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Four friends navigate romance and their bumpy friendships in new series Everything I Know About Love

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We’ve been waiting for a British Sex And The City for a long time, and now it’s finally here. The new BBC series Everything I Know About Love captures that perfect blend of romance and friendship, ambition and rivalry between girlfriends, and it’s an utter joy.

As a Brit, of course, there are many more scenes of drunkenness and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper, but the tumultuous relationships between the four friends we follow mirror those that left us hooked on Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

Set in London’s bustling Camden Town in 2012, the seven-part series has been adapted by journalist and author Dolly Alderton from her bestselling memoir of the same name, and focuses on her first flatshare with her three best friends as they make their way through life jobs. and love.

Emma, ​​Bel, Aliyah and Marli talk about character in Everything I Know About Love

At its center are Maggie (Emma Appleton), the character based on Dolly, and her best friend Birdy (Bel Powley), who have been buddies since they were 11 and still think the other is always the most interesting person in the room.

Maggie is romantic and outspoken and desperate for lasting love, while Birdy is nervous and convinced she will never have a man. But doing so within a few weeks of moving to London puts a huge strain on the girls’ friendship.

“The most important element for me was the central drama of two best friends who grew up together and saw their story as a romance,” Dolly says. We look at the ups and downs of their relationship through the same lens as a romantic comedy.

“Everyone remembers what it’s like to have a broken heart. Everyone knows what it’s like to lose someone close to you with whom you thought you would spend your life.’

Emma Appleton (pictured) plays Maggie who has been excited about the freedom of being in her twenties since she was a kid

Emma Appleton (pictured) plays Maggie who has been excited about the freedom of being in her twenties since she was a kid

Emma, ​​best known for the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, says the show is about the excitement of independence and the blows that can come with it. “Maggie has been extremely excited to have the freedom of being in her twenties since she was young,” she says.

“She had a template of what it would look like; the milestones she would achieve, such as settling down and having children.

“But this series is about how it’s not always like that. Growing up can be different than you imagined.

“Maggie is doing something we all need to do, which is trying to make sense of life when things don’t go according to plan. The show reminds you that friendships can also be the great loves of your life, and you have to work on them.”

At the heart of the show are Maggie (Emma Appleton), right, the character based on Dolly, and her best friend Birdy (Bel Powley)

At the heart of the show are Maggie (Emma Appleton), right, the character based on Dolly, and her best friend Birdy (Bel Powley)

Bel, who played British assistant Claire Conway along with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon on Apple’s hit series The Morning Show, believes the show will appeal to Sex And The City fans, as well as a younger generation who may not have even seen him.

“There aren’t many shows about women for women, and I think it mostly works because so many of us desperately crave it,” she says. “There’s never been a show like this on British television.”

It’s about women getting caught up in each other’s lives, being naughty and naughty

Maggie and Birdy share the flat with two college friends, calming influencer Amara (Aliyah Odoffin) and teacher Nell (Marli Siu), who isn’t afraid to punish her roommates.

“They’re this girl gang I wanted to catch,” Dolly says. “This feeling of women getting together, being caught up in each other’s lives, being naughty and naughty.”

So be prepared for something raunchy if each of the girls falls in love.

“There are quite a lot of sex scenes, but they weren’t difficult to film because we had a brilliant intimacy coach,” says Bel. “Still, it still felt a bit like a thing.”

Described as Britain's Sex And The City, there are many more scenes of drunkenness and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper than the popular American show

Described as Britain’s Sex And The City, there are many more scenes of drunkenness and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper than the popular American show

The series is a love letter to a youthful and energetic London – there is a beautiful scene in the first episode of the girls rolling down Primrose Hill – although the set for their flat was actually in Manchester. “It can be pretty disgusting to live with a bunch of girls in their 20s and I wanted to show that,” Dolly says.

“There’s a hinterland between student and adulthood where it’s almost fun, but also mixed with puberty hangovers. Our director decided that a radiator would never be shown without ragged trousers on it.’

In between takes, the actors tried to recreate the fun of their characters. “We had some nightlife scenes, so we danced a lot and listened to music, which was a lot of fun,” says Emma.

“We all felt like we’d want to hang out with these girls if we weren’t playing with them.”

  • Everything I know about love, Tue, 10:40 PM, BBC1 and BBC iPlayer
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