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28 October 2014

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Babyfather

Linvall, Beres, Johnny and Gus

Based on Patrick Augustus's novel of the same name, Babyfather tells the story of four black men struggling with the issues of fatherhood, love and friendship.

The four episodes which make up the first series introduce viewers to Gus (David Harewood), Johnny (Don Gilet), Linvall (Fraser James) and Beres (Wil Johnson) - four 30-somethings living in and around Brixton, London.

After a life-time of shying away from commitment, Gus spends the first series falling head over heels for Salsa dance instructor Chantelle (Angela Griffin).

Johnny (Don Gilet)

Things aren't so sweet for Johnny. His long-term girlfriend, Lesley (Diane Parish), is pregnant with their second child, while his new fling, Pauline (Petra Letang) is also expecting his baby.

The first series has its ups and downs for Linvall, who quit the day job to take his photography seriously. The icing on the cake is a new relationship with Lucy, an art-gallery owner, who is keen to help Linvall make his mark.

But then Marcia, his teenage sweetheart, crawls out of the woodwork....with their 14-year-old son in tow.

Beres (Wil Johnson) with daughter

Beres's marriage collapsed when his wife ran off with another woman. After a court struggle, he manages to get custody of his beloved daughter, and then falls for his lawyer.

The second series sees Gus and Chantelle experience the highs and lows of married life. Gus is keen to build on his success with the family jewellery business, but complications always seem to be just around the corner.

Johnny's life doesn't get any simpler during series two. Jobless and homeless, Johnny has to cough up money to support Pauline's expensive tastes for baby Tarjan, and an ongoing rift with Gus results in Johnny stealing a diamond from his mate's shop.

Linvall (Fraser James) and Tia (Imogen Knight)

Linvall, meanwhile, finds out he is father to ex Lucy's baby daughter, Tia, courtesy of pictures in a gossip magazine! A brief reconciliation with the mother ends when Lucy finds Linvall in bed with a 17-year-old. Not only is Linvall left to look after baby Tia, he also has his work cut out keeping older son Eric on the right side of the law.

But it's Beres who is in real trouble in series two. His unsuccessful proposal to Caroline is soon put in context when he is diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Cast

Wil Johnson
Beres
Don Gilet
Johnny
David Harewood
Gus
Fraser James
Linvall
Evelyn Duah
Marcia
Angela Griffin
Chantelle
Billy-Claire Wright
Caroline
Diane Parish
Lesley

Crew

Avril E Russell
writer
Sharon Foster
writer
Roy Williams
writer

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