Top Boy cast (l-r): Lorraine Burroughs, Ashley Walters & Kane Robinson

The screening for the second series of Channel 4 drama Top Boy took place at BFI Southbank on Monday. The event was hosted by Radio One’s Gemma Cairney and there was an opportunity for attendees to have a Q & A session with Ashley Walters, Kano and director Jonathan van Tulleken.


We were invited to watch the first episode of the second series of the drama, to give a little taster of what was to come.


Ashley Walters and director Jonathan van Tulleken

With Top Boy 2 coming two years after it first graced our screens, the cast put the success of the first series down to social media with Ashley noting that fans were constantly tweeting asking him about the continuation of the show.


Gemma Cairney and Ashley Walters

After watching the preview, Gemma Cairney chaired the Q & A session, with the floor later being opened for audience members to ask their own questions.

Noting that the series had always wanted to be as authentic as possible and was based on an experience the writer Ronan Bennett’s had, Jonathan stated that any criticisms the previous series had for being melodramatic were taken with a pinch of salt.

Ronan wrote the first series after a 12-year-old boy in his area tried to sell him drugs – he made the age of the boy in Top Boy some years older but the series was met with criticism from publications saying no one so young would sell drugs.

Everyone was saying it was unrealistic, but the reality was, the boy was actually younger.

Following the characters Du’Shane and Sulley two years after where we last left off, Top Boy 2 offered a smooth transition into what the second season would deliver and promised a whole lot more drama and big changes.

With a third series suggested as being on the cards depending on how this series was received, it looks like the gritty drama will be sticking around for a while.

The second series of Top Boy will be hitting our screens at the end of August.