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Damilola, Our Loved Boy

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective

Summary

In November 2000, 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor was attacked and fatally wounded in Peckham, south London, a death that shocked the nation. This feature-length drama reveals the personal stories behind the headlines, exploring Damilola's journey from Lagos to London, and showing how Richard and Gloria Taylor coped with their personal lives as well as the pressure of the media as they fought for justice for the killing of their son. Babou Ceesay, Wunmi Mosaku and Sammy Kamara star, with Robert Pugh

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Review

The lonely death of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor in the dirty stairwell of a block of south London flats in 2000 revulsed the nation. Damilola, who’d arrived in Britain with his mum and siblings from their home in Nigeria, was a boisterous boy who loved football. The details of how he came to receive the grievous leg wound that killed him as he made his way home from computer club are still unclear.

This subtle film, written with anger and tenderness by Levi David Addai, will make you heartsore for Damilola’s family as their loved boy’s death tears into his parents Gloria and Richard (the fine Wunmi Mosaku and Babou Ceesay). The Taylors, who must fight for justice, slowly unravel as Richard, consumed by anger, turns inward while Damilola’s elder brother Tunde (Juwon Adedokun) feels he is being blamed by his dad. Addai doesn’t go easy on Richard, a proud and righteous man lost under crushing grief, and the drama deservedly won Baftas for best single drama and for the marvellous Mosaku.

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Cast

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Richard TaylorBabou Ceesay
Gloria TaylorWunmi Mosaku
Tunde TaylorJuwon Adedokun
Damilola TaylorSammy Kamara
Gbemi TaylorJuma Sharkah
DCI Nick EphgraveRobert Pugh
DapoRaphel Famotibe
NathanMcKell David
Auntie DorcasShola Adewusi
LeanneMegan Parkinson
Det WallaceJohn Hollingworth
JuniorGamba Cole
WillAlfie Browne-Sykes
TayoMuna Otaru
Council workerNaomi Ackie
Cab driverBen Bailey Smith
Prosecution barristerJud Charlton
Defence barristerRichard Pepple
Male witnessMario Demetriou
PathologistWanda Opalinska
Witness BromleyImogen Byron
ChrisAnthony Adjekum
Damilola’s teacherIan Bonar
Passionate youthShanice Sewell
Head of departmentTeslim Animashaun

Crew

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WriterLevi David Addai
DirectorEuros Lyn
ProducerSusan Horth
Executive producerColin Barr

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