Daniel Lawrence Taylor creates comedy drama Boarders for BBC Three

Monday 1st August 2022, 4:09pm

  • Comedy drama Boarders focuses on underprivileged black students who win scholarships to an elite boarding school
  • The six-part BBC Three series has been created by Timewasters writer and star Daniel Lawrence Taylor
  • He says: "I've bagged myself some of the most exciting Black British voices to help me bring this show to the screen"
Daniel Lawrence Taylor

BBC Three has ordered Boarders, a comedy drama series that follows the lives of five underprivileged black students from inner-city London who win scholarships to an elite boarding school.

The six-part series has been created by Timewasters writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor.

Talking about the plot, the BBC explains: "Stepping out of the urban metropolis and into a world they can only describe as something out of Harry Potter, our leads will experience the highs and lows of boarding school: learning about themselves, their identity and what life on the other side looks like - which they discover is nothing like life in Zone 3.

"From fun and independence to pressure and competition, first crushes, forging friendships and making enemies, Boarders will look at the experience of going to a top public school from a unique perspective. These kids may be outsiders but they're determined to prove themselves - and shake things up along the way. The new boarders have arrived."

Daniel Lawrence Taylor acts as the lead writer on the series, and he's joined in the writers' room by Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa, Ryan Calais Cameron and script editor Missy Howard.

Susan Hogg from production company Studio Lambert says: "We are so excited to bring this bold and original series to BBC Three and iPlayer. Daniel has the courage to tackle a tough premise through the lens of comedy. Boarders is at once heartfelt and hilarious".

Daniel Lawrence Taylor comments: "As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow momentum, and the world is becoming more aware of black struggles in white institutions, a show like Boarders has never been more relevant or ripe for comedy. Working with [production company] Studio Lambert and the BBC has been an absolute joy, and I've also bagged myself some of the most exciting Black British voices to help me bring this show to the screen."

BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell adds: "We couldn't be happier that Boarders will be coming to BBC Three and to be working with Daniel and this fantastic team of writers. He is an incredible talent and like the best series do, we know this one will make audiences laugh and will leave them thinking."

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