I caught up with Ashley Walters (Dushane), Kane Robinson (aka Kano aka Sully) and newcomer Lorraine Burroughs at a recent BFI screening ahead of the second series of Top Boy.
This time around, Summerhouse comes head-to-head with the world of organised crime, property development and corporate greed. And the police start to close in on past crimes that come back to haunt Dushane and Sully - forcing them together once more. Lorraine Burroughs joins the series as a character called Rhianna.
What's Sully's relationship like with Dushane at the start of the new series?
Kane: As the series starts, we're not really seeing eye-to-eye. After last season, he still feels a bit hard done by with Dushane leaving him and telling him - "You're too much of a liability." He obviously feels a little bit betrayed by Dushane and they're just not on speaking terms you know?
He's not seen him now for a while and that's just how it is. Obviously there's still a bond there, they went through so much together, so there's still love there. I don't want to see him harmed in any way, and he wouldn't want to see my harmed in any way but we're just not friends at the moment - not at the start.
We meet each other because we have a common problem, which is something to do with the Police and something we've done together a while back.
Why do you think Top Boy fans will be excited for series 2?
Ashley: I think mainly because they've had to wait so long for it to be honest. It's like when musicians make their first album it's like two or three years worth of blood, sweat and tears and then the label forces you to onto making something else but you haven't really been through the same experiences yet and you need that space and time.
That's how I see Top Boy, on my Twitter and that people never stop waiting for it. Every day without fail I've been getting - "When's it coming? When's it coming?" I think it gave everyone a slice of life that they weren't expecting to see on terrestrial TV. You only really see that kind of thing in American TV but this is Channel 4 being edgy and risky.
Lorraine, you're new to Top Boy playing a character called Rhianna. What was it like for you coming into the show and had you seen it before?
Lorraine: Yeah, I did watch the show before and also I saw the hype that it had. Because when it first went out I was out of the country and when I came back to everyone saying "Top Boy. Top Boy. Top Boy." So when I watched it I was really intrigued to see it, and it was such a slice of real life in a way that some people were scared of, and I was hearing all sorts of views - from girls and guys.
So when I was asked to be in it, I jumped at the chance because I thought there's nothing else really like this out there.
I think this is going to have a huge impact, because people now are waiting for it because last time people didn't know what to expect, but now people love it so they're on tender hooks to find out what the next one is going to be like. So yeah, I was definitely proud to jump on board with it.
How would you best describe Rhianna and what do you think she brings to Top Boy?
Lorraine: I think she brings a strong female influence into it and also a romantic element into it - but at the same time she's not soft. She's a character that I hope other females can watch and feel proud. Showing men that it's not just a man's show.
Did you ever think during the first series that there would be a second?
Ashley: I didn't, no. I don't think anyone did if I'm honest with you.
Kane: No, nobody did. I think it was, from Ronan's point of view, written as a one time thing. I think for Cowboy and Channel 4 it was the same, but it was so well received and turned out so good they wanted to do season two. So really, it's the people's show.
They spoke, they really spoke on social media,. I remember speaking to Cowboy, the production company that make Top Boy, and they said that they never really understood social media and how they can get so involved and help the promotion of the show. Actually (laughs) for two years, they've still been promoting the show talking about how good it was.
Do you think that social media is responsible for Top Boy's success?