London calling! ‘Top Boy’s final season is on its way

‘The Batman‘s Barry Keoghan and ‘Peaky Blinder‘ Brian Gleeson join the Netflix crime epic

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen
Global film editor
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Photograph: Santiago Felipe

The bad news is that Top Boy, the Channel 4 and now Netflix crime saga, is coming to end. The good news is that its final season promises to be epic

The third and final season – or fifth and final season, if you’re counting the show’s pre-Netflix days – has just gone into production in London for a six-episode run.

Joining an established cast are a couple of exciting additions: fast-rising Irish actor Barry Keoghan, fresh from a surprise turn in The Batman, and ‘Peaky Blinders’ Brian ‘son of Brendan’ Gleeson. The pair will be playing two new characters called Jonny and Tadgh.

They’ll be joining Top Boy regulars like Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Simbi Ajikawo, Jasmine Jobson, Saffron Hocking and Araloyin Oshunremi.

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Photograph: NetflixTop Boy season 2

Myriam Raja is behind the camera for the first four episodes, with Top Boy veteran Will Stefan Smith returning to direct the final two episodes.

In a pioneering initiative, Raja cut her teeth on the show via a Top Boy mentorship scheme on season one. ‘I shadowed [series director] Aneil Karia on the last three episodes,’ Raja tells Guap. ‘I was fortunate enough to observe and learn from him – from pre-production, script reads, casting sessions, to the shoot and also briefly during the editing process to see it all come together.’

The series is again written by Top Boy creator Ronan Bennett. There’s no word yet on the likely launch date for season 4.

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