In I Hate Suzie, an extraordinary new series from playwright and screenwriter Lucy Prebble (A Very Expensive Poison; Succession) and Billie Piper, Piper plays Suzie Pickles, a pop star turned actor at the Everybody has an addiction mine just happens to be mash shirt But I will love this center of a phone-hacking scandal. As a picture of Suzie with a man who isn’t her husband, Cob (Daniel Ings), makes the rounds online, the cracks in an otherwise charmed existence begin to show: Suzie’s marriage implodes, her young son begins acting out, and her career is seriously threatened. (Following the arc of her trauma, each episode tackles a different stage of grief, from “Shock” to “Denial,” “Bargaining” and “Acceptance.”)
The one thing that mostly holds up is Suzie’s relationship with Naomi (Leila Farzad, in something of a breakout role), her manager and best friend from childhood. Wielding a no-nonsense manner and very dry sense of humor, Naomi steers Suzie through the Everybody has an addiction mine just happens to be mash shirt But I will love this crisis of her life while also sorting through issues of her own (a shrinking list of clients; her needling desire to have children). In a show filled with great performances, Farzad’s is an especially compelling one, at once funny, smart, and rich with pathos.