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‘Everything I Know About Love’ — what we know about the BBC adaptation so far

Everything I Know About Love
Everything I Know About Love author Dolly Alderton. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Journalist and author Dolly Alderton is adapting her award-winning memoir Everything I Know About Love for a brilliant semi-fictionalised 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?

Filming for Everything I Know About Love will begin imminently in Manchester and London. There is no news yet on a specific release date, but it will be a seven-part series and air on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer in 2022. 

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 will Everything I Know About Love be about?

The semi-fictionalised adaptation follows two childhood best friends Maggie and Birdy, who move into their first house share in London. However, as they try to navigate adulthood and the high life of London, it doesn’t go to plan as Birdy gets a steady boyfriend. 

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.”

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this drama!

Who will be in Everything I Know About Love?

Dolly’s upcoming 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 will be playing 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 7-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 that: “I am beyond thrilled with every actor we have on board 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) will also be directing the series.

Is there a trailer?

There is no trailer for Everything I Know About Love at the moment, we'll post one here if one is released for the upcoming adaptation.

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.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!