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Everything I Know About Love — release date, plot, trailer and everything we know about the drama adaptation

Everything I Know About Love Emma Appleton as Maggie
Everything I Know About Love tells the tale of a female friendship that turns messy. (Image credit: BBC / Universal International Studios Ltd)

Journalist and author Dolly Alderton has adapted her award-winning memoir Everything I Know About Love for a brilliant semi-fictionalized BBC television drama about two best friends.

Her memoir, which won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2018, is a personal and amusing account of surviving your 20s, exploding with energy and enthusiasm, with its fair share of joy and messiness and occasional heartbreak. It also offers a relatable outlook on important subjects such as love, body image, career and many more.

Described by the BBC as “a generous, funny, warm-hearted and uplifting Sex & The City for Millennials,” the adaptation will adopt the same themes of the memoir, including “bad dates and squalid flat-shares, heartaches and humiliations, and, most importantly, unbreakable female friendships.”

Here’s everything you need to know...

When will Everything I Know About Love be on?

Everything I Know About Love began on BBC One on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:40pm. All seven episodes are available to watch as a boxset on BBC iPlayer now.

Everything I Know About Love is a touching story about two best friends navigating through life.

Everything I Know About Love is a touching story about two best friends navigating through life. (Image credit: BBC)

What is Everything I Know About Love about?

The adaptation of Dolly Alderton's semi-fictionalized memoir follows two childhood best friends Maggie (Pistol's Emma Appleton) and Birdy (Bel Powley) who move into their first house share in London with their friends Nell (Marli Siu) and Amara (Aliyah Odoffin). 

The foursome all have shared hopes while navigating the high life of London, but Maggie and Birdy find their friendship put to the test when Birdy gets her first steady boyfriend.

The young women come face-to-face with many challenges of millennial early adulthood, including dodgy landlords, toxic boyfriends, mental health issues and the struggle to be taken seriously.

Dolly said: “It’s a messy, boisterous, joyful, romantic comedy about two best female friends from childhood and what happens when they move into their first London house share and the first phase of adulthood. I cannot stress enough how thrilled I am that it is being made by Working Title and the BBC.”

In an interview with What to Watch, Emma and Bel were hopeful that the series would be relatable to the female audience and the fun side of being in London in your twenties.

Emma said: "It's so important, because it's only been the past few years that we've had programmes showing that on screen, and it is relatable for all of us, it makes us go 'oh my God, I'm not the only one thinking that'. If it's shown on screen, maybe that opens up a discussion about those things with your friends."

Bel revealed: "I hope we've made a show that's really true to the general female experience. Hopefully women of all ages — even my mum, she was in her twenties once! Those themes of love, heartbreak, friendship, sex and dancing I think are universal for women, so hopefully everyone relates to it."

Everything I Know About Love

Everything I Know About Love is now on BBC One.  (Image credit: BBC)

Who will be in Everything I Know About Love?

Dolly’s adaptation has an exciting cast in store, including Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitor) as Maggie and Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Morning Show) who plays Birdy.

Joining the two best friends are Marli Siu (Our Ladies, Anna and the Apocalypse) playing Nell and Jordan Peters (Pirates, Gangs of London) as Neil. There’s also some refreshing new talent making their on-screen TV debuts in this new seven-part series, such as Aliyah Odoffin playing Amara, Connor Finch as Street and Ryan Brown will be playing the character of Nathan in his breakout role.

Dolly Alderton said of the casting: “I am beyond thrilled with every actor we have onboard for Everything I Know About Love. Aisha Bywaters has helped us find our dream cast and we are so excited to see them inhabit the world of the show and bring its stories and relationships to life.”

China Moo-Young (Intergalactic, Harlots) is also directing the series.

Everything I Know About Love

Everything I Know About Love follows two childhood best friends. (Image credit: BBC)

Is there a trailer?

You can watch the trailer for Everything I Know About Love below. We see the girls' friendship start to deteriorate when Birdy gets a boyfriend...

Grace Morris
Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.