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Top Boy - Ashley Walters & Kano - Channel 4

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New crime thriller based in Hackney starring Kano, Scorcher and Kierston Wareing of Luther and Shadow Line fame. Channel 4 Written by Ronan Bennett Soon come

 

Kierston Wareing (It’s A Free World) and Ashley Walters (Hustle, Small Island) join forces with major UK contemporary music stars Kane Robinson aka Kano and Scorcher in an ensemble cast of new four-part thriller Top Boy. Written by screenwriter and novelist Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies, The Hamburg Cell) and produced by Cowboy Films (The Last King of Scotland, Poppy Shakespeare) for Channel 4, Top Boy is a 4 X 60’ original drama about young lives lived on the edge.

The drama looks beyond the headlines about youth crime and delves into the personal stories of those involved. Filming has begun in and around London this month with director by Yann Demange (Criminal Justice, Dead Set) at the helm. The drama will showcase a fresh and dynamic line up of first time actors, brought together through extensive talent searches across London; combining open auditions and youth workshops, with on-the-spot, street approaches everywhere from bus shelters to Burger Kings. Meet drug dealer and gang leader Dushane (Ashley Walters).

He is charming, sexy, clever, and at 26 years old has “already run out of things to be – except this”. When he gets the attention of ex-convict and drug dealer Bobby Raikes (Geoff Bell) he seizes an opportunity to be more, to have more. With his friend Sully (Kane Robinson) at his side, Dushane is on track to becoming Top Boy. Dushane and Sully’s violent quest to take over the supply of drugs in the Summerhouse Estate impacts on the lives of a number of the residents. The emotional heart of the story lies with Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete), a bright 13-year-old struggling to create a stable home environment for his mentally ill mother Lisa (Sharon Duncan Brewster). Ra’Nell’s best friend Gem (Giacomo Mancini) will do anything to be accepted into Dushane’s gang whilst Summerhouse resident Heather (Kierston Wareing), pregnant and penniless, is determined to give her baby the chances she never had – “even if it means doing one wrong thing to get to the right place”.

Top Boy is based on months of first hand research by writer and Hackney resident Ronan Bennett and story consultant Gerry Jackson. Jackson, a fitness coach, was born and raised in Hackney and has, over the years, worked with the kids there to motivate and encourage them to keep clear of the drug and gang culture. He was able to set up meetings and interviews with local kids who gave candid accounts of life on the estates. This extensive research forms the basis of Bennett’s scripts. Writer Ronan Bennett says: “I knew that I wanted to write about this world from the bottom up, from the point of view, not of the police, but of the tinies and youngers I saw every day hanging around the supermarket forecourt. So I asked Gerry if he would introduce me to kids on the street.

Although I was interested in hearing about the mechanics of drug dealing, I wanted to know about the lives these kids lived. What were their homes like? Did they go to school? What did they think about their parents and teachers? What music did they like? Clothes? What did they want from life? Some of their stories were brutal and frightening. Others were sad and some were unintentionally funny - "I didn't get focused on making money until I was 13,” one younger said wistfully, “all them wasted years." I came to realise that the lives I was glimpsing on the supermarket forecourt were a lot more complex, deep and rich than I'd imagined. I wanted Top Boy to look at the fabric of life in a world we hear a lot about, but about which we know a lot less than we think.” Head of drama Camilla Campbell says: “Ronan’s script is not only honest and contemporary, due to the vast research with the kids and their extraordinary stories - it is also gripping, funny and entertaining. It will be a striking piece of drama that is perfect for Channel 4.”

Top Boy will be made by Cowboy Films and Easter Partisan for Channel 4. The four- part drama serial, due for transmission in autumn 2011, will be produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind and Ronan Bennett. [/quote

Big up my bredrin Yann Demange on direction.

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don't recommend that many music stars who aren't actors unless they're given small roles

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should be ok if it stays away from the dumb forced slang that is always in these dramas.

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Hopefully this is the thing that actually lives up to what it could be.

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I like gritty stuff that's real. As faze said as long as it's not Cringeworthy should be good. Asher d Is usually only involved in good stuff anyway.

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I'm fully on writing a crime/ comedy based around similar themes

I reckon with the right team it can be done properly, no blud/ bruv/ cuz oversaturation, real characters n sh*t

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what do you know about similar themes :lol:

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Hey brah

I know the roads

(I could get a co-writer to deal with most of that though)

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theres no mention of top boy riddims anywhere =/

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Thought this was gonna be about that Lego-based Somalian lifeform that sometimes posts on here.

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Thought this was gonna be about that Lego-based Somalian lifeform that sometimes posts on here.

lol innit

SPITTER IN DA GAME DAS ME!

*gunfingers*

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exhausted the market

dont give a toss nemore

after i watched that birmingham comedy/film it was allll overrrrr

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Potentially cringeworthy

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SPITTER IN DA GAME DAS ME! (ME!)

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For some reason I read this as 'Top Rank'

*leaves*

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TOP BOY - Kano, Ashley Walters, Scorcher - CHANNEL 4, NOVEMBER

4 PART DRAMA

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Written by Ronan Bennett, Top Boy is a gritty and raw four-part drama series set in and around the East London Summerhouse Estate following the intertwined lives of some of the young residents caught up in the choices and consequences that are forced upon them by poverty, greed, drugs and gang culture.

Directed by Yann Demange, Top Boy stars seasoned actor and MC Ashley Walters as Dushane and Kane Robinson better known as Kano making his acting debut as Dushane’s best friend Sully who both run the Summerhouse Estate’s thriving but invisible business. the series also stars UK rapper Scorcher as Dushane’s deadly rival Kamale.

Synopsis: On London’s Summerhouse Estate, lives are lived along lines, and challenges come in all forms, even – especially – for kids. Thirteen-year-old Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete) finds he has to ‘step up and be a man’ when his mentally ill mother Lisa (Sharon Duncan Brewster) is suddenly hospitalised. At the same time his mum’s friend Heather (Kierston Wareing), pregnant and penniless, enlists his help in a dangerous plan she has concocted to give her baby the chances she never had – ‘even if it means doing one wrong thing to get to the right place’.

Meanwhile, in the courtyards of Summerhouse Estate a thriving but invisible business is being run by Dushane (Ashley Walters) and his friend Sully (Kane Robinson). Charming, sexy and clever, the 26-year-old Dushane has ‘already run out of things to be – except this’. When he attracts the attention of ex-convict and drug dealer Bobby Raikes (Geoff Bell) he seizes an opportunity to be more, to have more – to be Top Boy.

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But others will pay a heavy price for Dushane’s ambitions, including Ra’Nell’s best friend, the guileless and vulnerable Gem (Giacomo Mancini), members of Dushane’s own family, and an innocent young man whose only offence is that he is related to Dushane’s deadly rival Kamale (Scorcher).

Featuring an ensemble cast of brilliant new talent, Top Boy is Ronan Bennett’s new four-part drama about young lives lived on the edge and, for the most part, lived out of sight in east London today. Directed by Yann Demange, Top Boy showcases a fresh and dynamic line up of first-time actors, brought together through extensive talent searches across London.

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Thrilling, raw, frightening, sad, hopeful and surprisingly funny by turn, this original drama is an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city urban drug and gang culture. Top Boy looks at the heart of life in a world we think we know but rarely see or understand.

Top Boy is set to premiere at the end of October and will run for 4 consecutive days.

Watching or seen it all before?

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Looks good.

I will be watching.

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will watch

but shit like this is tired

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Are there uk hood love films or inspirational films ?

What was cassius saying

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fuck this hood shit

i just want a good black british drama or ill do it myself

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