Babou Ceesay (AD: The Bible Continues, National Treasure) and Wunmi Mosaku (Capital, Scott & Bailey) have been set as the leads in Our Loved Boy, BBC One’s feature-length Damilola Taylor drama, TVWise has learned.
Our Loved Boy goes “behind the headlines” and focuses on the impact of the murder of 10 year old Damilola Taylor on the family. The one-off drama will tell the story from the Taylor family’s perspective; beginning with their journey from Lagos to London, through the emotional repercussions of Damilola’s death and their quest for justice.
Babou Ceesay will play Damilola’s father, Richard Taylor OBE; while Wunmi Mosaku has been cast as Damilola’s mother Grace, who passed away from a heart attack in 2008. The BBC confirmed that a newcomer will play Damilola Taylor, but, beyond stating that he is a 12-year-old schoolboy born and raised in South London, fell short of revealing who had been cast to take on the role.
Levi David Addai penned the script for the drama, which is his first project for the BBC. “I’ve been a fan of Babou and Wunmi for many years, and I’m absolutely delighted that they will be leading this fantastic cast”, he said. “This story is about family, fatherhood and hope. Albeit a huge responsibility, I am very determined to do it justice.”
Independent production company Minnow Films are producing, with Sue Horth on-board as the producer, while Colin Barr will executive produce. Capital and Happy Valley helmer Euros Lyn is attached to direct the drama, which is being made with the consent and support of Damilola’s father Richard Taylor OBE. Production is now underway in London.