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A thrilling and raw drama about young lives lived on the edge in east London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture

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A thrilling and raw drama about young lives lived on the edge in east London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture

Series 2 Summary

Ronan Bennett's Bafta-nominated drama returns for a second four-part series, as the worlds of organised crime, property development and corporate greed collide on the Summerhouse Estate.

  • Episode 1

    Charming, sexy and clever, 27-year-old Dushane has finally made it as 'Top Boy', and is moving into the big time with boss Joe. But Dushane's former right-hand man Sully is now a potentially dangerous rival with a new partner-in-crime, violent and volatile Mike.

    When the police discover the body of arch-rival Kamale, Dushane, Sully and Dris are arrested for the murder, and Dushane meets beautiful and smart solicitor Rhianna who proves to be more than a match for the police.

    With trials for the district youth squad coming up, 15-year-old Ra'Nell is keeping his head down, but his best friend Gem gets caught up in events that he can't control. Ra'Nell's mother Lisa makes a new start after her nervous breakdown by running a hair salon with her friend Zoe. But a conversation with a property developer proves troubling...

  • Episode 2

    Dushane visits Joe in hospital and learns from his injured partner that their drugs were stolen by a gang of Albanians.

    Sully and Mike are asked to carry out a hit. Sully reveals that their target is someone very close to home, but things don't go as planned.

    Following Dushane's earlier arrest, the police are everywhere on Summerhouse Estate. Nevaeh, R'Marni and Michael, the younger members of Dushane's crew, take a precautionary break from dealing drugs, and go on a shoplifting spree.

    Disastrously, Michael is arrested and placed under intense questioning from police.

    Ruthless entrepreneur Vincent forces Gem to skip school and deliver drugs for him, while Ra'Nell's mother Lisa is shocked to learn that developers plan to buy every property in the street.

  • Episode 3

    Rafe rescues his brother Jermaine held captive by Sully and Mike and vows to take revenge.

    Gem is terrified when a drug delivery he is making for Vincent goes wrong. He turns to best friend Ra'Nell for help to confront Vincent.

    Dris hears that Kayla, a witness to Kamale's murder, is being questioned by the police. Dushane asks Rhianna to intervene.

    Desperate, Sully asks Jason to arrange a meeting for him with Dushane.

  • Episode 4

    Solicitor Rhianna represents Kayla but warns Dushane that she is likely to talk to the police.

    Following Vincent's brutal attack on Ra'Nell, Lisa is forced to turn to Dushane for help. And Gem's father, Mr Mustapha, decides to deal with Vincent in his own way.

    Dushane and Sully resume an uneasy partnership. Discovering a novel entrance into the Albanians' warehouse, they prepare an attack to retrieve the stolen drugs - but it's a plan that leads to shocking and tragic consequences.

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A thrilling and raw drama about young lives lived on the edge in east London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture

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2 Series, 8 Episodes