Idris Elba to lead BBC Three’s new young talent drama strand ‘Five by Five’

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BBC Three has an announced the cast for its upcoming series of five short films from new writers.

Set in London, Five by Five will feature new talent working alongside established stars.

Written by Cat Jones, Lee Coan, Namsi Khan, Selina Lim and Nathaniel Price, the five standalone films will feature chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception.

The cast for the five 5-minute films will include Idris Elba (Luther), Georgina Campbell (Murdered by My Boyfriend), Michael Ajao (Cuffs), Ben Tavassoli (New Blood), Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby) and Sope Dirisu (Humans), alongside Jasmine Jobson (Flea), Taurean Steele (Knife Edge), Nina Yndis (Peaky Blinders) and Andrei Zayats (The Night Manager).

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Idris Elba commented: “I have spent time with these five talented writers and observed their storylining process. The scripts are uplifting and incredible, and with this group of young actors now attached to star, BBC Three viewers are in for an absolute blast. I couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.”

Damien Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: “This BBC Three collaboration with Idris and Green Door gives opportunities to some of the best and brightest new talent to work with some of the biggest and most established talent around. It’s a win win for everyone involved and I’m delighted BBC Three can be part of something like this.”

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Directed by Screen International Star of Tomorrow Kate Herron (Fan Girl), Five by Five began filming in London this week.

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