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Week 51 2022 : Sat 17 Dec - Fri 23 Dec
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Full series drop on ITVX on Thursday 22 December.
Riches follows the exploits of the stylish, privileged and super-successful Richards family led by London based business mogul Stephen Richards (Hugh Quarshie).
With his sudden death his family are left in disarray at the return of his estranged American daughter and son, Nina and Simon, played by Deborah Ayorinde (Them, Harriet, Luke Cage) and Emmanuel Imani (Cobra, Black Earth Rising).
Their arrival from New York is the catalyst for a messy showdown with Stephen’s wife, Claudia, Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso, I May Destroy You), and children from their marriage Adeyinka Akrinrade (Top Boy, Temple), Ola Orebiyi (Cherry, A Brixton Tale), Nneka Okoye (Grantchester, The A List), as both factions vie for control of the family black hair and beauty empire, Flair & Glory.
Caught in the midst of the power struggle for control of Flair & Glory are Andre, played by CJ Beckford (The Trial of Christine Keeler), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet, Luther), who plays Stephen’s loyal PA, Maureen, and Stephen’s confidante and legal advisor, Gideon, played by Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey). British model Jourdan Dunn also stars as Davina in her breakout acting role.
The series is produced by Greenacre Films in association with Monumental Television, and commissioned for airing on ITVX and later ITV1.
Amazon Studios have co-produced the series and will air in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Nordics, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nadine Marsh-Edwards (Unsaid Stories, Been So Long) and Amanda Jenks (The Girl, Been So Long) alongside writer and creator Abby Ajayi are executive producers for Greenacre Films, and Alison Owen (Ghosts, Harlots, Murder in Provence) and Alison Carpenter (Ghosts, Harlots, Yonderland) are executive producers for Monumental Television.
Riches is produced by Yvonne Francas (The Syndicate, Our Girl, Death in Paradise) and directed by Sebastian Thiel, Abby Ajayi, and Darcia Martin.
Episode 1: See Trouble Coming
Following sudden and devastating circumstances in the Richards family, Nina and Simon, the estranged children of Stephen Richards are brought back to the UK. A surprising turn of events regarding the future of the family's hair and cosmetics empire Flair and Glory, brings the reunited family into collision.
Episode 2: Wrong and Strong
Tensions continue to brew in the aftermath of Stephen’s will. Claudia furiously works to regain Flair & Glory for her family. Meanwhile, as Nina acquaints herself with the business, a social media complaint against the company spirals, and she makes a shocking discovery that reveals Flair & Glory’s true state of affairs.
Episode 3: Black On Both Sides
As the Richards gear up for the biggest event of the year for Flair & Glory, news of the embezzlement comes as a blow to Claudia and Nina’s half-siblings. Gus receives some awaited information, and Nina’s suspicions turn to a once-trusted employee. To Claudia’s pleasure, Andre uncovers a fact of the business that will have big ramifications for Nina in her fight to retain Flair & Glory.
Episode 4: The Master’s Tools
Andre makes good on his promise and finds an investor for Claudia. Meanwhile, Nina and Claudia vie for shareholders’ votes in their bids for control of the business. A damning article leaves Nina exposed and more discoveries emerge during the vote. An uncomfortable truth surfaces for Wanda, while Nina continues her search for the missing money.
Episode 5: What Needs To Be Done
Nina’s trip in Zurich sheds light on Oyin and a past she’d buried. In London, Alesha and Gus have doubts about the new investors. A startling piece of evidence changes the fate of the business for Claudia and Nina, and Wanda confronts Luke. Desperate for answers, Alesha turns to someone she trusts for help. Claudia takes a break away while Nina is on to the perpetrator of the missing money.
Episode 6: Forgive, Maybe. Forget, Never.
A light at the end of the tunnel emerges as Alesha, Gus and Wanda finally get Stephen’s safe open, though Alesha is baffled by what she finds. On the back of Alesha’s discovery, Claudia rushes back home. Together with Simon, Nina confronts Oyin about her revelation in Zurich. With the thief revealed, Nina goes after the culprit. Simon and Nina review Stephen’s will, while Maureen finds solace away from Flair & Glory.
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