I Hate Suzie Too Review: Billie Piper is back in this pitch black, totally unsentimental and beautiful show

Billie Piper has had quite a journey. From teenage pop star (and my first crush) to the tabloids’ obsession with her marriages to Chris Evans and – shudder – Laurence Fox, to her position as one of Britain’s top actresses. i hate suzie – created by Piper along with Diary of a call girl employees and successor Author Lucy Prebble – was a great example of Piper’s skills and now returns for a brief second season: I hate Suzie too. Get ready to be traumatized all over again.

After hitting rock bottom at the end of season one (marriage ended, career in shambles, unexpected pregnancy imminent), Suzie is now building a home amidst the gritty debris of her previous life. Your big comeback opportunity – privately and professionally – is aStrict Reality TV show called DanceCrazee. But behind the makeup and glitter, leotards and leg warmers, Suzie is hanging by a thread. “How do you feel?” the cheerful compere (Layton Williams) asks her as she emerges from the dance floor after her performance drew a spate of negative reactions on social media. “Not ideal!” replies Suzie through her huge, clenched teeth.

I hate Suzie too (while styling the new season, quite bizarre) begins with Suzie performing an odd, clownish piece of interpretive dance. It’s pure commedia dell’arte, with a thick vein of it running through the show’s dark farce. Piper’s incredible facial elasticity coupled with the physicality of her performance turns her self-destructive streak into a punch and judy show in which she plays both protagonists. “The team decides between you, you look moody or you look miserable,” her new agent Sian (Anastasia Hille) tells her. “Well, those are my two states,” Suzie replies.

Also back are new ex-husband Cob (Daniel Ings), who brings a cruel authority to the divorce process (“Only Suzie matters,” he complains, “Only the famous person matters”), and best friend and former agent Naomi (Leila Farzad). . New characters also appear: catastrophe‘s Douglas Hodge as ex-husband Bailey and inbetweener Blake Harrison as grieving Lothario Danny. Together they orbit each other like stray debris satellites whipped up in Suzie’s Tornado of Chaos. And the closer the Christmas finale of the dance show gets, the closer the crisis point comes. It all builds into one big, obsessive farce – and against this background the clowns keep dancing.

I have an instinctive nervousness about any show wanting to be branded “intrepid” (in a couple of scenes, for example, we see the inside of Suzie’s sanitary napkin). I hate Suzie too takes the rough with the smooth and encompasses both physical and mental discomfort. Suzie’s trauma has her spasmodically morphing into Freddy Krueger or Pennywise or (though I’m not sure if they like the comparison) The Joker. And yet, Prebble’s script prevents things from escalating into either full, writhing uneasiness or total frustration with its tricky protagonist. The humor remains pitch-black (“I want to crawl into a hole and die—hit—take care of my kid,” Suzie tells her agent; “Well, your kid isn’t going to be very happy in that hole with a dead mother,” Sian replies ) and absolutely unsentimental. The attraction of the grotesque is always balanced by the same counterbalance of compassion.

“I’m not a bad mom,” Suzie declares defiantly. “I’m not a bad dancer. And I’m not a bad person.” Tormented by her insecurities, Suzie is a hero of our times. And this three-part comeback is a Christmas special of our time. funny and fierce, I hate Suzie too is played as beautifully as it is, well, unabashed.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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