The A List

Friendship, romance, betrayal and dark secrets in coming of age drama The A List

The A List promises to be a thrilling, chilling treat and Mia and Amber are clearly trouble - I can’t wait for the audience to meet them!Amy Buscombe
Date: 25.10.2018     Last updated: 25.10.2018 at 00.01
Category: BBC iPlayer; Drama
Friendship, romance, betrayal and a whole host of dark secrets are at the heart of new BBC coming of age drama The A List.

Landing on BBC iPlayer as a complete boxset, The A List (13x25’) explores the lives, loves and pasts of a group of teens in an intense crucible of powerful and addictive drama.

Mia (Lisa Ambalavanar) is at camp under huge duress. Sent by her busy parents this isn’t her idea of a perfect summer, but the late arrival of mysterious new girl Amber (Ellie Duckles) brings out her competitive nature and a battle to be Queen Bee ensues. Set in what appears to be an idyllic summer camp, it’s not long before dark secrets will turn the holiday of a lifetime into a twisted nightmare.

Amber is confident, glamorous and effortlessly charming. Her rivalry with Mia is instant and as the pair go head to head it soon becomes apparent that this is much more than a popularity contest. Amber is not a normal girl; she has powers, they are growing and they are dangerous.

Amy Buscombe, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: “The A List promises to be a thrilling, chilling treat and Mia and Amber are clearly trouble - I can’t wait for the audience to meet them!"

Anne Brogan, Executive Producer, Kindle Entertainment, says: “It has been a complete joy to work with such a talented team on The A List. The young cast have brought the characters created by Nina Metivier and Dan Berlinka, the head writers, to life in an utterly and compelling way, making a drama that is gripping and emotionally charged.”

Filmed in remote locations in Scotland to imbue the show with a stunningly beautiful world in contrast to the psychological tension of the drama, The A List was made by Kindle Entertainment for the BBC. It was commissioned by Cheryl Taylor for the BBC and is executive produced by Amy Buscombe for the BBC and Anne Brogan for Kindle Entertainment. It was created and written by Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier, with three episodes written by Kate Davidson. The series was directed by Patrick Harkins, Jim Shields and Dan Berlinka and produced by Sandra MacIver.

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Character biogs

Mia (Lisa Ambalavanar)
The quintessential Mean Girl, she’s gorgeous - and oh does she know it - but it’s her confidence that makes her attractive. She’s achieved a blend of charm, swagger and flattery laced with domination that means every girl wants to be her and every guy wants to date her.

Lisa Ambalavanar says: “I absolutely loved getting to tell such a thrilling, well-written story and playing a strong female lead in a series that is packed full of inspiring role models. The cast is very diverse and representative of today’s youth but without stereotyping, and that is so important. The whole cast is just amazing and it was a pleasure to be around them, learning from them every day. I don’t think there’s been a show quite like this for young people in the UK before and that’s very exciting!”

Amber (Ellie Duckles)
Underneath her Disney Princess exterior is a psychological predator, capable of ripping your self-esteem to shreds with an innocent sounding comment. And yet despite her deadly nature there’s something fragile about her, an ethereal grace that draws you in.

Ellie Duckles says: “Playing Amber was a challenge but an exciting one.  Her supernatural powers and manipulative game plan were thrilling. I wouldn’t have expected to enjoy playing the villain as much as I did!”

Dev (Jacob Dudman)
Good looking, charming and easy going in the way that only people who’ve had it relatively easy can ever be. Dev thinks of himself as something of a ‘white knight’. He has always been the hero but he’s never before come up against the combined forces of girls like Amber and Mia.  

Jacob Dudman says: “At first glance, The A List may look like a ‘teen drama’, but people who watch the show will see that it’s got a foot in every genre - horror, romcom, sci-fi - the works. It’s a show made with love for all audiences. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Alex (Rosie Dwyer)
The lone wolf wrapped in sarcasm and acerbic one-liners, although her bark is worse than her bite. Ever the pragmatist, she has very little patience for anything frivolous or vapid. She also completely rejects any heteronormative expectations.

Kayleigh (Savannah Baker)
Sweet, and slightly vapid, she’s a Beta by both design and by preference. She’d have no idea what to do with the spotlight if she ever got it and so prefers to blossom under the guiding light of others.

Brendan (Micheal Ward)
The dominant half of the Zac and Brendan double act, he’s the brawn rather than the brains. Despite his considerable bravado, his body (which he takes meticulous care of) may look good but his emotional intelligence still leaves something to be desired.

Zac (Jack Kane)
Smaller in stature but bigger in heart, Zac is more sensitive than Brendan. When they were younger that meant that Brendan always had the upper hand and he never questioned that but now that he’s older he’s just on the cusp of realising that maybe this isn’t always a good thing.

Harry (Benjamin Nugent)
A childhood illness left him with lingering health (and general) anxiety issues, an encyclopedic general knowledge gained through reading whilst in quarantine and underdeveloped social skills. He’s academically intelligent but he’s all theory and no practice, he’s never really been out in the world and so it all seems quite scary to him.

Jenna  (Eleanor Bennett)
A supporting character who fancies herself as the leading lady. She comes from a theatre background so she’s used to always having the spotlight, which she loves, more for the attention than the artistic integrity although she would never admit it!

Petal (Georgina Sadler)
A dreamer and an optimist; she believes in everyone and everything. Raised in the country by an unconventional but loving family she radiates positivity and light. 

Mags (Nneka Okoye)
A well-meaning Mother Hen who just wants everyone at the camp to get along. There’s more to her than meets the eye though and over the course of the series we’ll discover that beneath her cheery façade lies a dark secret. 

Dave (Cian Barry)
Cheery and sincere, Dave is a complete dorky dad-in-waiting with terrible jokes and an enthusiasm for the outdoors.