The “excruciatingly honest” eight-part series follows Suzie Pickles (Piper), whose world is turned upside down after her phone is hacked and images of her in a “compromising position” are leaked.
Exposed and devastated, Suzie attempts to hold her life and career together, as well as her marriage to husband Cob (Daniel Ings).
Episode by episode, she goes through all the stages of grief — Shock, Denial, Fear, Shame, Bargaining, Guilt, Anger and Acceptance — while seeking counsel from her best friend and manager, Naomi (Leila Farzad). As Sky puts it, this “bold, bracing” drama asks “if any of us can survive being well and truly ‘known’.”
Screenwriter and playwright Lucy Prebble previously created and wrote the TV drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl (starring Piper), and she has been a writer and producer on Succession. Her plays include The Sugar Syndrome, The Effect, ENRON, and A Very Expensive Poison.
“It’s taken years to finally get Lucy, my long-term GF and favourite writer in London – to work with me again,” Piper said. “We feel we’ve created something timely and not for the faint-hearted. If you too suffer with anxiety, shame, compulsive lying but like a laugh, please tune in at some point.”
Leading the I Hate Suzie cast, Billie Piper plays the eponymous Suzie. The Olivier Award-winning actress is probably best known for playing Belle in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and for playing Rose Tyler in Doctor Who.
She is joined by Leila Farzad as her best friend and manager, Naomi. The actress has appeared in Lee Ingleby drama Innocent, Cuffs, and Peppa Pig (as Mummy Cat).
Suzie’s husband Cob is played by Daniel Ings. The actor previously starred as Matt Taverner in W1A, Philip’s pal Mike Parker in The Crown, Luke in Lovesick, Andy in the TV series Instinct, Francis in The English Game, and David Gilkes in the Black Mirror episode Smithereens.
Daniel Ings in I Hate Suzie (Sky)
The cast also includes Dexter Fletcher as Ben Detroit and Luke Franks as Raptor.