The team behind the critically acclaimed series, Top Boy will join an exclusive masterclass, and Edinburgh Does Question Time returns, tackling the industry’s most important issues at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

Actors, Ashley Walters (Bulletproof, Sugarhouse) and Micheal Ward (The A List, Blue Story); actor and rapper, Simbi Ajikawo ‘Little Simz’; creator and writer, Ronan Bennett and executive producer, Charles Steel join the TV Festival line-up to discuss the British drama, that will return to Netflix with a new season later this year.

Set on a housing estate in East London, Top Boy is a gritty street drama that authentically depicts the real life of drug dealers, street hustle and the communities surrounding them in London today.

The masterclass, ‘From Street to Screen’, will take delegates behind-the-scenes of writing such gripping drama and mentoring the next generation of directing talent, the importance of representing and staying true to the raw and very real nature of what is happening on our streets today and how Drake was involved in bringing the series back to our screens.

“Top Boy hit the headlines, not only for its very real portrayal of young people living on a London estate, but also for its sudden departure from our screens. Fast-forward four years, add one Canadian rapper, Netflix as broadcaster, and the formidable writing and production team, and we have the highly-anticipated new series due this autumn. To have this sneak peek with the writers and actors is hugely exciting.”

CEO & Festival Director, Lisa Campbell

Ashley Walters, Top Boy

Thorny issues of contributor care, regional and local production and online regulation will be taking centre stage as Edinburgh does Question Time returns for not one but two panels at this year’s festival. In a year when our industry has made major headlines and invoked parliamentary inquiry, the session will host double the number of policy makers, broadcasters and talent, and double the debate on the most important issues facing the future of the television industry in 2019.

Joining the line-up so far across the panels will be: outgoing Ofcom chief, Sharon White; BBC Two Controller, Patrick Holland; All3Media COO and Chair of PACT, Sara Geater; BBC Studios Director of Content, Ralph Lee and coming back for more, Damian Collins, Conservative MP and Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. These industry experts will be bringing their own varied, experienced and unbridled perspectives to the discussion, helmed by Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.

“The industry’s most burning questions such as diversity, regulation and duty of care will be covered in our Question Time panels, provoking debate and discussion from key figures, in what will be must-see sessions.”

CEO & Festival Director, Lisa Campbell