Channel 4’s Top Boy proved to be a huge hit when it aired at the end of October last year, receiving a wealth of positive feedback. Not only has a second series been commissioned, (which was announced just weeks after the success of the first) but it also picked up the award for Best Drama Serial at the Royal Television Society Awards in March and has now been nominated for a BAFTA too.
The four-part mini series followed the lives of young people, gangs and drug dealers on an estate in Hackey, London and saw urban artists Kano and Scorcher make their acting debuts alongside So Solid Crew’s Ashley Walters, who is now a familiar face on our TV screens.
Created by Ronan Bennet, Top Boy will go up against This Is England ’88, Appropriate Adult and The Crimson Petal And The White for the award for Top Mini Series.
With Adam Deacon picking up a BAFTA for Orange Wednesday’s Rising Star earlier this year, it looks like the urban scene is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
The television awards ceremony will take place on 27 May 2012.