End of the F***ing World, The: British Series Wins Best Drama from BAFTA

The End of the F***ing World, the dark British comedy-drama TV series, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman, won the 2020 BAFTA Award for Best Drama.

The eight-part program premiered its first episode on Channel 4 in the UK on October 24, 2017, after which all episodes were released on All 4.  Netflix released it internationally on January 5, 2018.

The program follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old who believes he’s a psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), an angry classmate who sees in James a chance to escape from her tumultuous home life.

Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry, Barry Ward and Naomi Ackie appear in supporting roles.

The series is based on Forsman’s mini-comics The End of the Fucking World, which were collected into a book in 2013.

Series creator Jonathan Entwistle contacted him, and a short was made in 2014.

An eight-part serial was commissioned, with shooting beginning in April 2017. It was written by Charlie Covell, and episodes were directed by Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak.

In August 2018, the program was renewed for a second series, which premiered on Channel 4 in November 2019, after which all eight episodes were released on All 4, and internationally on Netflix the next day. .

The program was nominated for the 2018 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series, as well as winning a Peabody Award in 2019.

 

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