In I Hate Suzie, Billie Piper plays an actress who years prior appeared in a TV show that made her a favourite with cult TV fans. But despite the obvious parallels with her own life, the ex-Doctor Who star insists the black comedy isn’t based on her own life.
Piper has co-created the show with Succession writer Lucy Prebble, the pair having previously collaborated on Secret Diary of a Call Girl, with both writer and star telling RadioTimes.com that I Hate Suzie is more about “what it’s like to be a woman in your thirties”.
“We were looking at what it is to be a woman in the public eye at the moment and though of course Billie can relate to that, many of us can relate to that a little bit – more and more with social media and things like that,” said Prebble.
“Everyone has a profile now, so our character of Suzie I think is quite a relatable character right now.”
Speaking about the inspiration behind the series at Sky’s Up Next event, Piper said: “It was a culmination of many conversations about what it’s like to be a woman in your thirties, which feels radically different to what it felt like to be in our twenties. We wanted to shine a light on that in a way that felt very true and authentic and exposing.”
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In the series, Piper’s character has her world turned upside down when her phone is hacked and an image of her in a “compromising position” is leaked.
“Everybody’s life can be torn apart very easily,” Piper said. “It’s something we now all potentially could experience, everything’s potentially incriminating, we all live in a permanent state of anxiety and fear about what is to come… so I think everyone can relate to that bit.”
“We got to use real fans who came along and supported us – some of the audience who were actually there, which was really lovely and we also found that a few members of our crew were fans of things at Comic-Con!” Prebble revealed.
“They dressed up for the day,” Piper laughed. “And there were a few Doctor Who fans in amongst the crew…”