BBC Three has commissioned a new coming-of-age comedy drama from RTS Award-winning writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Timewasters).
Entitled Boarders, the six-part series follows five disadvantaged black students from inner-city London who all win scholarships to an elite boarding school.
Like fish out of water, the move from the urban jungle to a school resembling Hogwarts is a shock to their zone 3 systems. But together they take on the highs and lows of their new lives as boarders, learning about themselves, their identities and how the other half live.
There’s a lot of fun to be had, but also plenty of obstacles to surmount: pressure, competition, first crushes, new friendships and enemies. They may be outsiders but they’re determined to prove themselves and that “the new boarders have arrived.”
Creator and Lead Writer, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, said: “As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow momentum, and the world is becoming more aware of black struggles in white institutions, a show like Boarders has never been more relevant or ripe for comedy.
“Working with Studio Lambert and the BBC has been an absolute joy, and I’ve also bagged myself some of the most exciting Black British voices to help me bring this show to the screen”.
Joining Taylor in the Boarders writers room will be Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa and Ryan Calais Cameron. The series will be script edited by Missy Howard.