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The end is nigh in Top Boy

The end is nigh in Top Boy

Dushane and Sully are back on the gritty streets of London in their final thrilling outing

By Charlotte Briggs, Staff Writer

Where to begin? With jaw-dropping plot twists, epic cliffhangers and a stellar ensemble cast to boot, multi-award-winning crime drama Top Boy has had legions of fans captivated for over ten years.


Created by novelist and screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Face, Public Enemies and Gunpowder), the show is set in the fictional Summerhouse estate that’s ruled over by powerful drug dealers and childhood friends Dushane Hill (Ashley Walters, Bulletproof) and Gerard “Sully” Sullivan (Kane Robinson aka rapper Kano).


Now, after watching the rise, fall and rise again of these two kingpins, the stakes in the Summerhouse saga have never been higher. In this chilling teaser for the upcoming season, it looks like Sully and Dushane’s actions are threatening to crumble their corrupted empire once and for all…


Watch your back from Thursday 7 September, when the final six episodes of Top Boy drop on Netflix (Apps & Games > Netflix). For now, we answer your burning questions ahead of the final run of this action-packed series.


Who’s in it?

Along with Dushane and Sully, other characters including Shelley (Simbi Ajikawo aka rapper Little Simz), Jaq (Jasmine Jobson, Platform 7), Lauryn (Saffron Hocking, Riches), Stefan (Araloyin Oshunremi, Heartstopper), Aaron (Hope Ikpoku Jnr, The Kitchen) and Becks (model Adwoa Aboah) will share the screen.


And to keep things interesting there are two new faces on the scene. Barry Keoghan (The Banshees Of Inisherin) and Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders) are lined up to star as Jonny and Tadhg respectively. Bring it on!


How many celebrities have appeared in Top Boy?

Loads! As well as current cast members Kano, Little Simz and Adwoa Aboah, some other famous faces on the show have included award-winning rapper Dave (season 3), noughties hip hop pioneer Sway (season 1) and actor-rapper Ashley Thomas aka Bashy (seasons 2 and 3).


Wait, so how many seasons are there in total?

There are a total of five seasons of Top Boy. The first two aired on Channel 4 in 2011 and 2013, before the show went on hiatus. Cue global star Drake (yes, really!) and Netflix picking up the show again in 2019 and the rest is history. Those first two seasons – also available on Netflix, where they’re known as Top Boy: Summerhouse – introduced us to Dushane and Sully, as well as other denizens of the estate including troubled teen Ra’Nell (Malcolm Kamulete, Champion) and his best friend Gem (Giacomo Mancini, Anti-Social).


How can I watch them all in order?

Start with the two seasons of Top Boy: Summerhouse before moving on to Netflix’s season 1, 2 and 3 of Top Boy, which picks up with Dushane reclaiming his throne in the London drug market.


Cool! So, what happened last season?

It was one wild ride! Against a backdrop of rising tensions between residents of the Summerhouse estate, Dushane and Sully’s already uneasy partnership was put to the test when they expanded their drug dealings to Spain and Morocco. Plus, the shocking murder of Dushane’s heir Jamie (Michael Ward, Blue Story) at the hands of Sully left viewers reeling. We have no doubt that Jamie’s assassination has set Jamie’s younger brother Stefan on a vengeful path.


What should I watch next?

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When can I watch season 3 of Top Boy on Netflix?

The final six episodes of Top Boy will debut on Thursday 7 September only on Netflix (Apps & Games > Netflix).

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