If you’re a millennial, zillennial or even Gen Z, chances are you’ve heard or read something by Dolly Alderton. She had a regular dating column in The Sunday Times Style, in which she now writes an agony aunt-esque column called ‘Dear Dolly’, co-hosted popular podcast The High Low and is the author of The Sunday Times bestsellers Everything I Know About Love and Ghosts.
Her debut memoir was all anyone could talk about when it was published in 2018 and now, there’s some exciting news for fans of Everything I Know About Love. It’s being made into a TV series!
Dolly shared the news with her then 295k Instagram followers on 19 May.
The best-selling memoir is a personal account of life for Dolly in her 20s. In it, the journalist shares both hilarious and heartbreaking tales on love in all its forms, including friendship and romance.
Dolly Alderton revealed she has been working with production company Working Title for nearly four years on the adaptation, so we can’t wait to see what’s been brewing.
This is what we know about the Everthing I Know About Love TV series so far…
What’s the plotline?
Although the book is a memoir about Dolly’s own life, the TV series will be a semi-fictionalised romantic comedy. It will follow two female friends as they begin their first flat-share in London.
Speaking at the BBC Drama Preview Q&A, Dolly said: ‘It’s a messy, boisterous, joyful romantic comedy about two female best friends from childhood and what happens when they move into their first London house share and move into their first phase of adulthood.’
The BBC synopsis describes the adaptation as a ‘warm-hearted and uplifting Sex and the City for millennials.’
‘Maggie and Birdy, besties since school, finally land in London to live it large, when the unexpected happens – dependable Birdy gets a steady boyfriend… [it] covers bad dates and squalid flat-shares, heartaches and humiliations, and, most importantly, unbreakable female friendships,’ it continues.
Who’s starring in the Everything I Know About Love TV series?
The adaptation was written by Dolly Alderton herself. It’s ‘written by me and directed by the phenomenally clever China Moo-Young’, she wrote on Instagram. China Moo-Young was the director behind BBC’s Harlots.
In August, Dolly and the BBC revealed who would be starring in the highly anticipated adaptation. Best friends Maggie and Birdy will be played by The Witcher’s Emma Appleton and The Morning Show‘s Bel Powley, respectively. Jordan Peters, of Gangs of London fame, will star as Neil and Scottish actor Marli Siu will play Nell.
Actors Aliyah Odoffin, Connor Finch and Ryan Brown will be making their TV debuts as Amara, Stree, and Nathan.
On the casting, Dolly said: ‘I am beyond thrilled with every actor we have on board for Everything I Know About Love… Aisha Bywaters has helped us find our dream cast and we are so excited to see them inhabit the world of the show and bring its stories and relationships to life.’
When and where can you watch it?
The adaptation will be shown on the BBC. When Dolly shared the news, she wrote: ‘BBC drama has made extraordinary TV over the last year and it is an honour to be on their slate of upcoming shows.’
Piers Wenger, the controller of commissioning drama at the BBC, added: ‘I’m sure people will compare it to Sex and the City, or to Girls but the truth is Dolly is an author in her own right, and she is uproariously funny and it’s a very personal, and at times dark story, but with massive amounts of humour and emotional truths to it.’
The air date will be confirmed soon, so if you prefer to read the book before watching the TV show, you better be quick!