Last week four-part “URBAN” drama ‘Top Boy’ aired on Channel 4 and pulled in 1 million viewers. Yes it went down a storm!
Then over the weekend it was quietly announced that the,
TOP BOY DEBATE SHOW shall be taking place Tuesday 7pm at Veranda bar 30 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5SG, with Ashley Walters, Richard Campbell, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Mark Prince and Gifford Sutherland hosted By Karen Allen..
This was an opportunity for those who tuned in to watch ‘Top Boy’ to ask the cast questions, to air their views on the drama, on how black people (particularly black males) are depicted on screen, the problems within our community, and how they can be solved.
The debate was brilliant, it was both very passionate and emotional at times and important points were raised throughout. I left with a feeling of hope.
But it’s just a shame that everyone involved with Top Boy all failed to show. There was no Channel 4 representative there and even the dog (Marni) failed to put in an appearance. Yet over the weekend cast members turned up to BBC Radio headquarters to talk about the drama on 1xtra (minus the dog).
Anyway when it was announced by the host Karen Allen founder of organisation Mad Transformations , that none of the cast would be in attendance for various reasons, I laughed and just shook my head in disappointment.
I however would not expect to see Top Boy writer/creator Ronan Bennett (above) attending debates of this nature. The drama was a huge ratings success for him and that is all he cares about. He is probably sitting in his posh office somewhere formulating a script for a second series and planning his next trip to Hackney with his PA in tow, ready to suck more stories/ideas out of lost and misguided youth who are up to no good.
It wouldn’t surprise me if last night’s debate show (which was filmed) was just thrown for his benefit, so he can get some ideas for the second instalment.
Your thoughts please….
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