Damilola, Our Loved Boy
|Damilola, Our Loved Boy|
|Written by||Levi David Addai|
|Directed by||Euros Lyn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer||Colin Barr|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Production company||Minnow Films|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||7 November 2016|
Damilola, Our Loved Boy is a British television film about the events surrounding the 27 November 2000 death of Damilola Taylor. 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. The film received three nominations at the 2017 British Academy Television Awards, winning Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress for Mosaku.
- Babou Ceesay as Richard Taylor
- Wunmi Mosaku as Gloria Taylor
- Juwon Adedokun as Tunde Taylor
- Sammy Kamara as Damilola Taylor
- Juma Sharkah as Gbemi Taylor
- Robert Pugh as DCI Nick Ephgrave
- Raphel Famotibe as Dapo
- McKell David as Nathan
- Shola Adewusi as Auntie Dorcas
- Megan Parkinson as Leanne
- John Hollingworth as Detective Wallace
- Gamba Cole as Junior
- Eugene Wanangwa Khumbanyiwa as Pastor Peter
- Alfie Browne-Sykes as Will
- Muna Otaru as Tayo
- Naomi Ackie as Council Worker
- Doc Brown as Cab Driver
- Jud Charlton as Prosecution Barrister
- Richard Pepple as Defence Barrister
- Mario Demetriou as Male Witness
- Wanda Opalinska as Pathologist
- Imogen Byron as Witness Bromley
- Anthony Adjekum as Chris
- Ian Bonar as Damilola's Teacher
- Shanice Sewell as Passionate Youth
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".
|List of awards and nominations|
|2017||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actor||Babou Ceesay||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Wunmi Mosaku||Won|
|Best Single Drama||Damilola, Our Loved Boy||Won|
- "Damilola, Our Loved Boy". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
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- "Bafta TV awards 2017: full list of winners". The Guardian. 14 May 2017.
- Hogan, Michael (7 November 2016). "Damilola, Our Loved Boy turned a tragic tale for our times into a powerful drama – review". The Telegraph.
- Wollaston, Sam (8 November 2016). "Damilola, Our Loved Boy review – it's unbearable, knowing where this is going". The Guardian.