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Like all great shows about drug-dealing, Top Boy – set on an east London housing estate – couldn’t care less about drugs. Returning for the pandemic-delayed Netflix second series, the fourth if you count the first two on Channel 4 (and you must), still largely written by creator Ronan Bennett and directed by, among others, Brady Hood, there’s a pointed lack of vicarious Scarface-style thrills. Titular “Top Boy” Dushane (Ashley Walters) doesn’t shove his face into a mound of cocaine. Drugs – coded as “food” – could be cornflakes for all the ceremony they’re afforded.