Top Boy is coming back to Netflix. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused the show to shut down production earlier this year, but the streaming service confirmed filming for the series has begun again.
“We’re obviously shooting Top Boy. You asked for it, we gave it to you,” said lead actor Ashley “Asher D” Walters in a video posted to social media. Co-star Kane “Kano” Robinson then added, “There you go, Season 2. Netflix. Let’s go.”
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) December 9, 2020
The London-based crime drama first debuted on Great Britain’s Channel 4 in 2011 with Walters as Dushane Hill, Robinson as Gerard “Sully” Sullivan, and Malcolm Kamulete as Ra’Nell Smith. The second chapter of the program also aired on the same network beginning in 2013.
Six years later, Top Boy was revived on Netflix thanks in part to the backing of Canadian Hip Hop superstar Aubrey Drake Graham. The original eight episodes were re-branded Top Boy: Summerhouse and the Netlflix-exclusive version took on the name Top Boy.
Series creator Ronan Bennett returned to write for Top Boy which premiered in the United States on September 13, 2019. Bennett, Drake, Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Yann Demange, Adel “Future” Nur, Maverick Carter, and Jamal Henderson are credited as executive producers for the series.
Season 1 of Netflix’s Top Boy also featured Micheal Ward, Shone Romulus, Ashley Thomas, Lisa Dwan, Jasmine Jobson, Kadeem Ramsay, Saffron Hocking, Kola Bokinni, and Hope Ikpoku. British music artists Simbi “Little Simz” Ajikawo and David “Dave” Omoregie were part of the cast as well.