The creator of Top Boy, Ronan Bennett, has confirmed that he is currently in discussions with Netflix regarding the possibility of developing a spin-off for the popular series.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5’s Nihal Arthanayake, the writer, aged 68, revealed exciting details about the upcoming spin-off. The focus of the new series will revolve around Jaq Lawrence, portrayed by the talented Jasmine Jobson.
Ronan mentioned that the production company Cowboy is also involved, and rapper Drake, who served as executive producer on the show, is on board.
He mentioned that there are discussions with Netflix regarding a spin-off centred around Jaq. He humorously added that Netflix might not be too pleased with him for bringing it up.
However, he mentioned that he has learned from past experiences not to discuss upcoming shows too extensively.
‘You can never be certain if they will be produced.’ In reality, the majority of shows that are developed never see the light of day.
‘You can write the script and, for some unknown reason, they don’t get made. So you end up appearing rather foolish for bringing it up. But I remain optimistic that this will be successful.’
Ronan mentioned that the team has also explored the possibility of creating a Top Boy prequel, movie, or even a stage musical. However, these discussions are still in their initial phases.
He expressed his belief that the world of Top Boy, which they both helped create, is incredibly rich and deep. It has garnered a passionate following and he believes it still has a lot of potential.
‘Some shows come to a natural conclusion, and you can’t help but feel relieved that they’ve ended. I have a deep affection for that show, but it had definitely lost its momentum.’
‘However, I do believe that there is still untapped potential in Top Boy.’
Jaq joined the show in series three, initially as a member of the Summerhouse dealers and later becoming Dris’ second in command, before eventually climbing up the ranks.
She embarks on a romantic relationship with Becks, portrayed by Adwoa Aboah, and offers shelter to her pregnant sister Lauryn, shielding her from her violent partner.
However, following Lauryn’s tragic passing due to an overdose in the bath, Jaq makes the courageous decision to leave behind the dangerous world of dealing and embark on a new journey with Becks and her nephew.
The character is portrayed by Jasmine, a talented actress who has garnered praise for her performance and earned two BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
And earlier this month, she garnered high praise for her starring role in the popular ITV series Platform 7.
Jasmine is currently dating her Top Boy co-star, Kadeem Ramsay, who portrayed Kit on the show.
In an interview with Digital Spy, she discussed the significance of portraying an outspoken black lesbian character on the show.
Jasmine remarked that it’s still a sensitive topic. And I believe it’s crucial that we stay informed about current events, as they occur. I have a large circle of friends who identify as gay or lesbian.
‘I inquired about their experiences and how they handled them, seeking insight to effectively portray that scene.’.