Filming has begun on Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble’s new Sky original I Hate Suzie with Daniel Ings (Lovesick, The Crown), Leila Farzad (Innocent, Twenty Twelve) and Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral, Guerilla) joining the cast alongside Piper, who stars as Suzie Pickles.
Also joining the cast are Lorraine Ashbourne (Unforgotten, Jericho) and Phil Daniels (EastEnders, New Tricks) as Suzie’s parents.
Co-creators Prebble and Piper said: “A strong, dark, fun tale like I Hate Suzie needs actors with nerve as well as talent. We’re thrilled to be working with such a brilliant ensemble. We hope you enjoy!”
Directed by Georgi Banks-Davies and produced by Andrea Dewsbery for Bad Wolf, the series will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in 2020.
I Hate Suzie is a bold, bracing, drama about the moment in life when the mask slips, asking if any of us can survive being well and truly ‘known’. Suzie Pickles (Piper), a star on the wane, has her whole life upended when she is hacked and a photo of her emerges in an extremely compromising position.
This excruciatingly honest eight-part series reveals Suzie’s 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 (Farzad) try to hold her life, career and marriage to Cob (Ings) together.
Produced 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 Prebble and Piper. Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter are executive producers.
I Hate Suzie is the latest in a string of recent commissions as Sky continues to invest in original productions. Sky has recently committed to more than double its investment in original drama, comedy and documentary through Sky Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Sky. Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe and is the creative home of Sky’s award-winning and much-loved Sky originals.
Sky originals current roster includes Temple starring Mark Strong, Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren; a second series of Jez Butterworth’s Britannia and a second series of Save Me staring Lennie James and Suranne Jones. 2019 has been a record year for Sky originals with 10 time Emmy-winning Chernobyl becoming the most watched original ever with over 4 million viewers of the season finale. And away from the screen, Sky secured a record BAFTA haul with seven awards.