January 22nd is the new drama coming to BBC One and HBO. The series is written by and starring Michaela Coel, best known for the shows Black Earth Rising and Chewing Gum. Her latest project explores the questions around sexual consent, dating and relationships.

When does January 22nd air on BBC One and HBO?

At the moment, January 22nd does not have an official air date on BBC One and HBO.

However, there is good news. Filming for the series is currently underway in London, so fans of Coel’s work can expect the series in the latter half of 2020 or early 2021.

There are 12 episodes in January 22nd and each instalment is 30 minutes long.

Viewers in the UK will be able to watch January 22nd on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer.

Across the Atlantic and internationally, January 22nd will air on HBO.

Whether the series will be simulcast remains unknown for now.

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

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Who stars in January 22nd on BBC One and HBO?

BAFTA-winning actress Michaela Coel stars in and has written January 22nd.

Coel plays the series main character Arabella, who is described as “a care-free, self-assured Londoner.”

Joining Coel in the series is Inside No 9 actress Weruche Opia as Terry Pratchard, Arabella’s best friend.

Press actor Paapa Essiedu plays Kwame Acheamong, a part-time dancer and gym instructor with serious self-esteem issues.

Belgravia star plays Adam James in the series, alongside Catastrophe actress Sarah Niles and Strike: Career of Evil’s Ann Atkin.

Also in the series is White Gold’s Harriet Webb, Girl/Haji’s Ellie James, Peep Show’s Franc Ashman, Flesh and Blood’s Karen Gill and Horrible Histories Natalie Walter.

Actor Samson Ajewole, who makes his television acting debut in the series.

Michaela Coel said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have pulled together such a talented cast to bring these scripts to life and I look forward to sharing this work with you all next year.”

What is January 22nd about?

January 22nd is set in present-day London and follows the story of 20-something Arabella.

Arabella is an aspiring writer, living her best life, but things take a dark turn when she is spiked with a date-rape drug.

The series follows her coming to terms with what happened to her and her trying to rebuild her life.

The synopsis read: “Feted as the ‘voice of her generation’, Arabella is complex, original and highly talented.


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“But, distracted by the pressures of her first triumph, she is struggling to write her second novel and is in danger of becoming destructive and self-absorbed.

“After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family.

“As Arabella struggles to come to terms with what has happened, she begins a journey of self-discovery. Often painful, sometimes funny, it leads her to some surprising places – and controversial conclusions.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with someone as bold and fearless as Michaela, she has created an ultra-contemporary show which explores the issues of her generation with huge compassion, humour and a raw truthfulness.

“It’s an incredibly urgent story which the BBC are proud to be telling.”


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Is there a trailer for January 22nd?

No, there is no trailer for January 22nd yet as the series has just begun filming.

A trailer will be released closer to the show’s release date.

For now, you can watch Coel’s other drama Black Earth Rising and Chewing Gum on Netflix now.

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January 22nd is currently in production

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