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Updated on October 6, 2012

Top Boy

This four-part Channel 4 drama was first broadcast in Britain on four consecutive nights from October 31 to November3, 2011.

The setting is the fictional Summerhouse housing estate in Hackney, North London. The series features the activities of young criminals involvement in the drug culture of the housing estate.

The first series was an honest composition of inner-city drug and gang culture, receiving both acclaim and controversy. Channel 4 has commissioned a second season of the gritty drama.

Main Characters

Introducing the main characters of the dramatic series.

Top Boy Interview - Part One

Top Boy Interview - Part Two

Ra'Nel cares for the marijuana farm
Ra'Nel cares for the marijuana farm

Season 1 - Episode 1

The series begins on the fictional Summerhouse Estate in the borough of Hackney, North London. With the intention of becoming "top boy" in the underground drug market, we meet Dushane. With his best friend Sully, the pair become involved with the "top don" Bobby Raikes, who supplied the drugs for Dushane and Sully's drug enterprise.

Gazing down upon the courtyard from his estate flat is thirteen-year-old Ra'Nel. His motherr Lisa is unwell, following a mental breakdown she is hospitalised. Rather than Ra'Nel taken into care, Lisa claims she is childless, her son, she believes, is a good boy able to care for himself.

In the meantime there has been a nasty turn of events when a rival gangster Kamale, steals the drugs that Dushane has "on loan" from Bobby Raikes. Young Ra"Nel finds himself caring for a marijuana "farm" which a neighbor Heather is grooming to raise enough money to move away from the estate to provide her unborn baby a better chance at life. After a near-miscarriage she is advised to rest. Ra'Nel steps up to the task. Elsewhere on the estate, Kamale discovers Dushane's hidden cache and steals the drugs and money again. Raikes is quite displeased and gives Dushane and Sully two weeks to recover the stolen goods.

Season 1 - Episode 2

The clock is ticking with Dushane and Sully desperate to retrieve the stolen drugs in order to pay Raikes the money they owe. They devise a plan to kidnap a family member of Kamale in order to gain control of the drugs, but the plan goes horribly wrong.

Lisa is improving in hospital and allowed a day out. She shops and plans a meal with her son Ra"Nell. He is busy working on a "secret mission" with Lisa's mate Heather and misses the reunion and dinner.

Series 1 - Episode 3

Paranoid that there is a grass within the ranks of the gang Sully enlists fellow gang member Dris to keep an eye on the suspect, and Ra'Nell's best friend Gem. Ra'Nell asks for help for Gen from Leon which creates tension between Leon and Sully.

Heather brings Ra'Nell to the flat she intends to buy with the profits from the "farm", a safe place to raiser her child. Meanwhile, Lisa is home from hospital and has no idea of the criminal connection between her son and best friend.

Series 1 - Episode 4

Dushane discovers that Sully is carrying a gun and seriously reconsiders having his best mate as his partner in crime. With the police closing in on the Estate things become so tense that Raikes offers Dushane a way out of his difficulties - at a great cost.

Ra'Nell finds himself on his own after Heather goes into labour and is admitted to hospital. He decides to negotiate a price directly with Dushane for the crop and finds himself in the middle of one terrible event after another.

At the hospital, at Heather's bedside she confesses to Lisa about her involvement with Ra'Nell. Lisa, upset and desperate calls upon Leon to help Ra'Nell with the drug involvement. And again, it all goes terribly wrong on London's Summerhouse Estate.

Top Bot Playlist - Hosted by 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth.


G Frsh feat. Tania & Bluey Robinson - Do It

Pepstar - Out the Dark

Mic Righteous - Breverin

Squeeks feat. Benny Banks & Hipman Junky - I'll Be the Man

Cerose - Ready Anytime

Blade Brown feat. Taymah - Fed Up

Young Mad B feat. Squeeks, Joe Black, Benny Banks & Don Strapzy - Watchin' Me

Lioness feat. J Warner - Make It Through

Z Dot Scrufizzer, RIO, Warlock & Shifty - Gangster

Ghetts - Artillery

MIC Righteous - Don't Leave Me

Russo feat. Dot Rotten - Bad Tonight

Samson, Strapzy, Ghetts, English Frank, DVS - The Handsome Hustler

Benny Banks - Don't Bank On It

Giggs feat. Kano (prod by FARHOT for KabulFire) - Dem Man

Dru Blue - Get Up

Squeeks feat. Chany - How We Do

Calibar - Calibunga

Bartoven - Above the Law

Oh My! Vs OGZ - Run This Town (Dream Remix)

Please note: Strong language and violent themes mean this mixtape is suitable for 18+ only


Resources and images courtesy of Channel 4 and 4OD.

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