New BBC Three dramedy Boarders, penned by the RTS Award-winning Daniel Lawrence Taylor, has begun filming.
Boarders will follow five black teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds who receive scholarships to an elite boarding school, St Gilberts. Leaving their homes in inner-city London for the roller-coaster of boarding school, they go on personal journeys and find out how the other half live.
Two of the lead actors, Sekou Diaby and Aruna Jalloh, will be making their screen debuts alongside Josh Tedeku (A Town Called Malice), Jodie Campbell (Bulletproof), and Myles Kamwendo (The School for Good and Evil).
Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Timewasters), in addition to creating, writing and executive producing the six-part series, will portray Gus, a mentor to the five students.
St Gilbert’s headmaster will be played by Derek Riddell (No Angels), with Niky Wardley (The Catherine Tate Show) taking the role of Carol Watlington-Geese, the Chair of the Board.
Rosie Graham (The School for Good and Evil), Tallulah Greive (Our Ladies), Harry Gilby (Tolkien), Georgina Sadler (The A List) will make up the ensemble cast, alongside Assa Kanoute in her debut role.
Daniel Lawrence Taylor says: “It's really exciting to see Boarders finally come to life. I’ve been gifted the most incredible cast and creative team who are injecting so much joy and energy into the show. I hope the audience loves it as much as we're loving making it.”
Boarders will air on BBC Three and iPlayer in 2024.