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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.

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.

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.

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Production Company: Cowboy Films/Easter Partisan

Year of Publication: 2011

Companies connected with this show

Channel 4 Cowboy Films Netflix Talent Talks

Connected mandy members

Kimberley Grant
Extra
Rodrig Andrisan
RESIDENT ON A LOW INCOME COUNCIL ESTATE
Jane Skinner
Jane Skinner
Actor
Shopper in street market
Melissa Morrissey
Jenny
Jeremy Chevillotte
Waiter
Robert Bacon
Robert Bacon
Extra
Passer by
Isla Jackson-ritchie
Sarah - Series Regular
John Bagenal
John Bagenal
Actor
Featured market stall holder
Felix Shanagher
Crackhead
Freddie Buck
Freddie Buck
Actor
Custody Sergeant
Omar Baker
Omar Baker
Actor
Cafe Customer 1
Stephanie Bryan
Nurse
Leon Lenga-kroma
Gang Member
Julia Kedziora
Julia Kedziora
Child Actor
Student-Extra
Stephen McGowan
Man with cakebox
Aaron Kerridge
Raver
Roseanna Frascona
Hediya
Elikem Agbesi
Summer House youngers
Marcia Blackwood
Marcia Blackwood
Make-up Artist
Hair and Make Up Artist Trainee
Randall Lomanga
Youngers

Alternative Names

Top Boy, Season 2, Top Boy 2, Top Boy (TV), Top boy Channel 4 drama, "TOPBOY " SERIES 2, Top Boy - Channal Four, Top boy 3, Top Boy Series 3