Following a six-year hiatus, Top Boy returned in 2019 – making the leap from Channel 4 to Netflix. With super-fan Drake on board as an executive producer for the revival, Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson returned to reprise their roles as friends-turned-enemies-turned-uneasy allies Dushane and Sully.
The most epic season of Top Boy yet, spanning 10 episodes, saw Dushane flee Jamaica and return to Summerhouse to appease a dangerous drug lord, only to find that his old turf has changed in his absence. With Sully fresh out of prison, the pair must face a new threat as the young, ruthless Jamie (Michael Ward) threatens to put them out of business… and worse.
The most recent run of episodes ended with Jamie in prison but considering an alliance with former foe Dushane, who was once again at odds with Sully over the tactics he’d used to come out on top – framing Jamie’s younger brothers for a crime they did not commit.
So what happens next? Here’s all the essential info on Top Boy’s future.
Will there be a Top Boy season 4?
Yes! Netflix confirmed there will be another season of Top Boy in February 2020.
Confirmed: Top Boy s2 is happening!! What we can tell you:
– production starts this spring
– Dushane, Sully, Jamie and Shelley will return (!)
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 26, 2020
The news was also confirmed on executive producer Drake’s Instagram. The rapper was instrumental in bringing the show back to life after becoming a fan in 2014.
In 2017, Netflix announced that they would commission two new seasons of Top Boy following Channel 4’s cancellation of the series back in 2013.
Following the first two seasons (now retroactively referred to by the subtitle Summerhouse), series creator Ronan Bennett produced a relaunch of the show picking up after the events of season two and featuring the return of Dushane and company.
Season three was released in September 2019 to critical acclaim.
When is Top Boy season 4 released on Netflix?
Drake confirmed that a fourth season of Top Boy will drop sometime in 2020 – responding to an Instagram post from GRM Daily asking if the show would return this year, Drake replied “Of course”.
It’s as yet unclear if the show’s production was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether this might impose a delay on the show’s return.
Who is in the cast of Top Boy season 4?
Dushane (played by Ashley Walters), Sully (Kane Robinson), Jamie (Michael Ward) and Shelley (Simbi Ajikawo, also known by her stage name Little Simz) and Jaq (the BAFTA-nominated Jasmine Jobson) are all expected to return for the show’s fourth run.
Other recurring characters we might expect to see again include Sully’s cousin Jermaine Newton (Ashley Thomas), Dushane’s brother Chris (Richie Campbell) and drug supplier Lizzie (Lisa Dwan), while Lee (Josef Altin) and Sarah (Isla Jackson-Ritchie) – who were posing as drug addicts but were later revealed to be undercover officers investigating Dushane and Sully – are also a solid bet to return.
The third season also saw a brief appearance from Gem Mustapha (Giacomo Mancini), who was a central figures in the show’s first two seasons along with his friend Ra’Nell Smith (Malcolm Kamulete). It’s possible that Gem could make another cameo, while Ra’Nell’s fate after season two has also been left tantalisingly unresolved…
Top Boy season 4 trailer
There’s no sign of a trailer yet for Top Boy’s fourth season – as a rough estimate of when the first teaser might drop, Netflix released its first teaser for season three (see below) in April 2019, some five months before the new episodes dropped, though a full-length trailer didn’t arrive till August, around a month prior to the launch.
Where is Top Boy filmed?
While set in Hackney, Top Boy is primarily filmed in Kent (Thanet, Ramsgate). Considering info on season four is scarce, we can only assume a return to the well-established locations, as well as some not used for the series before.
Top Boy season 4 spoilers
By the end of the third season, Dushane had proposed a partnership with Jamie, who is now behind bars after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit to protect his family.
Dushane and Sully’s friendship is also fraught due to Dushane framing Jamie’s brothers, so the new partnership could create even more tension between the pair.
It was also revealed that addicts Sarah and Lee were actually undercover agents who are investigating Dushane, so the current top boy will likely feel the heat in season four.
Top Boy’s creator and writer Ronan Bennett has also revealed that future episodes will continue to explore a more sensitive side to Sully, who was left reeling in season three after watching his friend/surrogate son Jason (Ricky Smarts) die in an arson attack.
“Certainly we’re taking that a step further in the new season!” Bennett said of Sully’s newly-glimpsed vulnerability.
Is Top Boy ending after season 4?
Top Boy was resurrected by Netflix for two seasons, with the first being released in late 2019 and the second due later this year.
Given that the streaming service hasn’t explicitly said that season four will be the last, that strongly implies that a fifth season will be commissioned. The other thing to consider is that Netflix has always been hesitant to reveal viewing figures for their content, so we’re yet to know how pleased they are with the most recent outing: season three.