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Dolly Alderton’s first novel ‘Everything I Know About Love’ amongst 6 new dramas to get the TV treatment


by Sarah Finnan
19th May 2021

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One of six new dramas commissioned by the BBC, Dolly Alderton’s first book joins an impressive list of works from some of the UK’s “most exciting talent”.

Podcaster, writer, agony aunt – Dolly Alderton is known under many guises, with that list soon to include accomplished screenwriter too. Taking to social media to reveal some very exciting news, the former High Low co-host confirmed that her memoir Everything I Know About Love will be getting the TV treatment later this year. 

A project that’s been nearly four years in the making, Dolly’s joy at finally being able to spill the beans was palpable. Giving us a little taste of what’s to come, she described it as a “romantic comedy about two best friends”. Dolly herself will write the screenplay for the TV adaptation, working alongside the “phenomenally clever” China Moo-Young who will direct the project. 

Saying that she is “so grateful that this story has grown and developed in such safe hands”, the BBC has had a hugely successful run of things lately. Already proving themselves to be very adept in the TV adaptation department, the channel enjoyed phenomenal success last year, thanks in no small part to Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Sure to commend them on their triumphant year of television, she later added “BBC drama has made extraordinary TV over the last year and it is an honour to be on their slate of upcoming shows.”

Already preempting the inevitable influx of messages from past flames she jokingly finished by collectively telling them not to worry – “and before every boy I dated a decade ago messages me today to breezily ask how I am, it’s semi-fictionalised, so don’t panic fellas.”

Endeavouring to be “the home of the very best of British drama”, several other projects are also in the pipeline this year. Queenie author Candice Carty-Williams will take on her first TV project with an original drama series celebrating Black culture, Black music and Black family life. BIFA-winning writer of Rocks, Theresa Ikoko will adapt her soon-to-be-published novel Wahala for the small screen, while Cash Carraway is currently working on a piece inspired by her own debut memoir. 

Two-time Bafta award-winner Stefan Golaszewski will turn his hand to drama for the first time as will writer-director Shane Meadows who has his sights set on a period drama – his debut drama for the BBC. 

In other very exciting news, Piers Wenger, BBC director of drama, also confirmed that viewers can expect a special project from Michaela Coel of I May Destroy You fame sometime in the near future too. Few details have been leaked on what that might entail just yet but Wegner did say that he is “incredibly proud” of all the upcoming dramas set to air on the network in the coming months. An exciting time for TV and for us who will have plenty to watch as a result.  

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