Boarders: First look images

Friday 24th November 2023, 9:26am

Boarders. Image shows left to right: Femi (Aruna Jalloh), Jaheim (Josh Tedeku), Leah (Jodie Campbell), Omar (Myles Kamwendo), Toby (Sekou Diaby)

The first images have been released of Boarders, Daniel Lawrence Taylor's new BBC Three comedy drama set in a prestigious school.

The six-part series, coming to TV in 2024, follows five talented under-privileged black students from inner-city London as they gain scholarships at St Gilbert's, an elite boarding school.

This selection of new pictures gives viewers their first glimpse of the cast including Josh Tedeku as Jaheim, Jodie Campbell as Leah, Myles Kamwendo as Omar alongside Sekou Diaby as Toby and Aruna Jalloh as Femi - both making their screen debuts.

Boarders. Image shows left to right: Femi (Aruna Jalloh), Omar (Myles Kamwendo)
Boarders. Jaheim (Josh Tedeku)

Derek Riddell will play headmaster Bernard, and Niky Wardley will play Carol Watlington-Geese, Chair of the Board.

Boarders. Image shows left to right: Bernard (Derek Riddell), Carol Watlington-Geese (Niky Wardley)

Daniel Lawrence Taylor will also appear on screen playing Gus, a mentor figure to St Gilbert's five newest students.

Boarders. Gus (Daniel Lawrence Taylor)

As previously announced, additional cast include Harry Gilby, Tallulah Greive, Rosie Graham and Georgina Sadler, plus Assa Kanoutè and Archie Fisher making their screen debuts.

Boarders. Image shows left to right: Beatrix (Tallulah Greive), Florence (Rosie Graham), Abby (Assa Kanoute)
Boarders. Image shows left to right: Cheddar (Archie Fisher), Femi (Aruna Jalloh)
Boarders. Image shows left to right: Jaheim (Josh Tedeku), Toby (Sekou Diaby), Rupert (Harry Gilby)

The BBC and production company Studio Lambert explain: "Boarders is a high energy, coming of age comedy drama. Following a problematic viral video involving a student, our leads are offered sixth form scholarships to St Gilbert's, in an attempt to rehabilitate the image of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious schools.

"They soon find themselves in a world they can only describe as something out of Harry Potter, surrounded by lush playing fields, cloistered grandeur and complex social rules which they must decipher quickly in order to survive. They will go on a journey as they learn about themselves, their identity and what it's like to live alongside the one percent - which they discover is nothing like life as they knew it."

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