Film, TV & Stage

Hit British TV show, written by and starring BAFTA-winning Michaela Coel, now on Netflix

NOW ON NETFLIX: Michaela Coel

NOW ON NETFLIX: Michaela Coel

AUDIENCES IN the US will get the chance to sample the wonderful flavours of award-winning TV show, Chewing Gum, after it was picked up by Netflix.

Six episodes of the E4 hit, written by and starring British actress Michaela Coel, will be available to stream on the platform.

There are six episodes total, and are all rated TV-MA, meaning it’s not a series for the kids – targeted at mature audiences only for its explicit language and sexual situations.

Chewing Gum is based on Michaela’s 2012 one-woman show, Chewing Gum Dreams, in which the 27-year-old plays a teenage version of herself, as she relates past experiences growing up in the working class London neighborhoods of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, with her very religious mother, all while she became very acutely aware of her own sexuality, unprepared for the realities of sex and gender that she would face in the real world.

The series was both a critical and commercial in the UK, and, in May of this year, earned Michaela a BAFTA TV award (essentially the UK’s equivalent of the Primetime Emmys) for best actress in a comedy series.

Chewing Gum is the London that I know,” she explained to Radio Times. “When I grew up, my race was not a thing. My identity was in my class. It was not about color on my estate.”

“My job is to to go around campaigning or complaining, that’s not my bag,” she added. “I just want to be positive and think about what I can do. The thing is to go and write those parts.”

The Fader noted: “With Chewing Gum, she’s done a very fine, filthy job of it, and her willingness to go there – all the way there – marks her out as British television’s boldest and bravest new voice.”


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