Channel 4 has commissioned BBC Studios to produce It’s Grime Up North (w/t) a brand new three-part series following the lives and exploits of a group of passionate young MCs on the Blackpool grime scene.
The series will follow artists like Little T (aka Josh Tate), Sophie Aspin and Millie B as they approach significant crossroads in their lives. With milestone moments looming, these three especially have to decide whether and how to capitalise on the fame they’ve gained through the controversial practice of “sends” for one another, their explicit videos which have attracted anywhere between two and ten million views online.
Facing equally important decisions will be a wider cast of aspiring young artists from the local grime scene. Featuring friends, family and home lives, It’s Grime Up North (w/t) will be an access-all-areas look into the realities of striving for a big break, while grappling with the day-to-day challenges of life as a teenager or twentysomething in modern Britain.
Each episode will follow these determined young performers, at home, at work and at their gigs, as they challenge preconceptions of the grime music scene, growing up in Blackpool and what the future could hold for them, all with a healthy dose of Northern wit, warmth and swagger.
Lee McMurray, Formats Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said: “Little T, Sophie Aspin and their Blackpool grime scene peers have established themselves as a phenomenon over the past two years, so we’re delighted to bring this larger-than-life cast of characters to Channel 4 in an entertaining coming-of-age series, filmed over what could be a life-changing summer for some of them.”
Samantha Anstiss, Creative Director, Auntie Productions, BBC Studios said: “In this fun, gritty and audacious series, we meet Blackpool’s talented young grime artists. Brimming with attitude, warmth and wit, we’ll follow their stories as they set out on a mission to make it big, and put Blackpool’s Grime scene firmly on the map.”
It’s Grime Up North (3x60’) was commissioned for Channel 4 by Formats Commissioning Editor Lee McMurray and Head of Formats Dom Bird. The series is produced by BBC Studios’ Auntie Productions whose Creative Directors are Sam Bickley and Samantha Anstiss. The executive producer is Kat Lennox and series producer is Danny Fildes.