This article is all about you need to know regarding Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel’s “fearless, frank and provocative” new BBC drama. Yes, I am talking about I May Destroy You, the trailer of which was recently released by HBO.
“I May Destroy You” is a highly anticipated topical new TV series from Michaela Coel, who is the BAFTA-winning creator of “Chewing Gum”. She is also the executive producer, writer, co-director and star in the series. The series looks promising as it is bold and candid. And keeping in mind Coel’s previous work, the trailer of this upcoming drama, it likely going to be provocative.
It is executive produced by Coel, Clarke, Troni and the BBC’s Piers Wenger and Jo McClellan for BBC One. Simon Maloney produced episodes one to six and Simon Meyers has produced episodes 7 to 12.
What is “I May Destroy You” About?
The drama is set in the UK capital and explores the understanding of sex, relationships and dating in modern society making the distinction between liberation and exploitation. The story is centred on Arabella (Coel), a novelist famous for her first-time book ‘Chronicles of a Fed-Up Millennial’. The heart of the story lies in Arabella’s raw and personal experience of consent.
It will explore the question of sexual consent in the present scene taking account of the change in the landscape of dating and relationships. “I May Destroy You” series is going to perfectly fit on the HBO network along with other documentaries.
Previously this drama was titled as “January 22nd”. The official synopsis for “I May Destroy You” reads: “Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centres on Arabella (Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.”
During her MacTaggart lecture at the 2018 Edinburgh International Television Festival, Coel herself revealed that she was sexually assaulted during the writing of “Chewing Gum,” and opened up about the “life-changing” experience during her keynote speech.
BBC2 controller Patrick Holland also said that drama “promises fearless, provocative and gripping storytelling exploring one of the defining issues of our times.”
Who is in the cast of I May Destroy You?
The series creator and lead actress Michaela Cole herself will play the role of Arabella. She will be accompanied by Weuche Opia, playing Terry Pratchard, who will be Arabella’s “fun-loving caring best friend” having a disappointing acting career and an erratic love life.
Paapa Essiedu will play Kwame Acheamong, “a dancer now teaching in a gym class” who is “an attractive gay man with serious self-esteem issues and gets what he wants in sex and love for his life.”
The other supporting cast includes Aml Ameen, Adam James, Sarah Niles, Ann Aikin, Harriet Webb, Ellie James, Franc Ashman, Karan Gill, Natalie Walter and Samson Ajewole.
When will I May Destroy You air on TV?
I May Destroy You will air on Monday 8th June on BBC One at 10:45 pm. While the series will have 12 half-hour episodes and is set to debut on HBO on Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 p.m.
The second episode will air on Tuesday 9th June at 10.45 pm. But the following the other episodes will then air on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be available on BBC iPlayer.
Is there a Trailer?
Yes, the trailer has been launched and here is the trailer.
What else is Michaela Coel known for?
Michaela Coel is known for her hit comedy series Chewing Gum, in which she played the role of Tracey Gordon. Recently she also starred in Black Earth Rising, a BBC and Netflix co-production based on genocide and the prosecution of international war criminals.
So do not forget to watch her narrating the life-changing experience in this upcoming drama series I May Destroy You on HBO and BBC.