Four Friends Navigate Romance and Their Bumpy Friendships in New Series Everything I Know About Love

We’ve been waiting a long time for a British Sex And The City, and now it’s finally here. The new BBC series All I Know About Love captures that perfect mix of romance and friendship, ambition and girlfriend rivalry, and it’s a total joy.

Sure, being British there are a lot more drunken scenes and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper, but the rocky relationships between the four friends we follow reflect those that made us addicted to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

Set in London’s bustling Camden Town in 2012, the seven-part series was adapted by journalist and author Dolly Alderton from her best-selling memoir of the same name, and focuses on her first roommate with her three best friends. as they navigate through life. and love.

Emma, ​​Bel, Aliyah and Marli have fun in character in All I Know About Love

At her heart are Maggie (Emma Appleton), the character based on Dolly, and her best friend Birdy (Bel Powley), who have been friends since they were 11 and still think each other is always the best person. interesting part.

Maggie is romantic and open-minded and desperate to find lasting love, while Birdy is nervous and convinced she will never have a man. But when she does so a few weeks after they move to London, it puts a strain on the girls’ friendship.

“The most important element for me was the central drama of two best girlfriends who had grown up together and who considered their story to be a romance,” says Dolly. “We examine the highs and lows of their relationship through the same lens as you would a romantic comedy.

“Everyone remembers what it’s like to have your heart broken. Everyone knows what it’s like to lose a loved one you thought you’d spend your life with.

Emma Appleton (pictured) plays Maggie who has been thrilled to have the freedom of being in her twenties since she was young

Emma Appleton (pictured) plays Maggie who has been thrilled to have the freedom of being in her twenties since she was young

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

“She had this template on what it was going to look like; the steps she would go through like settling down and having kids.

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

“Maggie is doing something that we’ve all had to do, which is trying to figure out life when things don’t go to plan. The show is a reminder that friendships can also be the great loves of your life, and you have to work on it.

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

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

Bel, who played British assistant Claire Conway on Apple’s hit series The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, thinks the show will appeal to Sex And The City fans, but also a younger generation who may not even have seen it.

“There aren’t a lot of women’s shows for women, and I think it works mostly because a lot of us desperately need it,” she says. “There hasn’t been a show like this on UK television before.”

It’s about women entangled in each other’s lives, mean and mischievous

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

“It was this girl gang that I wanted to capture,” says Dolly. “That feeling that women come together, that they’re entangled in each other’s lives, that they’re mean and mischievous.”

To that end, prepare for a bit of steaminess as each of the girls fall in love and love.

“There are quite a few sex scenes, but they weren’t hard to film because we had a brilliant intimacy coach,” Bel explains. “It always felt like something.”

Described as British Sex And The City, there are a lot more drunken scenes and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper than the hit American series.

Described as British Sex And The City, there are a lot more drunken scenes and cups of tea, and the outfits certainly look cheaper than the hit American series.

The series is a love letter to a young and energetic London – there’s a gorgeous scene in the first episode of the girls walking down Primrose Hill – although their apartment setting is actually in Manchester. “It can be pretty gross living with a group of girls in your twenties and I wanted to show that,” says Dolly.

“There’s a hinterland between student and adulthood where it’s almost fun, but also mixed with teenage hangovers. Our director decided there would never be a heater shown that didn’t have ratty pants hanging over it.

Between takes, the actors tried to replicate the fun their characters enjoy. “We had clubbing scenes, so we danced a lot, listened to music, which was a lot of fun,” Emma explains.

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

  • All I Know About Love, Tuesday, 10.40pm, BBC1 and BBC iPlayer

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