Top Boy

Tue Aug 27, 9-10pm, C4

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5


Series two, episode two
Unless we’re very much mistaken (and it has been known), ‘Top Boy’ is going to end very badly for almost everyone. Dushane (Ashley Walters) is tangling with some big fish and will surely be compromised by his fling with hot solicitor Rhianna (Lorraine Burroughs). Sully (Kane Robinson) and the idiotic Mike are drifting way out of their depth, making mortal enemies out of old friends as they go. And poor Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete) will surely be obliged to intervene to get the dealers off the hapless Gem’s back. We also predict a pivotal – and possibly bloody – role for the young scamp who swiped Sully’s phone.

The sense of foreboding hangs heavily and occasionally almost self-parodically, but the performances are never less than fiercely committed. The looming threat of property developers, meanwhile, makes for an intriguing subplot as well as intensifying the sense that, ultimately, these characters have only a limited control over their own fates.


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Scott Stafford
Scott Stafford

After learning that the Albanians are responsible for ambushing Joe and stealing his “food”, Dushane’s priorities are refocused on revenge. Correction: revenge and bedding Rhianna, his fast-talking, no-nonsense solicitor, who adds some much needed glamour to Top Boy. With his attentions distracted, Dushane also loses sight of the diminishing loyalty from his crew, as Michael gets arrested and gives the police some key evidence in their quest to convict him for the murder of Kamale. Various other story lines evolved in episode two, but these only act as a distraction from the intriguing developments with Dushane and the problems he faces. However, solid acting and hard-hitting scenes continue to shine throughout, and are portrayed best when the boy (who stole Sully’s phone) returns to his derelict home to feed his grateful, addict mother with the product he robbed from Dushane’s crew. I’m certainly looking forward to the next episode, Fam.

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