New Riot Women drama on BBC: Everything you need to know

Sally Wainwright, Hot Flush writer

by Arabella Horspool |
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Sally Wainwright, the writer of Happy Valley has been working hard on a new project called Riot Women for BBC One and iPlayer. Here's everything we know so far.

Riot Women plot

Previously called 'Hot Flush', the new drama will follow a group of friends around the same age in Hebden Bridge who come together to create a punk-rock band and enter a talent contest. The show will focus on their lives, husbands and the menopause.

Speaking to the BBC, Sally Wainwright said, "I've been wanting to write a series like this for a long time. It's a celebration of women of a certain age, and all the life-stuff they suddenly find themselves negotiating/dealing with. The show is also my own personal homage to Rock Follies of '77, and the feisty Little Ladies who woke me up to what I wanted to do with my life when I was 13."

Riot Women: BBC drama cast

The cast for Riot Women hasn't been announced yet, but having worked with the likes of Sarah Lancashire, James Norton, Surranne Jones and Nicola Walker in the past, we're excited to see who will be joining the show.

Executive Producer Roanna Benn said "In inimitable Sally-style, Hot Flush introduces us to brilliant and unforgettable characters; it is so funny, and simultaneously so full of drama, it will have you laughing and sitting on the edge of your seat. This is a show about the women who hold up modern Britain, their stories urgently need to be told, and who better than Sally Wainwright to do that."

When does Riot Women start on BBC?

There's currently no release date for Riot Women yet, but filming will take place in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, where Sally's drama Happy Valley (starring Sarah Lancashire) was also filmed.

Sally has also written and produced many other popular dramas including Last Tango in Halifax, Scott and Bailey, Gentleman Jack and Unforgiven (the latter three starring Surranne Jones) which are also set in Yorkshire, where she is from.

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.

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