Thursday 13 December 2018

Drake helps revive Top Boy for Netflix

The show will return for a third series starring Ashley Walters.

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By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Drake has helped revive gritty London drama Top Boy for a third season at Netflix.

The first two series of the show, which starred Ashley Walters as drug dealer Dushane, originally aired on Channel 4 before it ended in 2013.

In 2014 the Canadian rapper revealed his appreciation for the show, sharing a picture of Walters on Instagram with the caption: “Top bod man.”

Netflix announced the revival on Twitter, sharing a throwback of his post with the caption: “In October 2014, @Drake posted this photograph on Instagram.

“He had discovered a British drama series called ‘Top Boy’, starring @AshleyWalters82 and @TheRealKano.

“Several months ago, @Drake came to us with a passion to help bring #TopBoy back to life, with the original creative team.

“And so, in 2019, we’re going back to the Summerhouse Estate for an all-new chapter of @TopBoyNetflix.”

Walters shared his excitement about the revival, saying: “So after years of speculation and anticipation I can finally reveal that we have managed to secure a brand new home for the new season of TOPBOY!

“In all honesty I’m more happy for you guys than myself.

“We’re going back to Summerhouse. @TopBoyNetflix 2019.”

Both Drake and his business partner, the rapper Future, will serve as executive producers and music supervisors for the 10 new episodes in their first foray into television production, while creator Ronan Bennett will write them.

The third season, which will be released in 2019, will pick up as Dushane returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market.

He teams with Sully, played by Kane “Kano” Robinson, his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival, who is also returning to the same streets after being released from prison.

Kano added his delight the show is coming back, writing: “We couldn’t let the streets down – 2019 (@TopBoyNetflix).”

Bennett said: “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. And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix.”

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, added: “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.

“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.”

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