Top Boy returns: All you need to know as series 3 of the London gang drama comes to Netflix

Six years after we last saw them, Dushane, Sully and co are back in London's gangland but find that the world has moved on without them.

When it first launched in 2011, Top Boy was praised for its gritty, uncompromising look at the world of drug dealing on London estates.

The drama has been off screens since 2013, but now Netflix has picked it up to continue Dushane and Sully’s story – and this time, it’s more dangerous than ever.

When is Top Boy back on TV?

It’s been a long wait of six years already, but you’ll have to hang on just a bit longer yet as the third series of Top Boy is not due back on screen until autumn 2019.

This time, it has left its original home at the BBC and will be streaming on Netflix as an Originals series.

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What will happen in series three?

We left the Summerhouse Estate in disarray at the end of series two – Sully had gone to prison and Dushane was in exile waiting for the violent events of the last series to blow over.

However, the pair can never truly leave their past behind them, and series three sees both men make a return to the estate that they once ruled over.


Dushane is keen to reclaim his throne at the head of the lucrative drug market and he teams up with partner Sully, looking to build himself back up after prison.

But things move fast in the world of drug deals and the estate has moved on since the pair were last in charge.

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They’ll come up against Jamie, a young and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions to be top boy leave no room for Dushane and Sully to take up their old roles.

Expect to see the same levels danger, violence and brutality as in the previous two series of Top Boy, known for its unflinching portrayal of life on an estate.

Is there a trailer?

There is, and it looks like Top Boy has lost none of its edge in the six years it spent off screen.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come later in the year.

Who stars in it?

The show's star Ashley Walters is back as Dushane.

The actor, also known for Bulletproof and Cuffs, said: "Top Boy is a raw, real representation of street culture. It explores how these characters came to make the choices they make, and gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look as to what is happening on our streets today.

“It needs to be talked about and the show doesn't shy away from giving us the platform to tell our story. We can't change things if we do not acknowledge it and understand it first.

“Netflix is the perfect platform for this show, there aren't many networks who would be brave enough to keep it this real.”


He’s joined again by Kane Robinson as Sully, and Micheal Ward as Jamie.

The cast also includes Little Simz (Youngers), David Omoregie, Shone Romulus as Dris, and Ashley Thomas (24: Legacy) as Jermaine.

New cast members include Lisa Dwan (Fair City), Jasmine Jobson, Kadeem Ramsay (Sex Education), Saffron Hocking (White Gold), Kola Bokinni, and Hope Ikpoku.

This new series has the same writer (Ronan Bennett), but is executive produced by Drake.

Top Boy series 3 will stream on Netflix in autumn 2019.

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