ITV announces casting and commencement of filming for glossy, high stakes family drama, Riches, written and created by Abby Ajayi and produced by Greenacre Films.
Deborah Ayorinde stars as Nina, the estranged daughter of self-made millionaire Stephen Richards played by Hugh Quarshie.
Sarah Niles plays Stephen’s second wife, Claudia, and Brendan Coyle is Stephen’s trusted advisor and confidante, Gideon. Hermione Norris will play Stephen’s long-standing and faithful PA, Maureen Dawson.
The cast also includes Adeyinka Akinrinade (Top Boy, Temple), Ola Orebiyi (Cherry, A Brixton Tale), CJ Beckford (Sitting in Limbo, The Trial of Christine Keeler), Nneka Okoye (Grantchester, The A List) and Emmanuel Imani (Cobra, Black Earth Rising).
Riches focuses upon the exploits of the brash, super-successful and wealthy Richards family, and is written and created by Abby Ajayi (How To Get Away With Murder, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Inventing Anna).
Abby Ajayi said: “Riches is a love letter to Black London and it has been thrilling to create the Richards' family and celebrate their opulence, their ambition and their immigrant grit. Our talented ensemble of actors are a joy and I’m excited to be partnering with Amazon and ITV, working alongside the powerhouses of Greenacre Films and Monumental Television to bring this show to the screen.”
ITV's Head Of Drama, Polly Hill, said: “Abby’s scripts are brilliant, full of family feuds in a world of privilege and power that surprise and entertain. We are delighted with the brilliant cast we have, and can’t wait to see them bring Abby’s characters to life. It promises to be a real treat for the ITV audience next year.”
Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks for Greenacre Films: “We are delighted to be working with Polly Hill and ITV to bring Abby Ajayi’s brilliant scripts to life and thrilled to be working with such a great team in Amazon Studios and Monumental Television.”
Riches will air in 2022 on ITV.