ITV has commissioned the six-part drama Riches, produced by Greenacre Films and written and created by Abby Ajayi.
Riches follows Stephen Richards, a businessman who has built his life and business empire around the fact everything he touches turns to gold. After abandoning his first wife and two older children, Nina and Simon, he continues to live the “good life” with his new, younger wife and their children together. Meanwhile, Nina and Simon have established themselves as business people in their own right. When Stephen suffers a stroke that leaves his life hanging in the balance, his children collide in a complicated family reunion.
Banijay Rights will be responsible for international distribution of the drama on behalf of Greenacre Films.
Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, 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.”
Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks, producers from Greenacre Films, said: “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 Richards to the 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.”
Abby Ajayi added: “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.”