Damilola Taylor BBC drama premiers in Soho

News Desk (06 October, 2016)

The feature-length programme will be shown on BBC1 this autumn

10344Babou Ceesay playing Richard Taylor (centre right) with Wunmi Mosaku playing Gloria Taylor (centre left)


The TV drama Our Loved Boy, telling the story of Damilola Taylor’s family after his killing, will be premiered in Soho today.

The feature-length programme will be shown on BBC1 this autumn, after it was screened at The Dolby in Soho Square at 10am followed by a Q&A.

In the year 2000, ten-year-old Damilola’s life was taken from him when he was stabbed with a glass bottle by two youths.

His killers, brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie, were aged twelve and thirteen when they were given eight-year sentences for manslaughter.

Our Loved Boy was written by award-winning screenwriter and playwright, Levi David Addai. The story is told from the point of view of the Taylor family. It explores their journey from Lagos to London, and the emotional repercussions they experienced in their quest for justice.

Damilola’s father, who founded the Damilola Taylor Centre at the North Peckham Estate, will be played by actor Babou Ceesay.

Mr Taylor’s late wife, Gloria, will be played by Wunmi Mosaku, who said: “It’s humbling to be a part of Our Loved Boy. Damilola’s smile still resonates deeply within the UK and beyond”

Damilola will be played by a twelve-year-old schoolboy born and raised in south London.


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