a painfully honest love letter to millennial women

Based on the best-selling memoir by 33-year-old journalist Dolly Alderton, All I Know About Love (BBC One) begins with the caveat that parts of the show are “fictionalized when life didn’t offer a good enough story”. But for many women under 35, this tender, comical and twitchingly accurate portrayal of love, friendship and your early twenties in London will feel like anything but fiction. It’s not often that we millennials feel nostalgic, but it’s almost impossible to finish everything I know about love without having sent a spate of WhatsApp messages to old friends and roommates, all of whom are following along “Do you remember when…?” began.

24-year-old friends Maggie, Birdy, Nell and Amara have just moved into their first London home in Camden, where they use every excuse – a new job, a lost job – to open a bottle of wine on a Monday and spend hours doing it to practice dance routines in mismatched pajamas before snuggling into bed together (though they wish Maggie wore pants). And while most of their conversations revolve around boys — from disaster dates to outlasting boyfriends who use too much hot water — the love story at the heart of this story has nothing to do with them.

Instead, it’s about Maggie (Alderton’s fictional alter ego) and her oldest friend, Birdy. Maggie (played with charisma by rising star Emma Appleton) is the fun one. As an aspiring writer who lands a dream job as a producer on a reality TV show (like Alderton herself did on Made in Chelsea before she became a Sunday Times dating columnist), she’s always looking for a party, even if that’s not the case means she’s hailing a black cab From London to Liverpool in the early hours to meet the one friend who’s still on the way.

Meanwhile, Birdy (an adorable Bel Powley) is the sensible one: she delivers a PowerPoint presentation at an interview for a counter job at John Lewis and has a meltdown when the salmon plate she bought as a “future heirloom” is used on cocaine lines . But they’re perfect for each other: Birdy tirelessly peels Maggie out of sticky situations, while Maggie encourages Birdy to be a little braver. When Birdy falls in love with her first boyfriend and decides to move in with him, Maggie experiences her first true lovesickness.

TV is full of middle-class white women wreaking havoc on their perfect lives (Hello, Sally Rooney) after too many glasses of Chardonnay (Hello, Sally Rooney), and some will roll their eyes at Maggie’s privilege and narcissism. But Alderton (who also created the show) has always been a wryly self-deprecating writer, and her apparent confidence keeps this love letter to female friendship as charming as her memoir.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/everything-know-love-review-painfully-honest-love-letter-millennial/ a painfully honest love letter to millennial women


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