When Rom-Com Meets Reality: ‘Everything I Know About Love’


| LAST UPDATE 08/28/2022

By Peral Simons
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Get ready because this season's new 'it' show, Everything I Know About Love, is about to be all anyone is talking about - and you're not going to want to miss out! Released last week on Peacock, this series is already ticking all our boxes: strong female friendships, tales of love, and outrageous fashion. Loosely based on the incredibly popular 2018 memoir by Dolly Alderton, this show gets real with what it's like to navigate life in your 20s. Interest piqued? Here's the full scoop.

Taking a twist on the traditional romantic-comedy series approach, EIKAL centers its love story on the lifelong friendship of Maggie and Birdy. Along with two of their other friends, the girls are living in London together after graduating from university, experiencing all the highs and lows of being an independent adult in the city. When Birdy quickly finds herself in a serious romantic relationship, their friendship is tested in an unprecedented way. "The series is an unflinching deep dive into bad dates, heartaches, and humiliations and begs the question: can platonic love survive romantic love as we grow up?" teased a Peacock press release.

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As for the cast? The protagonist, Maggie, an aspiring writer with a love for partying, is played by Emma Appleton (The Witcher, The End of the F***ing World.) Her best friend and roommate, Birdy, is portrayed by Bel Powley (The King of Staten IslandThe Diary of a Teenage Girl.) Marli Siu and Aliyah Odoffin play Nell and Amara, respectively. 

Die-hard fans of the book will be pleased to learn that Alderton played an instrumental part in the series production, writing the book for series adaptation and working on the project as an executive producer. China Moo-Young directed the series. The seven-episode first season has already been met by hype and fanfare, with everyone begging for a second season. While nothing has been confirmed so far, Alderton told Ratio Times that she would love there to be a season two. "There are just so many things that I'm desperate to get into with all four of them. So I would love another series," she gushed. So would we! In the meantime, stay tuned.

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