Youngers is a British comedy drama series created by Benjamin Kuffuor and Levi David Addai. It began airing on E4 on 20 March 2013. It is produced by Big Talk Productions. The series has been picked up for international distribution by BBC Worldwide.
The series follows a group of south-east London teenagers aiming to become the next big thing on the urban music scene. It opens with Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) and Jay (Calvin Demba) on their way to school to collect their GCSE results. After collecting the results, Yemi finds out he has had straight A's, whilst Jay receives poor grades. Jay then receives a leaflet about a local music competition, and pays to go and perform at the competition. At the reception, a grumpy receptionist soon enlists them as 'youngers', on the performers sheet. They deliver an excellent performance, and slowly, rise to the top of the music charts. Yemi adds his secret-crush Davina to their group, who loves Jay. Getting managed by their good friend Ash, the Youngers slowly make their way to the top of the music charts in London, however, higher they get, more problems emerge. Slowly, the group starts to fade away, as Jay and Davina get into a secret relationship to hide things from Yemi.
Production and cast:
The series was greenlit for an eight episode order in August 2012. Producer Luke Alkin said in an interview that the series is inspired by the mainstream success of British urban music, citing artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah as models for the lead characters of Jay and Yemi. Well respected UK composer Aiden Hogarth aka S.K.I.T.Z Beatz was brought into create the original soundtrack.
There was an open casting call in early 2012 for the lead roles of Jay and Yemi, where over 350 actors were seen. To audition, it was required that the actors have some rap or musical background. After Ade Oyefeso and Calvin Demba were starred, the series was filmed between September and November in Peckham. The final cast was made up of predominantly new talent including YouTube act and Brit School graduates Mandem on the Wall.
The series was declared a 'hit' after a 450,000 viewer turn out for the first episode. E4 have said, "Youngers has been a huge success, but we have to let time tell the tale from here, as the following episodes will have to be even better for it to continue." On 27 June 2013 it was announced by Morgan Jeffery on the Digital Spy Website that E4 have ordered a second series for Youngers. It is expected to be broadcast some time in 2014 with 8 new episodes with Calvin Demba, Ade Oyefeso and Shavani Seth returning, also YouTube sensation Mandem on the Wall. Since then a trailer has been released for the upcoming series and is scheduled for 7 May on E4.
Wednesday 7:30 pm
20 March 2013
8 May 2013
Original air date
"South's Finest - Part One"
20 March 2013
It's GCSE results day, and friends Yemi and Jay nervously make their way to school to find out what the future holds.
"South's Finest - Part Two"
27 March 2013
Jay and Yemi enter the world of Boxes nightclub, determined to win Mic Star. The competition doesn't seem as heavyweight as first expected, but the hostile crowd reaction lets the boys know that this won't be easy.
"For Man-dem Only"
3 April 2013
After the Boxes debacle, Jay attempts to get his phone back from Jodie, but she's not going to give it up easily.
10 April 2013
Jay begins his first day working with his dad, which brings an opportunity that he believes will propel the Youngers into the big time.
"A to B and the Apology"
17 April 2013
Jay takes it upon himself (with a little help from Davina) to create a music video to make amends for Enigma. However, without Yemi, who is struggling to get to grips with his college work, he makes a mess of things.
24 April 2013
Davina has an idea to help boost the Youngers' profile and get more online hits for their music video.
"It's All About Love"
1 May 2013
Davina's school performance approaches, but she can't get Jay out of her head. Jay does his best to be loyal to Yemi, while Yemi takes the plunge and asks Davina out, but soon discovers the real reason for her rejection.
"United We Stand"
8 May 2013
Ashley lines the Youngers up as special guests at the Avengers Krew mixtape launch night concert. But unbeknown to the others, Yemi has already started work with AK, so Jay and Davina have a heart-to-heart. They are soon offered a record label.
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