Michaela Coel’s next show could take place in the I May Destroy You universe

Given the quality and cultural significance of Coel’s previous work, we should be in for a treat.

The BBC has confirmed that Michaela Coels new series could be linked to I May Destroy You, Coel’s powerful 2020 drama that tackled issues of sexual consent and assault, one nuanced, devastating episode at a time.

That being said, it’s unlikely this mysterious new show will be picking Arabella, Kwame and Terry’s characters up where they left off. It’s truly in Michaela’s head and it’s not for me second guess that too much at this point,” Piers Wenger, the BBC’s drama controller, told Deadline.

It’s at relatively early stages, but I wanted to let the fans of I May Destroy You know that there is a new show coming along. What relationship that show will have with the original series [is for Michaela to decide]. There’s a relationship between Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You. There’s a through line to her thinking. I suspect there may be elements [of I May Destroy You], but it’s really too early to say anything specific.”

Back in February, HBO confirmed that the series would not return for a second season. Instead, the onus was on Coel and what she wanted to do next. As we wait with baited breath for the actress, writer, producer and director’s next project to drop, let’s hope I May Destroy You scoops up as many BAFTAs as possible on 6th June.

Check out our digital zine, The Ins and Outs of Consent, created in collaboration with gal-dem and the BBC in response to I May Destroy You here.


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