Riches (TV series)

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Created byAbby Ajayi
Directed by
Music byVince Pope
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
ProducerYvonne Francas
  • Oli Russell
  • Tom Hines
  • Daniel Stafford-Clark
  • Helen Murphy
  • Matteo Bini
  • Becky Trotman
Production companies
Original network
Original release2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)

Riches is a British drama television series created by Abby Ajayi, starring Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie, and Sarah Niles. It premiered on 22 December 2022 in the United Kingdom, first on ITVX before airing on ITV on 30 June 2023. It premiered on Amazon Prime Video in the United States on 2 December 2022.


Stephen Richards, a self-made man, has built a cosmetics empire and become a strong advocate for Black-owned businesses. After he has a heart attack, there is a fight for control over his empire. His family's secrets come to the forefront, and the lives of his children from his two marriages begin to collide.[1][2]


  • Deborah Ayorinde as Nina Richards
  • Hugh Quarshie as Stephen Richards
  • Sarah Niles as Claudia Richards
  • Brendan Coyle as Gideon Havelock
  • Hermione Norris as Maureen Dawson
  • Adeyinka Akinrinade as Alesha Richards
  • Ola Orebiyi as Gus Richards
  • C.J. Beckford as Andre Scott-Clarke
  • Nneka Okoye as Wanda Richards
  • Emmanuel Imani as Simon Richards
  • Liran Nathan as Ido


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"See Trouble Coming"Sebastian ThielAbby Ajayi2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
2"Wrong and Strong"Sebastian ThielAbby Ajayi2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
3"Black on Both Sides"Darcia MartinAbby Ajayi2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
4"The Master's Tools"Abby AjayiAbby Ajayi, Tumi Belo2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
5"What Needs to Be Done"Darcia MartinAbby Ajayi2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)
6"Forgive, Maybe. Forget, Never."Darcia MartinAbby Ajayi2 December 2022 (2022-12-02)


On 15 October 2020, it was announced that ITV had commissioned Greenacre Films to make a six-part series about a wealthy family dealing with a tragic event, created, written, and executive produced by Abby Ajayi.[4][5] It is executive produced by Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amanda Jenks of Greenacre, and Alison Owen and Alison Carpenter of Monumental Television, and produced by Yvonne Francas.[4][5]

On 11 November 2021, it was reported that Deborah Ayorinde and Hugh Quarshie had been cast as series leads, and that Sarah Niles, Brendan Coyle, Hermione Norris, Adeyinka Akinrinade, Ola Orebiyi, C.J. Beckford, Nneka Okoye, and Emmanuel Imani had also been cast.

Principal photography commenced in London in November 2021. It was also filmed in New York.[4][6]


All six episodes of the series premiered on Prime Video on 2 December 2022, in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Nordics, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on ITVX in the UK on 22 December 2022.[2][7]


  1. ^ Goldbart, Max (11 November 2021). "Amazon Studios Boards ITV's 'Succession'-Like Drama 'Riches'; Deborah Ayorinde And Hugh Quarshie Join Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b Zee, Michaela (3 October 2022). "Fox Sports Films Announces David Ortiz Documentary 'Legend of the Fall'". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – Riches on Amazon". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Kanter, Jake (15 October 2020). "'How To Get Away With Murder' Writer Abby Ajayi Pens ITV Family Drama That Has Echoes Of 'Succession'". Deadline. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (11 November 2021). "Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie Lead Cast of Amazon Studios, ITV Drama Series 'Riches'". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  6. ^ Sunner, Amber (13 November 2021). "Riches cast confirmed for Amazon Prime Video & ITV series as filming for new drama gets underway". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  7. ^ David, Jamil (5 October 2022). "'Riches': First Look At Black Family Drama From Prime Video". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 9 October 2022.

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