There is a new comedy with a brilliantly blunt title on the way to Channel 4, and it could well be the broadcaster’s next hit. I Hate You comes from the mind of Robert Popper (Friday Night Dinner) and will have Damon Beesley (The Inbetweeners) in the director’s chair.
He has a great cast lined up too, with the lead roles being played by Sex Education‘s Tanya Reynolds and newcomer Melissa Saint in her first lead role. As for what I Hate You will be about, we did get a summary from Channel 4 and it looks to be every bit as hilarious and weird as we would expect from Popper.
“It’s about the one friend you can say anything to and do anything with: the idiotic in-jokes, and the laughing till you almost puke, as well as the insane bickering and late-night shouting matches. It’s about that one friend you really love – and really hate.”
It continues: “Charlie’s a bit of a worrier, who thinks 99% of humans are d*ckheads, and Becca – no embarrassment gene, usually makes the wrong decision. Together they share a flat that is half spotless (Becca’s room) and half ‘sh*ttery’ (Charlie’s room). Together they’re complete chaos…
“The first series sees Charlie get arrested for pick-pocketing a police officer, Becca learns the perils of jogging to jazz, the girls meet a man who believes humans came from bears, and both start dating older guys – more specifically – men in their seventies. All this plus a Lord who keeps a fly as his pet.”
Show Creator Robert Popper said: “Having spent ten years writing a show about a super intense family, I really wanted my next one to be about super intense friends. And, since I’ve never had a friend in my life, I’m hoping this will teach me how to find one.”
Kenton Allen, Big Talk CEO added: “The opportunity to make a new show with Robert after our delightful collaboration on Friday Night Dinner makes me very happy – and the combination of Robert and Damon Beesley, two of the most brilliant comedy minds in the UK, promises to deliver something very very special.”
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said: “After working with Robert and the team at Big Talk on one of Channel 4’s biggest comedy successes – the beloved Friday Night Dinner it’s a genuine delight to get underway on I Hate You. With a superb comedy duo at the helm in Tanya and Melissa, and Damon Beesley in the directors’ chair. It’s safe to say Channel 4 viewers are truly in for a treat”.