Channel 4 has handed out a six episode series order to The Bisexual, a comedy from Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele and Sister Productions which explores the difference between dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both.
“Getting to play in the sandbox with such intelligent collaborators at Sister Pictures and Channel 4 is an absolute dream come true”, Akhavan said in a statement. “They’re the perfect partners in crime for a taboo sex comedy. And by that I mean they’re all perverts.”
The Bisexual follows New Yorker Leila, who is feeling lost in London. Recently part of an uber-cool power couple, she’s now split from girlfriend Sadie and is struggling to adjust. Moving in with a ‘stranger off the internet’ she soon discovers she’s swapped her luxe old life for a house-share with Gabe. He doesn’t know any lesbians and Leila’s not got too much experience of hanging out with heterosexuals – their worlds collide in deeply awkward and revealing ways as he becomes her unlikely wingman and helps her to navigate her new life dating men.
Desiree Akhavan co-created the series and is penning the scripts alongside Cecilia Frugiuele. Akhavan will also star in the lead role of Leila. Sister Productions is producing, with Naomi de Pear (Flowers) serving as the executive producer. It was commissioned by Deputy Head of Comedy Nery’s Evans and Phil Clarke, Acting Head of Drama & Head of Comedy for Channel 4.
“We are thrilled to be working with Desiree on her series The Bisexual. She has such a brilliantly unique viewpoint on finding love in your 30s”, said Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans. “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. She’s honest, authentic and brilliantly funny in her delivery.”