Champion the story of when fame collides with family life

An original drama series from Candice Carty-Williams, Champion tells the story of what happens when fame collides with family.

“Champion is a celebration of black music and a black family, however, fragmented that family might be. Since I knew what music was, I’ve loved grime and UK rap and neo-soul, to the point of obsession, and to bring to a primetime slot a series that gives these genres of music life and texture is absolutely amazing, as is getting to work with some of the best producers making music today to create original tracks for the show.” – Candice Carty-Williams

Bosco Champion. The golden boy of the Champion family and a UK rap sensation before he was jailed is home from prison, and he’s ready to dominate the music industry once more. Since she can remember, his younger sister Vita has been his personal assistant, running around after him, getting him out of trouble and hiding his various misdemeanours.

However, when Vita’s own talent is discovered by Bosco’s rival, Belly, she steps out of her brother’s shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another in their quest to both reach the top spot in the charts and to be the star of the family.

Even their parents, soundman turned radio DJ Beres and nineties R&B one-hit-wonder Aria, can’t stop Bosco and Vita from splitting the Champion family down the middle as they go head to head in a very public and messy battle. In fact, it might be in their best interests to keep Bosco and Vita apart…

A love letter to Black British music set in south London, Champion is the celebration of a sound that has long been the beating heart of our culture.

“I can’t think of anywhere else Champion could sit but the BBC and I’m looking forward to everyone seeing a show that they have never seen before.”  – Candice Carty-Williams

Champion is a co-production from Balloon Entertainment and New Pictures for BBC One. Casting details have not yet been released. Production will begin later this year.

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