How To Get Away With Murder writer and story editor pens a six-part family drama produced by Greenacre Films.
ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned a six-part drama, Riches, about the exploits of the super-successful and wealthy
Richards family, written by Abby Ajayi (How To Get Away With Murder, Four Weddings And A Funeral) and produced by Unsaid
Stories and Been So Long producers, Greenacre Films.
Abby Ajayi’s witty and deftly written scripts introduce us to Stephen Richards a successful self-made businessman, who always gets his own way. He’s built his life and business empire around the fact everything he touches turns to gold. Even abandoning his first wife and two older children, Nina and Simon, turned out well for him. After 20 years of success, Stephen’s at the helm of his multi-million-pound cosmetics empire and is reaping the rewards of his business acumen and ambitions.
He’s a great advocate for black-owned business, powerful, driven, and impassioned, and with a glamourous, younger second wife, Claudia, life is never dull. Along with their adult children, Alesha, Gus, and Wanda they love spending their hard-earned cash. The Richards are all about the good life and they’ve earned it. In New York, Nina and Simon have established themselves as business people in their own right but when Stephen suffers a stroke, the family’s world comes tumbling down. His older and younger children are about to collide, his empire is at stake as secrets and lies rise to the surface this is bound to be an ill-fated family reunion.
Abby Ajayi stated: “The brash, complicated and indefatigable Richards family are a joy to write and I am thrilled that this contemporary story about a Black British family and their ambitions has found a home at ITV with its enviable track record of popular dramas. I’m delighted to be working with Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks who have long proven their commitment to entertaining, inclusive storytelling.”
Riches will begin filming in London and New York during the early part of 2021. The film will be produced by Greenacre Films (Michaela Cole’s Been So Long), an independent production company founded by award-winning producers Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks. Banijay Rights is distributing the series internationally.
Commented Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks: “It’s fantastic to be back working with Polly and ITV on this compelling and nuanced series and to be working with the incredibly talented Abby Ajayi to bring the Richard’s to screen is an absolute joy. We think that it’s going to be a lot of fun and can’t wait to bring such an entertaining and brilliant family into people’s homes.”
Polly Hill head of drama at ITV said: “I am so proud to be making this show with Greenacre Films. Abby’s scripts are brilliant and have you hooked into the story of the Richards family from the start. It’s aspirational, entertaining storytelling about power and success, but it’s also a brilliant family drama. I think it will be a compelling and addictive show to watch.”
Details of key production personnel and casting will be announced closer to filming commencing.