I May Destroy You: 5 shows to watch if you like I May Destroy You

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All 12 episodes of I May Destroy You are streaming on the BBC iPlayer now. The finale will air this Tuesday (July 14) on BBC One at 10.45pm if you can wait until then. Express.co.uk has the ultimate list and breakdown of show’s you need to watch if you like I May Destroy You.

5 Shows to watch if you like I May Destroy You

Chewing Gum

If you loved I May Destroy You, you will not want to miss Michaela Coel’s break out series Chewing Gum.

Chewing Gum was written by and stars Michaela Coel, alongside Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma, Danielle Walters and Tanya Franks.

The series follows Tracey Gordon, played by Coel, a 24-year-old virgin who is extremely religious.

Despite her religious beliefs, Tracey wants to have sex and learn more about herself and the world.

Chewing Gum won the BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme and Breakthrough Talent for Michaela Coel for her work on the show

You can watch Chewing Gum via All 4 and Netflix now.

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Black Earth Rising

In 2018, Coel took on a non-comedic role in Black Earth Rising, which originally aired on BBC Two.

The series was created and directed by Hugo Blick about the prosecution of international war criminals.

Coel portrays Kate Ashby, a Rwandan-born British legal investigator in London.

Kate is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, who was adopted by a renowned internal lawyer, Eve (played by Harriet Walter).

When Eve takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader, both Kate and Eve lives change forever.

Also in the cast of Black Earth Rising is John Goodman, Danny Sapani and Noma Dumezweni.

Black Earth Rising is streaming on Netflix now.

Top Boy

Just like I May Destroy You, Top Boy is rooted in the depths of Hackney, East London.

Whilst I May Destroy You tackles the harsh realities of sexual assault and raises questions over consent, Top Boy shines a light on gang wars, poverty and the drug world.

Top Boy first aired on Channel 4 in 2011 before being cancelled by the channel, despite the series receiving critical appraise from critics for his realistic portrayal of London.

Thankfully Canadian rapper Drake stepped in to save the show and in 2019, a brand new series premiered on Netflix featuring the entire original cast.

Earlier this year, Top Boy was given a second season on the global streaming platform and is expected to premiere in 2021.

You can watch Top Boy and Top Boy: Summerhouse via Netflix now.

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Gangs of London

Gangs of London is a British action-crime drama series, following the struggles between rival gangs and other criminal organisations in London.

The series stars I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu as Alexander ‘Alex’ Dumani.

Also starring in the series is Joe Cole, best known for playing John Shelby in Peaky Blinders.

The synopsis for the series reads: “Created by visionary award-winning filmmaker Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery, Gangs of London takes audiences on an immersive journey into the hidden heart of the capital.”

You can watch Gangs of London now via Sky Go and NOW TV.


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Several critics have compared the cultural importance of I May Destroy You to Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ Fleabag.

Waller-Bridge starred in and created Fleabag, which was originally a one-woman stage show.

The series stars Waller-Bridge as a single woman in London, still grieving the loss of her mother and best friend.

The series first aired in 2016 before returning for a second final season in 2019.
For her performance, Waller-Bridge won the BAFTA award for best actress whilst the show received 11 Emmy nominations, winning six.

As Fleabag, Waller-Bridge often breaks the fourth wall to speak directly to viewers.

Also in the series is Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Fiona Shaw, Kristin Scott Thomas, Brett Gellman, Bill Paterson, Hugh Dennis and Andrew Scott.

I May Destroy You is available to watch on BBC iPlayer

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