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Monday, 10 October 2016

Blogtober #7: My New Favourite Feminist TV Show


I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a good TV series to binge on. After I finally got over finishing Stranger Things, I thought I'd have to wait a long time to fall properly in love with a series again. I was definitely wrong. 

It's called Fleabag, it's broadcast on Amazon and BBC Three, and it's kind of amazing. Fleabag (yep, you never find out her real name) is a sex-obsessed cafe owner living in North London. She drinks too much, shags about, steals money from guys who take her out on dates and sends photos of her vag to her ex-boyfriend at work. And that's just the first episode.

I don't want to give too much away, but if you like TV that speaks openly about porn, being a 'bad feminist', grief, sex, family and relationships in your twenties, this is the show for you. It's definitely a comedy, but there's something darker going on too, involving her best friend Boo, a guinea pig, and a hot next door neighbour. You're desperate to find out more, and at only six episodes (boo) that are 25 minutes each, I had a seriously hard time not watching the whole thing in one day (Disclaimer: I did this. Oops).

And, did I mention, Olivia Coleman is in it?! And Olivia Coleman makes EVERYTHING better.

Picture credit: Stylist
Last point - Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer and actress who plays Fleabag, is freaking cool and has been dubbed 'Britain's answer to Lena Dunham', which I totally see. Here are some articles where she and others talk about sex, feminism, and more in the programme:
  1. Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag, sex jokes, and Ryan Gosling feminism (Vulture)
  2. Their lives are a mess, but TV's new heroines make us all feel better (The Guardian)
  3. Meet Fleabag: young, female, and filthy (The Times)
If you're craving a series you can binge watch in an evening and not feel the slightest bit guilty about, you can watch it here on BBC Three . And let me know what you think!

Hannah x

Feature image © The Telegraph

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