Thursday, August 23, 2012

E4 announces new urban music comedy drama Youngers

E4 has announced the commission of Youngers, a new teen drama set in the UK urban music scene.

Big Talk Productions conducted open auditions in London in July 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 18 year old Joivan Wade, 19 year old Percelle Ascott (both represented by Sainou), and 24 year old comedy actor Dee Kartier.
Percelle will also soon be seen starring in new CBBC drama Wizards Vs Aliens.

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...
Witty and original, this comedy drama set in South East London follows a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that's more about swagger than straight As.

Written by Levi David Addai (My Murder), Georgia Lester (Skins) and Mark Catley (Casualty),  the eight episode series also marks the drama directing debut of acclaimed documentary maker director Anthony Philipson.

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."

Youngers will be broadcast on E4 in 2013.

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