I Hate Suzie Too breaks a TV taboo in one quick scene

I hate Suzy too Spoilers follow.

This fully female-centric drama Billie Piper intertwines its anti-hero with exploration of topics rarely seen on screen, and within moments of its own anti-Christmas special, the show proves it’s back doing what it does best.

Picking up almost right where we left off at the end of Season 1, Susie Pickles, a once pregnant beloved celebrity, is now the target of nasty tabloid fodder. But instead of using this as a grand blueprint device or catalyst for more shocks, I hate Suzy too She sees her leadership make a more pragmatic decision about performing an early home abortion.


Suzie takes some pills, wonders if they’re doing what they’re supposed to, talks to a normally unhelpful automated customer service bot, has a bit of a cramp, and then passes a lot of blood. In the morning, the sheets are washed, and so on, the story continues.

It was almost certainly the first time that miscarriage had been depicted in a mechanical way on screen, and it struck such a chord that displaying blood on a sanitary napkin, though evident on paper, seems revolutionary in itself.

“It’s funny, isn’t it?” Lucy Prebble, writer of the critically acclaimed show, told the magazine independent In a recent interview. “When you see something and you think, ‘Well, that’s weird,’ because this happens a lot in real life, but I’ve never seen it.” This feeling always makes me go towards him.”

Billie Piper, I hate Susie too


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Refer to the scene during the interview guardian, star and producer Billie Piper explained: “I think it’s important to show things authentically. I know a lot of women that having an abortion is very painful. But for some women, ‘It’s not right for me, and I’m going to do it.'” I think it’s different for everyone.”

Abortion is, of course, a sensitive topic, and it can bar emotional responses from those with personal stories to tell. But this more mundane set of conditions is one that exists for women and those with a uterus as well, and it’s a bold and important step to point the camera in that direction — especially right now.

While the episode was written long before Roe v Wade was overturned in the United States, resulting in millions losing the constitutional right to abortion, watching it with that added context only added to its brilliance.

It should be noted that abortion rights are far from universal across the world, but the move in the United States (which was decided mostly by men) has brought the issue to the top of the political agenda. Many shared their own stories in a move to highlight just how diverse the circumstances can be.

Sure, some of them are life savers in a very literal sense. But others simply refer to a person’s right to choose what happens to their body; A way to gain autonomy. This is also important.

Billie Piper, I hate Susie too

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The show won widespread acclaim for pushing the boundaries of what we show on TV when it premiered, and aired to homes under lockdown, in 2020.

Whether creating a safe space to explore female masturbation, unpack the nuances of toxic relationships or just allowing some laughter during life’s more difficult moments, I hate Susie She felt like a pioneer from outside.

In a year that also saw Michaela Cowell revolutionize may destroy you A BBC adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel Ordinary peopleIt was one piece of a very specific puzzle.

I hate Suzy too It continues this legacy, completely encapsulating the exhaustion of being in a world that serves men by default. Suzie represents chaos and complexity not often given to the main female characters, or even given to the real women in their everyday lives for that matter.

Although clearly not intentional, the three-part special’s focus on the media’s treatment of high-profile women is perfectly timed, too. It debuted in a week when a white CIS man used his platform in a national newspaper to insult and spew misogyny against a woman who has been relentlessly picked on in the headlines for years.

While we’re not about to argue that TV dramas will come along and fix all this mess, the narratives they convey and the discussions they spark have a very tangible role in shaping the zeitgeist.

And if these guys continue to push their agendas, we clearly need to shout a little louder.

I hate Suzy too It is broadcast on Sky and NOW from 20 December.

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