Riches: ITV release date, trailer, cast with Deborah Ayorinde, Sarah Niles, and Hugh Quarshie

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Hugh Quarshie, Sarah Niles, and Deborah Ayorinde star in ITVX’s new drama Riches, which is currently available on Amazon Prime Video in the US

Riches, a high-stakes family drama set against the backdrop of a London business empire, is set to make its television debut on ITV on Friday 30 June. The series, which was one of ITVX's launch dramas, has been an online-only streaming exclusive up to this point.

The series, which stars Sarah Niles and Hugh Quarshie, follows a family fighting amongst themselves to take control of the business after their father dies. It's a little like ITV's answer to Succession, in a way.

Here’s everything you need to know about Riches.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

What’s it about?

The official ITVX synopsis for Riches explains that the series “follows the exploits of the stylish, privileged and super-successful Richards family, led by London based business mogul Stephen Richards. With his sudden death his family are left in disarray at the return of his estranged American daughter and son, Nina and Simon.”

“Their arrival from New York is the catalyst for a messy showdown with Stephen’s wife Claudia and their children as both factions vie for control of the family black hair and beauty empire, Flair & Glory.”

Who stars in Riches?

Adeyinka Akinrinade as Alesha, Nneka Okoye as Wanda, Ola Orebiyi as Gus, Sarah Niles as Claudia, Deborah Ayorinde as Nina, and Emmanuel Imani as Simon in Riches (Credit: Greenacre for ITVX)Adeyinka Akinrinade as Alesha, Nneka Okoye as Wanda, Ola Orebiyi as Gus, Sarah Niles as Claudia, Deborah Ayorinde as Nina, and Emmanuel Imani as Simon in Riches (Credit: Greenacre for ITVX)
Adeyinka Akinrinade as Alesha, Nneka Okoye as Wanda, Ola Orebiyi as Gus, Sarah Niles as Claudia, Deborah Ayorinde as Nina, and Emmanuel Imani as Simon in Riches (Credit: Greenacre for ITVX) | Greenacre for ITVX

Deborah Ayorinde plays Nina, Stephen Richards’ estranged American daughter. Ayorinde is best known for her roles in horror anthology Them, historical drama Harriet, and Marvel superhero drama Luke Cage.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Emmanuel Imani plays Simon, Stephen Richards’ estranged American son. You’ll know Imani from the political drama Cobra and Hugo Blick’s Black Earth Rising, or you might recognise him from a supporting role in Amazon’s fantasy series The Wheel of Time.

Sarah Niles plays Claudia, Stephen’s widow. In recent years, Niles has received acclaim for appearances in Ted Lasso and I May Destroy You; you might also recognise her from appearances in The Sandman, Catastrophe, and Trust Me.

The series also stars Adeyinka Akrinrade (Top Boy, Temple) as Alesha Richards, Ola Orebiyi (Cherry, A Brixton Tale) as Gus Richards, and Nneka Okoye (Grantchester, The A List) as Wanda Richards, Stephen’s three UK-based children from his marriage with Claudia. They’re joined by Hermione Norris (Cold Feet, Luther) as Stephen’s loyal personal assistant Maureen, Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) as Stephen’s confidante and legal advisor Gideon, and model Jourdan Dunn in her first major screen role.

Hugh Quarshie plays Stephen Richards, the business mogul and head of the family. Quarshie is probably best known for a lengthy tenure on Holby as surgeon Ric Griffin, but you might also recognise him from Stephen, Breeders, or Silent Witness.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Who writes and directs?

Riches was created by Abby Ajayi, who has written all six episodes of the series and directed the fourth also. Ajayi has previously had writing credits on The First Lady, Inventing Anna, and The Story of Tracey Beaker.

The remaining episodes are directed by Sebastian Thiel (Just a Couple) and Darcia Martin (Call the Midwife, The Chelsea Detective).

Is there a trailer?

Yes, there is! You can watch it right here.

When and how can I watch it?

Riches will begin on ITV1 on Friday 30 June at 9pm, with new episodes airing at the same time each week through to the series finale airing on Friday 4 August.

The series is also currently available to watch on ITVX, where it's been free to stream since December 2022. Internationally, you can watch Riches on Amazon Prime Video, with the series having begun on Friday 2 December.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

How many episodes is it?

There are six episodes of Riches, each of which are around 50 minutes long.

What else is on ITVX?

ITVX launched with four new shows immediately: espionage drama A Spy Among Friends, novel adaptation The Confessions of Frannie Langton, YA drama Tell Me Everything, and a feature-length finale to historical comedy Plebs.

ITVX is also set to have a host of ITV archive content, as well as offering exclusive access to hit US shows – you can find a full list of its launch slate here.

Why should I watch Riches?

It’s a glossy, high-stakes drama that’s been described by creator Abby Ajayi as a love letter to Black London. Plus, Hugh Quarshie and Sarah Niles are always fantastic, and it looks like a great introduction to a cast of rising stars too.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.