Damilola, Our Loved Boy

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Damilola, Our Loved Boy
True crime
Written byLevi David Addai
Directed byEuros Lyn
StarringBabou Ceesay
Wunmi Mosaku
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerColin Barr[1]
ProducerSusan Horth[1]
Running time87 minutes[1]
Production companyMinnow Films[1]
Original networkBBC One
Original release7 November 2016 (2016-11-07)

Damilola, Our Loved Boy is a British television film about the events surrounding the 27 November 2000 death of Damilola Taylor.[2] The film aired on BBC One on 7 November 2016, and was written by Levi David Addai, directed by Euros Lyn, and starred Babou Ceesay and Wunmi Mosaku.[1] The film received three nominations at the 2017 British Academy Television Awards, winning Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress for Mosaku.[3]



Critical reception[edit]

The Telegraph's Michael Hogan gave the film four stars out of five, calling it a "terrific piece of TV" and a "fitting tribute". Hogan also praised the "superb" performances from Babou Ceesay and Wunmi Mosaku, and noted that Sammy Kamara as Damilola was "luminous and full of life".[4]

The Guardian's Sam Wollaston called the film a "quietly powerful, affecting drama" and praised the performances from Mosaku, Juwon Adedokun, and in particular, Ceesay.[5]


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
2017 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Babou Ceesay Nominated [3]
Best Supporting Actress Wunmi Mosaku Won
Best Single Drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy Won


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Damilola, Our Loved Boy". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  2. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (7 November 2016). "Damilola, Our Loved Boy – the 16 years of agony behind one boy's shocking death". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b "Bafta TV awards 2017: full list of winners". The Guardian. 14 May 2017.
  4. ^ Hogan, Michael (7 November 2016). "Damilola, Our Loved Boy turned a tragic tale for our times into a powerful drama – review". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ Wollaston, Sam (8 November 2016). "Damilola, Our Loved Boy review – it's unbearable, knowing where this is going". The Guardian.

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