E4 has announced the commission of Youngers, a new teen drama set in South East London’s urban music scene.
Written by Levi David Addai (My Murder), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Casualty), the eight 30-minute episodes will air on E4 next year.
E4 conducted open auditions in London to find new faces, with over 350 applicants, aged 16 – 19, turning up – from actors, to rappers and aspiring music artists. The successful candidates will star alongside YouTube heroes Mandem On The Wall aka recent BRIT school graduates Jovian Wade, Percelle Ascott and comedy actor Dee Kartier.
The official synopsis for Youngers reads: “It’s GCSE results day and friends Yemi and Jay nervously make their way to find out what the future holds. Aspiring producer Yemi aces his results, but there’s no celebrating for Jay. Determined to swerve a career fixing boilers with his dad, MC Jay picks up a leaflet for Mic Star, a local music competition that could be his break into the urban music industry. But for these Youngers it’s never going to be that easy…”
Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Drama Sophie Gardiner commented: “Youngers is a very exciting project for E4. Levi David Addai has written something utterly contemporary, witty and warm, which offers an insight into the lives of teenagers who have dreams and talent – a view of a world we don’t often see.”
Executive producer Luke Alkin added: “British urban music has gone mainstream but artists like Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah were just like Jay and Yemi a few years ago, making music in their bedrooms and showcasing it on the internet. Levi David Addai captures this world in an incredibly fresh, funny and positive way. His characters are inner city teenagers with dreams and ambitions for the future – and this is what makes Youngers feel so original and exciting.”
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