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‘I May Destroy You’: Everything We Know About the New HBO Show

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HBO’s next incredible show, I May Destroy You, debuts on Sunday, June 7.The project is the latest creative endeavor from Michaela Coel, whom you may be familiar with from her show Chewing Gum, which originally aired in the United Kingdom and is currently streaming on Netflix. This new series is a deeply personal one about…

HBO’s next incredible show, I May Destroy You, debuts on Sunday, June 7.

The project is the latest creative endeavor from Michaela Coel, whom you may be familiar with from her show Chewing Gum, which originally aired in the United Kingdom and is currently streaming on Netflix. This new series is a deeply personal one about consent, based in part on Coel’s own experience with sexual assault.

The New York Times calls I May Destroy You “a coming-of-age story, a generational snapshot, and a tart, tender salute to the primal value of friendship when you’re young and underemployed. Its plot is built around a hazily remembered rape (based on Coel’s own experience) and the processes of recovery and investigation that follow. But the show is never just about that.”

Here’s everything we now about this show so far:

The premiere date: I May Destroy You’s 12 episodes begin airing on Sunday, June 7, at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The premise: Coel’s character, Arabella, is a young writer living her best life in London with a vibrant social circle and a boyfriend who lives in Italy. But during a night out, her drink is spiked with a date rape drug and she is assaulted. Over the course of the show, she has to put the pieces of the night back together, along with rebuilding her life after such a violation. It’s a drama series but, as you can see in the trailer, there is some humor:

The creator: Coel is an award-winning writer, director, and actor who won the BAFTA for best female performance in a comedy programme as well as the BAFTA for breakthrough talent for her show Chewing Gum. She directs many of the episodes of I May Destroy You.

The cast: Coel is joined by Weruche Opia, Paapa Essiedu, Harriet Webb, Ann Akin, and Aml Ameen.

This post may be updated as new information becomes available about the show.

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