TOP Boy would never have been revived for a third season if not for rap superstar Drake.
Ashley Walters, who stars in the show, revealed how Channel 4 pulled the plug after its second season in 2013, only for the Hotline Bling crooner to step in and save the day.
Recounting his chat with the chart-topper on Sunday Brunch, Ashley was full of gratitude.
“It was put on Netflix after it was cancelled, a couple of years later, and we started to get a lot of interest Stateside,” Ashley said.
“And then Drake watched it, which was weird, and we woke up one day, saw all this press over it [as] he’d posted.
“He had a picture of me and said, ‘When’s the show coming back?’ and I said it’s been cancelled and he said, ‘Well, we’ll see about that’.
Suffice to say, Drake was a man of his word and put his money where his mouth was.
Walter continued: “Cut to about a year and a half later and he came back to the table with a deal and that was it, we went from there.
“He came back for the read through and he was in and out of London while we were shooting.
“But his whole thing was he was a fan of the show first and foremost, and he just wanted us to do what we did originally. He didn’t want to have too much creative control.”
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It’s just as well the show made its return, as fans recently championed the latest instalment the “best series ever” on social media.
If you’re looking to catch up, read our synopsis of season 1 and 2.
Top Boy season 3 is available to stream on Netflix.