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A co-production between HBO and BBC, I May Destroy You debuts in the US this June.

I May Destroy You
I May Destroy You: Michaela Coel as Arabella Essiuedu — Photo courtesy of HBO

Created, written, executive produced by, and starring BAFTA Award winner Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Black Earth Rising), I May Destroy You is a new half-hour series that explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in our modern landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation.

Following triumph from a piece of writing that garnered internet acclaim, Arabella Essiuedu (Coel) — easily distracted, non-committal, and carefree — finds herself feted as the “voice of her generation,” with an agent, a book commission, and a helluva lot of pressure. After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly, and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family. As Arabella struggles to come to terms with what has happened, she begins a journey of self-discovery.

Featuring in the series are Weruche Opia (Inside No. 9), Paapa Essiedu (National Treasure: Kiri), Aml Ameen (Yardie), Adam James (Belgravia), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe), Ann Akin (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), Harriet Webb (Plebs), Ellie James (Giri/Haji), Franc Ashman (Peep Show), Karan Gill (Flesh & Blood), Natalie Walter (Horrible Histories), and newcomer Samson Ajewole.

A co-production between HBO and BBC, I May Destroy You is executive produced by Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni for Various Artists Ltd and Michaela Coel for FALKNA Productions, and produced by Simon Maloney and Simon Meyers. The series is directed by Sam Miller, who also serves as an executive producer on episodes 1-3.

I May Destroy You will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO on Demand, and affiliate portals in June (date tba).


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