BBC have confirmed that they developing a five-part sequel series to the 2021 drama film Boiling Point, with many of the film’s original cast, including Stephen Graham, and director Philip Barantini also returning to direct a few episodes.
The official synopsis for the original film is as follows:
Set in an elite London restaurant, we follow Andy, an emotionally damaged and drug addicted chef, across one crazily busy night in his top London restaurant. He has to deal with acrimonious staff, difficult customers, an old adversary and the pressures of keeping a frenetic kitchen and busy restaurant floor going.
Following the events of the film, the series is set to pick up six months later, and we find that Sous Chef Carly (Vinette Robinson) is Head Chef at her own restaurant. While the article from BBC states that many of the original cast will be reprising their roles, it only mentions Graham, Robinson, and Hannah Walters, who plays Emily.
Bart Ruspoli and Hester Ruoff, executive producers for Ascendant Fox, released a statement saying:
We were blown away by the worldwide success of the film and are really excited to bring Boiling Point back as a series for television. The show delves into the heart of the restaurant and hospitality industry where just about anything can happen between the starter and the main. We have a fantastic team of creative collaborators in Hannah, Stephen, Phil and James and the BBC, and BBC Studios are the perfect partners to bring Boiling Point to an even larger global audience.
Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters, who will also serve as executive producers for Matriarch Productions, released a statement saying:
Matriarch Productions are beyond thrilled to be bringing Boiling Point the film to the small screen. The incredible reaction to the film, its story and specifically the characters along with the huge desire to know more and delve deeper into their worlds has led us to create a drama series with the BBC in which we will keep the audience gripped, intrigued and involved in each of the characters’ journeys. Although we have hung up our feature-length one-shot boots, our audiences can still be excited by extraordinarily lengthy shots and camera techniques that will complement the pure naturalism that was the essence and soul of the film.
To be able to explore and go on a journey with our established and new characters will be a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions, but a rollercoaster you will want to keep getting back on. Our aim is to make powerful drama which reflects social realism, raising real-life issues which have an effect on each and every one of us.
Bringing the production teams back together for this project is truly wonderful and to be able to assist in the encouragement and development of talent both in front and behind the camera is paramount to Matriarch, Ascendant Fox and Made Up Productions.
Philip Barantini, who will executive produce for Made Up Productions, added:
I am so thrilled to bring Boiling Point to the small screen, enabling us to explore some of our wonderful characters further. I couldn’t imagine a better home than the BBC to be able to do that. Also, to be able to team up with Ascendant Fox and Matriarch for my new company’s first TV series has been an absolute dream.
James Cummings, who was co-writer on the original film and will be writing the entire series, added:
When we made the Boiling Point feature film, there were so many ideas left on the whiteboard that it always felt like a possibility we would come back to this world. The response to our film has been incredible and hearing the way it has resonated with people in the hospitality industry has been nothing short of amazing. Restaurants are an intersection of different people from different backgrounds, all dealing with a variety of social issues – and I am so proud to be using our series as a vehicle to tell those stories with a cast of characters that we have already fallen in love with. Food will fly and tears will fall!
Rebecca Ferguson, executive producer for the BBC, added:
Like many others, I was stunned by the absolute thrill ride that was Boiling Point. The opportunity to expand this break-out hit into five new unmissable episodes of television was too good to miss, and it’s an absolute pleasure to build on my existing relationship with Philip Barantini and work with this incredibly talented team of film makers to bring their vision to BBC One and iPlayer viewers.
Graham Drover will serve as series producer, with BBC Studios handling international distribution for the project.