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‘Champion’ by Candice Carty-Williams is a love letter to Black British music

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Here at RUSSH we're a loyal crowd. Once hooked, you're stuck with us forever. This theory can be applied to the oeuvre of author and now, showrunner, Candice Carty-Williams. After publishing her absorbing first novel Queenie in 2019, and following it up with People Person in 2022, we're in it for the long run. Which is why it's time we spoke about Carty-Williams newly released debut TV series, Champion. Find all the details, below.

What is Champion about?

As a writer known for her portraits of modern Black British life, it should come as no surprise that Champion plays in this field too. Over eight episodes, the BBC series introduces us to the Champions, a Jamaican family from Lewisham, south London. Bosco, the 25-year-old rapper and golden child, has just gotten out of prison and is back performing to devoted crowds. But Bosco's star appears to be fading and his overlooked sister Vita, a talented musician in her own right, is ready to step up with the encouragement of Bosco's rival Bulla. What ensues is a boisterous sibling rival soundtracked by drill and patois.

Who else is involved?

Written by Carty-Williams and produced by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Champion has united a uniquely Black British cast. Malcolm Kamulete of Top Boy fame plays the role of Bosco and newcomer Déja J. Bowens stars as Vita. Meanwhile grime pioneer Ghetts is music executive for the show, responsible for reeling in other musicians like Shola Ama, M1llionz, Toddla T, MNEK who all contributed music to the song-heavy series.

Where can I watch it?

Champion debuted on July 1 via BBC One in Ireland and the UK, with all episodes available on BBC iPlayer. However, the streaming rights for Champion were snapped up by Netflix back in 2022 so we can expect a release on the platform in the near future.

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