Bosco Champion, the acclaimed rap sensation, has finally emerged from behind prison bars, ready to reclaim his throne in the music industry. However, his highly anticipated comeback takes an unexpected turn as his younger sister, Vita Champion, showcases her own extraordinary talent, pitting the siblings against each other and shattering the harmony of their once-united family.
Déja J Bowens, in her thrilling television debut, takes on the role of Vita, while Malcolm Kamulete (known for “Top Boy” and “Ill Manors”) portrays the prodigious Bosco. Joining them is music sensation Ray BLK, making her own television debut, along with a stellar cast including Nadine Marshall (“Sherwood,” “Small Axe”), Ray Fearon (“His Dark Materials,” “Beauty and the Beast”), and Jo Martin (“Doctor Who,” “Top Boy”). Kerim Hassan (“Once Upon a Time in London”), Adeyinka Akinrinade (“Everything I Know About Love,” “Top Boy”), Tom Forbes (“Wolf Hall,” “Knightfall”), Genesis Lynea (“Shadow and Bone,” “Silent Witness”), Karl Collins (“Attack The Block,” “Hollyoaks”), Francis Lovehall (“Small Axe,” “Death on the Nile”), Corey Weekes (“Coronation Street,” “Doctors”), Rachel Adedeji (“Dreaming Whilst Black,” “Hollyoaks”), and many other talented performers complete the captivating ensemble.
Presented as a heartfelt homage to Black British music, “Champion” unfolds against the backdrop of South London, celebrating the rhythmic beats that have long been the pulse of our cultural identity. The series showcases original music by a lineup of exceptional artists, including Ray BLK, Ghetts, Shola Ama, M1llionz, Toddla T, MNEK, and more.
Bryan Elsley, Dave Evans, and Danielle Scott-Haughton helm the executive production for Balloon Entertainment, while Charlie Pattinson, Willow Grylls, and Imogen O’Sullivan lead for New Pictures. Candice Carty-Williams adds her creative touch to the project, joined by Jo McClellan and Nawfal Faizullah as Commissioning Executives for the BBC. Alice Pearse and Tom Lyons spearhead the endeavour for Netflix.
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor serves as the producer, ensuring the seamless realisation of this captivating series. John Ogunmuyiwa directs the first block, while Adeyemi Michael, Christiana Ebohon-Green, and Caleb Femi take the helm for subsequent episodes. Ameir Brown, Isis Davis, Emma Dennis-Edwards, and Edem Wornoo contribute their exceptional writing talents, alongside the esteemed Candice Carty-Williams.
Prepare for the ultimate clash of the Champions when the series premiere of “Champion” debuts on Saturday, 1 July at 9:15 p.m. on BBC One. All episodes will be available immediately on BBC iPlayer, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in this gripping tale of family, rivalry, and the power of music.