted to be working with Babou again and thrilled to have Jill on board. They lead a fantastic cast.”
Ceesay adds: “I’m delighted to be heading back to the BBC for Dark Mon£y and to be reunited with Levi to tell this powerful story. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with Jill, Lewis and the team”.
Produced by The Forge Entertainment, the four-part series is directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch, Humans). The Executive Producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC One and Levi David Addai, with Erika Hossington producing.
Filming starts this month in Birmingham and the drama will air next year on BBC One.