'Everything I Know About Love': BBC release date, trailer, cast and more

We've got a first look at 'Everything I Know About Love,' BBC's adaptation of the beloved Dolly Alderton memoir

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Still sad about that Derry Girls last episode and looking for a new fictional friend group to fall in love with? Enter Everything I know About Love BBC's much-anticipated adaptation of Dolly Alderton's memoir of the same name. 

The upcoming series will be centered on twentysomethings living in a North London house-share in 2012, with flashbacks to the friends' adolescence in the early 2000s. (Fingers crossed that means we'll see some epic 2000s fashions and Y2K beauty trends pop up onscreen.)

The official BBC synopsis for the series reads: "Inspired by Dolly Alderton’s memoir - the love story of two childhood best friends, Maggie (Emma Appleton) and Birdy (Bel Powley). But can their platonic love survive romantic love as they grow up?"

When is the show coming out and who else is in the cast? Here's what we know so far. 

'Everything I know About Love' BBC release date

Everything I know About Love will arrive on BBC iPlayer and BBC One on Tuesday, June 7. All seven episodes of the season—which was written and created by Alderton and directed by China Moo-Young—will drop at once. 

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Watch the 'Everything I know About Love' trailer:

'Everything I know About Love' cast: who's who?

Serving as the two leads of the show, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitor) stars as Maggie and Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Morning Show) as Birdy. Rounding out the cast are: 

  • Marli Siu as Nell
  • Aliyah Odoffin as Amara
  • Collin Finch as Street
  • Jordan Peters as Neil
  • Ryan Bown as Nathan

Upon the casting announcement back in September 2021, Alderton told the BBC: (opens in new tab) "I am beyond thrilled with every actor we have on board for Everything I Know About Love. Aisha Bywaters has helped us find our dream cast and we are so excited to see them inhabit the world of the show and bring its stories and relationships to life."

Who is Dolly Alderton? Meet the writer behind the show

Dolly Alderton is a 33-year-old Canadian-British journalist, author and podcast host, who had a dating column in The Sunday Times from 2015 to 2017. 

"A frank and deeply personal account of friendships, relationships and growing up as a millennial," per BBC, her memoir Everything I Know About Love won a 2018 National Book Award in the autobiography category and was shortlisted for the 2019 Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. Alderton wrote the screenplay for the BBC adaptation

She released a novel, Ghosts, in October 2020, which follows a thirtysomething named Nina as she navigates the ghosting dating trend, aging parents, changing friendships and more. Alderton reportedly sold the film rights to Ghosts and was working on a second novel, per The Irish Independent (opens in new tab)

“[Novel writing] was structurally, creatively far more challenging than anything I’ve ever done, but emotionally, it was the easiest thing I’ve done in my life,” Alderton told the outlet. 

“I was hiding behind characters. I was hiding in a made-up world, and trying things out. I didn’t feel like I was exposing things about my own personal life. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it was even work. I guess when you’ve written a memoir about all the sort of mad embarrassing things you’ve done in your twenties, nothing will feel as emotionally challenging as that," she said. 

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.