Sky comedy I Hate Suzie is officially returning for a second season, after the series was renewed in early 2021.
The show, co-created by Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble (Succession), aired last year in August. Filming for season two will reportedly begin later this year, a prospect that Piper has called “terrifying”.
“The idea of doing it again is terrifying. I think we found a way and we’re going to start writing it at the end of the year,” she exclusively told Radio Times in May 2021.
RadioTimes.com previously revealed Piper and Prebble were workshopping storylines for I Hate Suzie series two, following on from the acclaimed first series.
The I Hate Suzie cast for season one starred Piper in the leading role as as Suzie Pickles, a mainstream actress and sci-fi icon whose phone has recently been hacked, with intimate photos of her in a ‘compromising position’ leaked onto the internet.
The series was at once painfully funny and incredibly awkward to watch (check out our I Hate Suzie review), as Suzie goes through the ‘Stages of Grief’ as she struggles to come to terms with the phone hack, experiencing denial, fear, shame, bargaining, guilt, anger, and finally acceptance.
The ‘Stages of Grief’ format meant that some viewers considered Suzie’s story complete – but equally, the first season did leave a number of loose threads and potential avenues for a second season, including the departure of Suzie’s manager and best friend Naomi (Leila Farzad).
Series star Nathaniel Martello-White (who plays Carter, with whom Suzie has an affair) previously told Metro.co.uk that he thought the show felt “complete”: “You know when you watch something like I May Destroy You and you get to the end and that feels complete and it really feels like a complete journey? That’s how I feel with I Hate Suzie… You’d love to see more but also why spoil something that feels complete.”
Here’s everything you need to know about I Hate Suzie season two.
I Hate Suzie season 2 release date
An air date for the second season of I Hate Suzie is yet to be confirmed, but Piper has revealed that filming will begin at the end of 2021– so you can expect it to reach screens in late 2022.
I Hate Suzie season 2 plot: What will happen?
*Warning: spoilers ahead for I Hate Suzie season one*
I Hate Suzie season one follows Suzie Pickles, a married actress whose phone is hacked – and who realises that a ‘compromising’ image has been leaked, showing her with a man who is ostensibly not her odious husband Cob (Daniel Ings).
While the show isn’t based on Billie Piper’s own life, it does seem to riff on her most famous on-screen role, Rose Tyler in Doctor Who. Suzie is likewise best known for starring in a fictional popular sci-fi series, Quo Vardis (pronounced like “TARDIS”), playing Captain Brea.
Piper told Radio Times magazine in August last year that she drew on her own personal experiences to play Suzie – a former child pop star who becomes a TV actress – stating: “I know exactly what that feels like and I’m sure it feeds into my performance.
“I’m only coming to terms with a lot of it right now. In my 20s a lot of my stress from that period was buried, and I still struggle to remember a lot of it.”
I Hate Suzie, while being painful to watch at points, is also hilarious and stuffed with one-liners (“These people aren’t nice! They’re just already rich.”).
“Don’t w**k to lies!” Suzie tells a packed audience at a Comic Con event, while her manager and best friend, Naomi (Leila Farzad), also attempts damage control (“I’m sorry the world’s seen your d**k, but also – f**k off, slightly”).
Season one left a number of loose threads, as Suzie prepared to divorce her husband, while salvaging her career without the help of the indispensable Naomi (who said she was leaving to visit Iran) – and also appears to learn she’s pregnant, presumably from her affair with showrunner Carter (Nathaniel Martello-White).
In a recent interview, Martello-White revealed that he was originally looking to play Suzie’s husband, rather than the ‘other man’, Carter: “Initially, I was auditioning for Cob and got to the wire on Cob and then they called me up for Carter afterward, actually, So when I got the material for Carter I was like, “Cool, maybe I can do something with this,” he told Metro.co.uk.
A second season would also likely deal with some of the fall-out of Naomi’s departure, and the apparently acrimonious divorce – not to mention Suzie’s (probable) pregnancy.
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I Hate Suzie season 2 trailer
There’s no trailer for I Hate Suzie season two as it hasn’t yet started filming, but we’ll keep this page updated with any news.
All episodes of I Hate Suzie season one arrived on Sky and NOW TV on 27th August 2020. TV Guide.you’re looking for something else to watch, check out our