Dolly Alderton speaks out on the portrayal of female friendships in BBC’S 'Everything I Know About Love'

Prepare to call your bestie in tears…

BBC's Everything I Know About Love: People: Nell (MARLI SIU);Maggie (EMMA APPLETON);Birdy (BEL POWLEY);Amara (ALIYAH ODOFFIN)
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Everything I Know About Love’s author and producer Dolly Alderton has spoken out on the importance of female friendships ahead of the highly anticipated BBC adaptation of the bestselling book.

We are all very familiar with the whole ‘friends to lovers’ depictions in TV and movies, but not so much with platonic love. We see toxic friendships and fallouts but hardly ever do we get a series about normal and relatable friendships—despite how important they are in many of our lives.

Until now that is—as thanks to author Dolly Alderton, we’re about to see female friendships take center stage with a BBC adaptation of her bestselling memoir Everything I Know About Love.

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What is 'Everything I Know About Love' about?

Dolly, who is not only the author of the original memoir but also the executive producer and screenwriter of the upcoming series, describes it as a ‘raucous girl gang show.’ 

She says it involves comedy, romance and a whole lot of drama—and seeing as the adaptation comes from the company behind Normal People and Conversations With Friends, we already know it’s going to be great.

The memoir itself follows Dolly’s own life and experiences through her 20s, which really connected with readers. 

She told the BBC: “It made sense that it would be a good story to put on camera because it wasn’t just about me, it was about this chorus of friends working out what kind of women we wanted to be when we intersected with the adult world.”

How does 'Everything I Know About Love' portray female friendships?

Speaking on the most important element of the plot, Dolly said first and foremost it’s a drama about two best friends.

She said the series is, “looking at the ups and downs of their relationship with the same kind of focus and lens as you would in a romantic comedy. So, elevating that friendship to a place of premium drama that's normally reserved just for romantic relationships.”

Dolly also wants to bring the idea of a ‘girl gang’—which so many of us can relate to—to the series, as our female friendships can play a major role in our childhoods and early 20s. Our best gal pals are there through college stresses, breakups, hangovers, losing loved ones—everything—so Dolly notes that her own besties actually inspired the series.

Aesthetic-wise, we can look forward to a lot of 2000s nostalgia and Y2K trends as well as other cultural nods to our own 20s—like stolen road signs and traffic cones from messy nights out and so on.

Dolly explains that this was something she really wanted to bring to life from her memoir, saying: “It’s obviously just so delicious to put on screen, and so fun to flashback to the noughties with two teenage girls putting hair gems in or listening to Hear’Say”—who produced some bangers if we may say so ourselves.

The hope is that Everything I Know About Love will resonate with everyone, as it covers everything from heartbreak to self-discovery.

Dolly says the show will definitely make viewers, “laugh, cry and ring their best friend immediately.”

The series which stars Emma Appleton, Bel Powley, Marli Siu and Aliyah Odoffin lands on June 7th and will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

It’s safe to say that we can’t wait to watch this!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.