‘Boarders’: BBC Three Orders Comedy-Drama From ‘Timewasters’ Daniel Lawrence Taylor

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01 Aug 22

‘Boarders’: BBC Three Orders Comedy-Drama From ‘Timewasters’ Daniel Lawrence Taylor

BBC Three has given a series order to BAFTA nominated Daniel Lawrence Taylor (‘Timewasters’) for Boarders, a new coming-of-age comedy-drama which follows the lives of five underprivileged black students from inner-city London who win scholarships to an elite boarding school.

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.

The series comes from actor/writer Daniel Lawrence Taylor, whose previous ITV2 show ‘Timewasters’ was nominated for a BAFTA for best-scripted comedy, and won the 2018 Royal Television Society award for Best Breakthrough. He was also a 2018 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. This new six-part series is produced by Studio Lambert (‘The Nest’, ‘Three Girls’).

“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,” comments Taylor. “Working with 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”.

Joining Daniel in the ‘Boarders’ writers room will be Emma Dennis-Edwards (‘Dreamland’, ‘Timewasters’), Yemi Oyefuwa (‘Six Foot Something’) and Ryan Calais Cameron (‘The Flatshare’, ‘Queenie’). The series will be script edited by Studio Lambert’s Missy Howard.

“We are so excited to bring this bold and original series to BBC Three and iPlayer,” adds Susan Hogg, Head of Drama, Studio Lambert. “Daniel has the courage to tackle a tough premise through the lens of comedy. Boarders is at once heartfelt and hilarious.”

‘Boarders’ has been commissioned by Ben Irving, Acting Director of Drama, and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three. It will be Executive Produced by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Susan Hogg and Maddie Sinclair for Studio Lambert, and Ayela Butt and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

“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,” said Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three. “He is an incredible talent and like the best series do, we know this one will make audiences laugh and will leave them thinking.”

Boarders‘ does not yet have a premiere date but will air on BBC Three in the UK. If you want to keep track of this or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when they get a UK premiere date.