Top Boy to return to Channel 4

Channel 4 have commissioned a second series of drama, Top Boy.

Ronan Bennett’s drama about young people living on the edge aired across four consecutive nights for the short four-part debut series.

Commenting on the recommission, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said, “For me, Top Boy encapsulates everything that our drama is about: hugely original and passionate, with a brilliant roster of new talent. I’m thrilled that we’ll be seeing more.”

Top Boy was created and written by Ronan Bennett and directed by Yann Demange, the series was a showcase for first-time actors, Top Boy kept its audience in thrall to its sad, hopeful, raw and naturalistic rendition of inner-city life set in a world we rarely see. Top Boy averaged 1.9m and 9.4% share across its four episodes, a 22% increase on the consolidated slot average and a 51% rise on the overnight average of 1.2m.

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell, added: ‘We always seek to produce drama with a distinct authorial voice that reaches the heart of our audience. We were delighted that Top Boy resonated so widely and captured a world behind the headlines in a deeply humane and absorbing way, and look forward to inviting its loyal viewers back next year.’