Channel 4 is adding a grime show to their line-up. The PSB has handed out a three episode series order to It’s Grime Up North, which explores 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, this is 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.
The series was commissioned for by Channel 4’s Head of Formats Dom Bird and Formats Commissioning Editor Lee McMurray. It is being produced by BBC Studios’ Auntie Productions, whose Creative Directors are Sam Bickley and Samantha Anstiss. Danny Fildes is the series producer. The executive producer is Kat Lennox. “In this fun, gritty and audacious series, we meet Blackpool’s talented young grime artists”, Anstiss said. “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.”
While Lee McMurray, Formats Commissioning Editor for Channel 4, added: “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.”