Netflix is bringing back Top Boy several years after it was cancelled.
The first series of the Channel 4 drama premiered back in 2011, with Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson starring in a four-episode tale of drugs and crime on a public housing estate in East London. In 2013, it returned for a second run of four episodes, but, despite an unresolved cliffhanger, Channel 4 never commissioned a third, leaving fans wondering what would happen to the characters. Now, Netflix is going to provide the answer.
Both seasons are on Netflix UK, which is where Canadian rapper and actor Drake discovered the show in 2014. Posting on Instagram about the programme – “Real bod man #Dushane” – his passion for the project led to long-running rumours about a possible revival of the show, as audiences across the pond also discovered it. Now, Netflix has confirmed that the series is returning:
The new installment will be executive produced by Drake and his business partner, Adel “Future” Nur, along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment. Cconsisting of 10 all-new episodes, it be written by the show’s creator, Ronan Bennett, and executive produced by the original creative team – Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind (for Cowboy Films), Ronan Bennett (for Easter Partisan) and Yann Demange.
The new episodes pick up as Dushane (Ashley Walters) returns to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner, and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets. Awaiting them both is Jamie, the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for either.
“I am delighted to be reunited once more with the Top Boy team – our wonderful cast and my partners at Cowboy Films – and to have Drake and SpringHill as new collaborators,” says Bennett. “And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix.”
“We couldn’t be more excited for Netflix members around the world and a new generation of fans to discover the authentic, raw and real world of Top Boy,” ads Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix. “Drake came to us several months ago with a passion to help bring this series back to life, and we’re thrilled to support the original creative team to do just that.”