Sky Atlantic Orders ‘I Hate Suzie’ Starring & Co-Created By Bille Piper With ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’ Creator Lucy Prebble

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21 Aug 19

Sky Atlantic Orders ‘I Hate Suzie’ Starring & Co-Created By Bille Piper

Sky Atlantic has given a series order to new original drama I Hate Suzie, starring and co-created by Billie Piper, alongside ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’ creator Lucy Prebble.

The eight-part series is a bold, bracing, funny drama about the moment in life when the mask slips, asking if any us can survive being well and truly “known”. Suzie Pickles (Piper), a star on the wane, has her whole life upended when her phone is hacked and a photo of her emerges in an extremely compromising position.

This excruciatingly honest show reveals her unmasking and its trauma episode by episode, through the stages of Shock, Denial, Fear, Shame, Bargaining, Guilt, Anger and Acceptance as Suzie and her best friend and manager Naomi try to hold her life, career and marriage together in the face of being exposed for who she truly is. But who the hell is that?

BAFTA nominee Billie Piper (‘Collateral’, ‘Doctor Who’) will lead the cast, and has co-created the series with Emmy-nominee and critically acclaimed Lucy Prebble (‘Succession’, ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’).

“It’s taken years to finally get Lucy, my long-term GF and favourite writer in London – to work with me again,” comments Piper. “We feel we’ve created something timely and not for the faint-hearted. If you too suffer with anxiety, shame, compulsive lying but like a laugh, please tune in at some point.”

“At last I get to make my best friend BIllie Piper do terrible things on screen again. It is all I live for,” adds Prebble.

Made by Bad Wolf Limited, I Hate Suzie was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky and Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios. Liz Lewin is the Commissioning Editor for Sky and the series is co-created and executive produced by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper. Julie Gardner is executive producer and Andrea Dewsbery is producing, both for Bad Wolf. Sky Vision will handle international distribution.

“Jane Tranter and I loved travelling time and space with Billie as the original ‘Bad Wolf’ – and know that her talent and fearlessness will make I Hate Suzie very special,” said exec producer for Bad Wolf Julie Gardner, who set up the company with fellow ex-Who exec Tranter, hence the name. “Lucy Prebble’s blistering and provocative scripts take Suzie on a raw, rollercoaster ride full of upheaval and self-discovery. We can’t wait to get started!”

I Hate Suzie‘ Season 1 will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in 2020.