Theresa Ikoko

Grime Kids: music to our ears

Shanu Hazzan and Tienne Simon as Kai and Bishop in Grime Kids are on stage rapping into microphones

From episode 1’s opening sequence, Grime Kids aims to smash stereotypes. In a heart-thumping black-and-white scene, violence looks inevitable as audiences are dragged into the world of gritty gangland drama. But when the playground battle commences, the weapons of choice turn out to be water pistols and handfuls of flour. It’s a powerful introduction to the Technicolour, ­joyous world of Theresa Ikoko’s Grime Kids.

BBC gives first look at musical drama Grime Kids

Cast of Grime Kids looking down at the camera

Although fictional, it is inspired by DJ Target’s 2019 non-fiction book of the same name. Grime Kids follows a group of teenagers using music to share their voices, whilst navigating growing up in the 90s. It is a celebration of culture and community, and the ever-growing genre of grime.

Yus Jamal Crooks will be making his TV debut, alongside Shanu Hazzan (EastEnders), Juwon Adedokun (We Love Moses), Gabriel Robinson (Silent Witness), and Tienne Simon (Silent Witness).

Channel 4 commissions new coming-of-age series Dance School

Lisa Holdsworth and Theresa Ikoko (credit: Channel 4)

Created by Theresa Ikoko (Rocks) and Lisa Holdsworth (Call The Midwife), Dance School follows an eclectic group of dance students as they navigate the intense highs and lows of coming of age in today’s complex world.

Told through the eyes of the core friendship group and dance crew - Puppy, Kobby, Liam, Tim, Francesca, Tash and Nohail - Dance School captures their joyful, funny, raw and truthful stories. Heading up the LAH dance school is Jackie, a dynamic, determined, tough but passionate teacher who brings the group together.