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This New Billie Piper Drama From ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’ Creator Is A Must-Watch

This New Billie Piper Drama From ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’ Creator Is A Must-Watch

Billie Piper is set to play the lead role in Sky's must-watch new drama series, I Hate Suzie.

The Doctor Who favourite will play Suzie Pickles in the eight-part show, which will tackle the hugely relevant topic of revenge porn, and show her character's life turned upside down as her phone is hacked.

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Focusing on how Suzie grapples with the reality that an extremely compromising image is no longer private, the show has been billed as "excruciatingly honest" in how it follows her emotions, from shock, to fear, to acceptance and every emotion in-between.

Co-created by Billie and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl writer Lucy Prebble, the show will help to raise awareness about the painful and prolific issue of revenge porn in a digital age.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Speaking about working with Lucy again, Billie said: "It's taken years to finally get Lucy, my long-term GF and favourite writer in London - to work with me again.

"We feel we've created something timely and not for the faint-hearted.

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"If you too suffer with anxiety, shame, compulsive lying but like a laugh, please tune in at some point."

While Lucy added: "At last I get to make my best friend Billie Piper do terrible things on screen again. It is all I live for."

The show raises an important conversation at a time when revenge porn is still such a huge issue to this day.

Billie previously starred in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (Credit: ITV)
Billie previously starred in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (Credit: ITV)

Revenge porn has hit the headlines in recent years due to attacks on several high profile victims, from Love Island's Zara McDermott to actress Jennifer Lawrence to Blac Chyna.

However, proving just how relatable the topic is, a survey conducted by the University Of Miami which interviewed 1,606 respondents revealed that over 60 per cent of individuals had taken nude photographs and videos of themselves and shared them with someone else - proving the majority of us run the risk of becoming victims.

While the UK government have taken steps to tackle revenge porn, even making it a convictable offence to share or distribute sexual images of a person without their consent, experts have warned that there are still issues with the current legislation.

For one, a third of allegations of revenge porn are withdrawn by the complainant, with alleged victims citing lack of police support as a key factor behind this.

Credit: Unsplash
Credit: Unsplash

The fact that victims aren't granted anonymity is another key issue, which has even prompted a petition of almost 16,000 signatures.

The petition states: "We think the law is fundamentally flawed. At the moment [revenge porn] is a communications offence not a sexual offence and that means victims face the likelihood of being publicly named and we think that puts people off."

Given the prevalence of this issue, we'll definitely be tuning in.

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Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Pretty 52 who loves writing about all things food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also has a particular interest in women's issues.

 

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