Top Boy season 4: release date, cast, trailer, plot & more
10 March 2022, 16:06 | Updated: 22 March 2022, 10:05
After landing on Netflix following a six-year hiatus, Top Boy returned in 2019 to widespread praise. But what is in store for Dushane, Sully and Jamie next?
Top Boy returned in 2019 after six years of absence, and the resurgence was met with a hugely positive response from old and new fans alike.
After Channel 4 cancelled the series back in 2013 after just two seasons, Drake - a big fan of the show - decided to bring it back to life, teaming up with Netflix for a ten-part revival.
Ashley Walters and Kano returned as Dushane and Sully, respectively, while newcomer Michael Ward earned widespread praise for his role as new kid on the block Jamie - he went on to win the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award.
But what's next for Top Boy? The latest season was left on a cliffhanger, so fans are eagerly anticipating a fourth season of the London-based drama. Read on to find out more.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Release Date: When is Top Boy Season 4 coming out?
Top Boy season 4 (officially season 2) is scheduled to hit Netflix on Friday 18th March, 2022.
At the end of January 2022, Ashley Walters teased a promotional poster for what appears to be the fourth season of Top Boy.
The poster sees the face of Walters' character Dushane with the words 'before' sprawled across in graffiti, with the release date later being confirmed.
"We know you've been asking for the Top Boy date for a while now... so we put it on London's biggest billboard to clear things up once and for all. TOP BOY RETURNS MARCH 18," Netflix tweeted.
We know you've been asking for the Top Boy date for a while now... so we put it on London's biggest billboard to clear things up once and for all. TOP BOY RETURNS MARCH 18 pic.twitter.com/W7rBbsni49— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) January 31, 2022
During an interview with Capital XTRA, Ashley Walters confirmed that filming for Top Boy began at the end of last year and has continued into the New Year under strict COVID-19 guidelines.
"All I can say is, we are filming," he said. "It's hard, we've got a big cast and there's a big crew, a lot of people involved so it's difficult.
"It's really weird filming because of how we have to set it out and make sure that certain people don't mix with other people."
"But we're definitely filming! We should be finished some time this year, and hopefully it will be out some time after that."
In December 2020, Netflix shared a clip of Ashley Walters and Kano on set of Top Boy season 4. (Okay, it's technically season 2 of this new wave, but you know what we mean.)
The pair confirmed they are currently filming the forthcoming season of the popular crime drama series.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the filming start date was pushed back from its original Spring 2020 kick-off.
Although Top Boy was off-air for a whole six years before its hotly-anticipated return last year, Netflix has confirmed season 2 is in the works.
"Confirmed: Top Boy s2 is happening!!" they tweeted on 26 Feb. "What we can tell you: – production starts this spring – Dushane, Sully, Jamie and Shelley will return (!)" along with a zipped-mouth emoji.
Confirmed: Top Boy s2 is happening!! What we can tell you:— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 26, 2020
– production starts this spring
– Dushane, Sully, Jamie and Shelley will return (!)
Cast: Who's in Top Boy Season 4?
Ashley Walters will return as the show's patriarch Dushane, while Kano (real name Kane Robinson) will reprise his role as Sully.
Michael Ward is expected to portray Jamie, Little Simz will portray Shelley, and Jasmine Jobson returns as the formidable Jaq.
Hope Ikpoku Jnr and Araloyin Oshunremi reprise their roles as Jamie's brothers Aaron and Steph, respectively, while Keiyon Cook comes back as Atz.
There are, of course, characters that will likely not be returning. In episode four of the last season, we see Jason, played by Ricky Smart, meet his tragic death in a house fire. After betraying Dushane, Dris was shot by Sully in the final episode (although fans have pointed out that, while we heard the gunshot, we didn't actually see Sully shoot him.)
Mercury Award winner Dave's portrayal of the manic escapee Modie earned high praise after the show dropped. However, his character met a gruesome end after Sully's acid attack left him partially sighted - he was shot by police after his dangerous driving left him out in the open.
Stars Ashley Walters, Kano, Michael Ward, Little Simz, Jasmine Jobson, Hope Ikpoku Jr., Jolade Obasola, Kadeem Ramsay, Saffron Hocking, and Araloyin Oshunremi will be returning, while a few new faces will join the cast.
Adwoa Aboah joins the cast as new character Becks, Erin Kellyman plays a character referred to as Pebbles, and Nolay will be playing Mandy – a character who appears to have existing connections to some of the cast.
Plot: What's going to happen in Top Boy Season 4?
At the end of the last season, Dushane offered a lifeline to an incarcerated Jamie, who landed in prison after taking the blame following his brothers' arrest. After obtaining footage of Atz placing a backpack of guns in Jamie's home, Dushane gives Jamie an option - work for Dushane and join his organisation in return for the footage that will clear his name, or stay in jail.
But can Dushane trust Jamie? Remember, Jamie overthrew Modie and Leyton to rise to the top of the ZT's. Would he do the same to Dushane and Sully?
Speaking of Jamie, his brothers Aaron and Stefan are currently left without their older brother protecting them. Stef's best mate Atz betrayed them in the final episode, and now that Jamie is aware of this, we'll have to see how their situation pans out.
Dushane's blossoming relationship with Shelley, his mother's carer, developed steadily through the season, suggesting that the kingpin may finally be ready to settle down, and possibly father his own children like Sully and Dris.
At the end of the season, Shelley was harbouring a shaken up Lauryn at her place. Lauryn, sister to the show's matriarch Jaq, was beaten up by Jaq after it was discovered that she had leaked vital information to her boyfriend, Leyton, resulting in shooting attempts at Sully. After being faced with death, Lauren was told by Dushane to leave Summerhouse - he even passed money on to Jaq to send her on her way - but did she actually go?
Next up, drug addicts Lee and Sarah who, at the end of the series, were revealed to actually be undercover police officers. They're aware of both Jamie and Dushane's gangs, so could they rumble both organisations?
Trailer: When will the Top Boy Season 4 teaser drop?
On Tuesday (Mar 1) fans were blown away after the trailer for season 4 dropped.
In the trailer, Dushane finds a new connect in Spain and Morocco, fighting to become the biggest drug lord, while Michael and his gang are fighting to be on top also.
Dushane's relationship Shelley develops while he is at the height of his status chase as a top drug lord.
We'll keep this page updated with more news, photos, videos and more. Keep your eyes peeled!