I May Destroy You on BBC One: release date, cast and why to watch

I May Destroy You is a new BBC One drama that explores sexual consent in a bold and powerful way.

The new series stars the talented Michaela Coel who has used some of her own experiences to create the show.

What is the release date for I May Destroy You?

I May Destroy You is coming to BBC One on Monday June 8, 2020 at 10.45pm.

It's a 12-part series that will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer shortly after the first episode airs.

The show had been in the works since last year as Michaela subtly hinted on an episode of the Ways To Change The World podcast.

Who is in the cast?

Michaela Coel as Arabella

Michaela is an actress and writer who found success with Chanel 4's hit comedy Chewing Gum.

She'll take on the lead role in the series.

Michaela is also a poet and has worked to support young new writers.

Weruche Opia as Terry Pratchard

Weruche is an actress most known for her role in Bad Education, starring alongside Jack Whitehall.

She is a CEO for her fashion range, Jesus Junkie Clothing.

She was born in Nigeria and has received nominations for Nollywood awards.

In I May Destroy You she plays Arabella's best friend.

Paapa Essiedu as Kwame Acheamong

Paapa has an impressive career having starred in Gangs of London, Press and Kiri.

He also works in theatre and has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In this series he will play a gay man with self-esteem issues who experiences difficulty in love.

Alongside these core cast members, the series will star:

  • Aml Ameen
  • Adam James
  • Sarah Niles
  • Ann Aikin
  • Harriet Webb
  • Ellie James
  • Franc Ashman
  • Karan Gill
  • Natalie Walter
  • Samson Ajewole

What is it about and why should you watch?

The show has daringly taken on issues of consent in a post-#MeToo world that follows Arabella, a writer who is sexually assaulted on a night out when her drink gets spiked.

Michaela, the show's creator, has spoken about her own experiences of being raped after having her drink spiked and says the show is "not entirely fictional".

Speaking to the Radio Times, Michaela said: "This is a show about how trauma changes you, affects you, contorts you, suppresses you, reduces you, makes you explode, that's what it's about."

The series will dig into consent with tact and is expected to be surprising in places too – as dark a topic as sexual assault is, Michaela writes in moments of comedy.

Other characters get a look-in too and their views of what consent means are examined.

The show is likely to receive critical acclaim for its skilful approach to a complex and painful subject matter.

It might be quite triggering for those who have experienced similar crimes.

There are a range of organisations that can offer help, including Rape Crisis who can be contacted for free on 0808 802 9999.

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