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Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’ has its cast


By Sarah Finnan
24th Aug 2021

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Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’ has its cast

We finally have more details about the upcoming screen adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s ‘Everything I Know About Love’... and it’s made us even more excited about the new series than we were before.

Earlier this year, podcaster, writer and agony aunt extraordinaire, Dolly Alderton, confirmed that her memoir would soon be moulded for the silver screen. 

One of six new dramas commissioned by the BBC, the announcement followed a hugely triumphant year for the channel who hope to mirror the same success with the new projects. Revealing precious few details about the Everything I Know About Love adaptation, all show bosses were willing to tell us at the time was that it would be a “romantic comedy about two best friends”. Oh, and it will be directed by the “phenomenally clever” China Moo-Young. 

Hardly enough information to keep us going, I think you’ll agree. Thankfully, the powers that be agree too and they’ve since given us a little more to work with – including cast, basic format and other such specifics. 

Here’s what we know so far. 

Basic plot 

As fans of the book will know, Everything I Know About Love is, in fact, a memoir… throughout which Alderton details her own life experiences, most of those pertaining to love. So, excited as we were to hear that it would be coming to TV screens, we, like many others, were a little confused as to how that might work. 

Answering all of our questions on that front, the BBC confirmed that the adaptation will take the form of a seven-part semi-fictionalised series. Centred on childhood best friends, Maggie and Birdy, the story takes place back in the year 2012, with the plot following the two pals as they navigate life together – going through all of the same heartbreak, growth and fashion faux pas Alderton describes in such detail in her memoir.  

As per the official synopsis: 

“Maggie and Birdy, besties since school, finally land in London to live it large, when the unexpected happens – dependable Birdy gets a steady boyfriend. A generous, funny, warm-hearted and uplifting Sex & The City for millennials which covers bad dates and squalid flat-shares, heartaches and humiliations, and, most importantly, unbreakable female friendships.”

Cast

While it might be hard to imagine a cast for the series (given that there aren’t any real “characters” other than Dolly and her BFF Farley, in the memoir), Bel Powley (The Morning Show) will play Birdy alongside Emma Appleton (The Witcher, The Last Letter from Your Lover) as Maggie (the character based on Alderton herself). 

Scottish actress Marli Siu will take on the role of Nell, while Jordan Peters has been cast as Neil. A slew of other talent also joins the cast including TV newcomers Aliyah Odoffin as Amara, Connor Finch as Street and Ryan Brown in the breakout part of Nathan. 

Fingers crossed a Rod Stewart cutout features too (if you know,  you know). 

Extremely happy with the developments so far, Alderton said that she is “beyond thrilled” with what she described as her “dream cast”, later adding that she is “so excited to see them inhabit the world of the show and bring its stories and relationships to life”. As are we, Doll. 

Premiere date 

The bad news is that no premiere date has been set as of yet, though we do know that it will be sometime in 2022. No premiere date and sadly, no trailer yet either though filming is set to begin across manchester and London imminently with the series hopefully to debut not long after wrapping. Lots to look forward to. 

May as well reread Everything I Know About Love in the meantime, because whatever Dolly Alderton says, goes. Well, in my mind at least.