Chewing Gum (TV series)
|Created by||Michaela Coel|
|Written by||Michaela Coel|
|Directed by||Tom Marshall|
|Theme music composer||
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Distributor||FremantleMedia International (Non-UK)|
|Original release||6 October 2015– 9 February 2017|
Chewing Gum is a British television sitcom set in London. It was written by and stars Michaela Coel, alongside the cast of Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma, Danielle Walters and Tanya Franks. The show features 24-year-old shop assistant Tracey Gordon, a restricted, religious virgin, who wants to have sex and learn more about the world. The show won the BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme and Breakthrough Talent for Michaela Coel for her work on the show.
In August 2014, Channel 4 announced that Coel was to star in and write a new sitcom called Chewing Gum, inspired by her play Chewing Gum Dreams. "C4 Comedy Blaps" were released as teasers in September 2014, and the series began on E4 in October 2015. Her performance earned her the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance in 2016; she also won a BAFTA for Breakthrough Talent for writing the show. Chewing Gum received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
In April 2017 it was announced by Channel 4 that the show would not be returning for a third series. However, in November 2017, Coel stated via Twitter that she intended to create a third series at some point in the future.
- Michaela Coel as Tracey Gordon
- John MacMillan as Ronald
- Robert Lonsdale as Connor Jones
- Tanya Franks as Mandy
- Danielle Isaie as Candice
- Kadiff Kirwan as Aaron
- Susan Wokoma as Cynthia
- Shola Adewusi as Joy
- Maggie Steed as Esther
- Vera Chok as Penelope
- Olisa Odele as Ola
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||6 October 2015||10 November 2015|
|2||6||12 January 2017||9 February 2017|
Series 1 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Reference|
|1||1||"Sex and Violence"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||6 October 2015||TBA|
|In hope of not becoming her uptight older sister, Cynthia, Tracey tries to move her and her fiancé Ronald's relationship to the next level. Getting a makeover by her best friend Candice themed to her inspiration Beyoncé, she goes on a venture to grasp his attention, but when street poet Connor catches hers her emotions become mixed, especially when he turns up at a party Tracey is attending.|
|2||2||"Binned"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||13 October 2015||TBA|
|Connor is Tracey's goal now, and she wants to bin Ronald to fulfill her relationship needs. She runs into Connor's mum, Mandy, and is given some off-putting information about his history in romance. But once she visits Ronald, who is recovering from a car accident, she sees the light when all he can think about is the nurse aiding him.|
|3||3||"Possession"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||20 October 2015||TBA|
|During a shift at the shop, Tracey is able to grab a chance to improve her future in a recruitment day. When it turns sour, a member of staff tries to make a deal she might regret. Meanwhile, Cynthia covers Tracey's shift in the shop while she is gone and Candice and her Nan, Esther, attempt to make some money hosting a party selling sex-toys.|
|4||4||"The Unicorn"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||27 October 2015||TBA|
|Connor and Tracey are having some problems in the bedroom. In order to save what they have, Tracey tries to get advice from her friends but comes across a new app and plans to hold a threesome with a "Unicorn" known as Sacha. Back at home, Cynthia is using Tracey's laptop for some sex-related research but soon is introduced to desperate and strange Seb.|
|5||5||"The Last Supper"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||3 November 2015||TBA|
|Tracey thinks she can expose Connor's hidden talent in a show for performance poetry, but it goes terribly wrong. Also, Tracey's cousin, Boy Tracey, comes over to visit and gives her a prize she was never expecting to have to face. Cynthia has a life-changing secret to tell her family.|
|6||6||"Toiled Road"||Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel||10 November 2015||TBA|
|Tracey is kicked out by her mum and is left to move into Candice's house, but is soon driving her crazy. Connor finally gets a job in hope that Tracey will eventually move in with him. It's also the wedding day of Cynthia and Ronald; Tracey must figure out a way to expose Ronald's homosexual feelings and stop her sister from making a terrible mistake.|
Series 2 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Reference|
|1||7||"WTF Happened?"||Tom Marshall & Simon Neal||Michaela Coel||12 January 2017||TBA|
|After three months away, including time in a homeless shelter, Tracey returns to run Deepak's corner shop in his absence. Connor comes in to do repair work and, learning that he has a new girlfriend, Tracey attempts to make him jealous by claiming to be dating famous grime rapper Stormzy.|
|2||8||"Replacements"||Simon Neal||Michaela Coel||19 January 2017||TBA|
|Tracey is busy replacing Connor and Candice with new dates and friends, but her mum sets her some challenging tests before she can move back into the family home.|
|3||9||"Just Need Some Company"||Simon Neal & Tom Marshall||Michaela Coel & Rob Hayes||26 January 2017||TBA|
|In need of some male company, Tracey agrees to go to a party along with Boy Tracy in an attempt to find someone who thinks she's attractive. Chaos ensues when Tracey, Boy Tracy, Candice, and Aaron end up at a sex club.|
|4||10||"Orlando"||Simon Neal||Michaela Coel||2 February 2017||TBA|
|Tracey is tired of spending time with Connor and his new girlfriend. Cynthia demands an apology from Ronald. Esther gets mistaken for Candice when she sets up a date with a guy she met online.|
|5||11||"Road Trip"||Simon Neal||Michaela Coel||9 February 2017||TBA|
|Tracey and Ola crash Aaron and Candice's "meet the parents" weekend. Candice is fed up of Aaron not being man enough for her. Ola meets some new and exciting people. Meanwhile, Cynthia finally has her sexual awakening.|
|6||12||"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"||Simon Neal||Michaela Coel||9 February 2017||TBA|
|Now more desperate than ever to lose her virginity, Tracey joins a book club in the hope that she will meet men different from the type she usually goes for, yet as usual not all goes to plan. Karly's due in labour any time now, and the estate pull together to find out who the father is.|
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