Desiree Akhavan to Make UK Comedy Series 'The Bisexual'

By Rosser, Michael | Screen International, August 24, 2016 | Go to article overview

Desiree Akhavan to Make UK Comedy Series 'The Bisexual'


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Channel 4 has commissioned an original scripted comedy from Desiree Akhavan, the US film-maker and actor behind acclaimed Sundance 2014 feature Appropriate Behaviour.

The Bisexual will look at the difference of dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both.

Akhavan, who wrote the series with Cecilia Frugiuele (Appropriate Behaviour) and will direct the 6 x 30-minute episodes, will also star as New Yorker Leila who is feeling lost in London.

Following a break up from girlfriend Sadie, she moves in with a British guy who becomes her unlikely wingman and helps her navigate dating men.

The Bisexual was commissioned for Channel 4 by Nerys Evans, deputy head of comedy, and Phil Clarke, acting head of drama and head of comedy,

Evans said: "Desiree has such a brilliantly unique viewpoint on finding love in your 30s. We love her candid observations, both on being an outsider in a strange city as well as the sexual politics encountered when you are neither straight nor gay. …

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