After several months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed that Top Boy will be returning for a brand new series on Netflix.
The fantastic crime drama was originally broadcast on Channel Four in 2011, and followed the lives of those living on a fictional housing estate in Hackney, east London. The plot centred group of residents from the estate, who were involved in drug dealing and gangs. It was billed as an 'honest look' at inner-city gang culture.
Credit: Top Boy/Cowboy Films/Netflix
The show was a huge hit with audiences and critics, with a second series following two years later - both of which are now available on Netflix, if you need to catch up before the new one is released.
When Channel Four confirmed that it had dropped the show, fans thought that was it for Dushane and the rest of the Summerhouse Estate.
So after years of speculation and anticipation I can finally reveal that we have managed to secure a brand new home for the new season of TOPBOY! In all honesty I'm more happy for you guys than myself.- Ashley Walters (@AshleyWalters82) November 8, 2017
"We're going back to Summerhouse. @TopBoyNetflix 2019 pic.twitter.com/i2WoNPCwfy
But then it was announced that Canadian rapper Drake had bought the rights to the show, after watching it and becoming a huge fan.
@AshleyWalters82 is too incredible!! Everybody on Top Boy gives such incredible performances. That show is just too good.- Drizzy (@Drake) October 9, 2014
Rumours of a third series heated up in April last year when star Ashley Walters shared this little clip of himself on Instagram with the hashtag #topboyseason3 - not much subtly there, Ash.
Walters even told the Mirror that the hip-hop superstar might be making an appearance in the next series.
He said: "We met up to start talking about the show and we are working out a role for him.
"He loves acting, of course he wanted a part.
"He's going to be really hands on and is getting stuck into it."
Walters added that Drake was 'actually quite boring, in a good way', whatever that means.
Early last month, a lot of fuel was added to the rumour-fire, when the Radio Times seemed to confirm that there would be a third series and it would be on Netflix.
However, Netflix remained tight-lipped, until today.
In October 2014, @Drake posted this photograph on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/NtBlkKlhzy- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 8, 2017
He had discovered a British drama series called 'Top Boy', starring @AshleyWalters82 and @TheRealKano. pic.twitter.com/4O66djvlCq- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 8, 2017
Several months ago, @Drake came to us with a passion to help bring #TopBoy back to life, with the original creative team.- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 8, 2017
And so, in 2019, we're going back to the Summerhouse Estate for an all-new chapter of @TopBoyNetflix.- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 8, 2017
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the third series will pick up with Dushane (played by Walters) returning to his former London home to try and reclaim his place as 'top boy'. However, ruthless gang-leader Jamie has different ideas.
The third series is due to air in 2019, so we've got a bit of a wait, but it just means we've all got time to re-watch the first two series, eh?
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