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10th Oct 2018

Channel 4’s new show The Bisexual features a lot of amazing Irish talent

Rory Cashin

The Bisexual

One of the Gleesons features in the new comedy, which kicks off tonight.

“When I hear bisexual, I just hear lame slut…”

Queer As Folk changed the landscape for LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen, but Channel 4 will be bringing an often overlooked part of the sexuality minority community to the forefront with The Bisexual.

Irish actors Brian (son of Brendan, brother of Domhnall) Gleeson, Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) and Niamh Algar (The Drummer And The Keeper, From The Dark) star alongside Maxine Peake (Black Mirror) and Desiree Akhavan (Creep 2), all telling the story of the differences between dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both.

The plot synopsis for the show goes as follows:

“New Yorker Leila (Akhavan) is feeling lost in London. She had been one half of an uber-cool power couple with her business partner Sadie, but Leila has a secret – she has come to the realisation that she is bisexual and having split up with Sadie (Peake) she has moved in with Gabe (Gleeson), a neurotic novelist who is having relationship problems of his own.

“Gabe doesn’t know many lesbians and Leila has not got much experience of hanging out with heterosexuals and together the housemates enter into an awkward partnership. Gabe becomes Leila’s unlikely “wingman” helping her to navigate her new life dating men and women – in return she introduces wide-eyed Gabe to the queer scene while also trying to help him decipher his unreadable, sort-of girlfriend Francisca.

“As Leila comes to rely on Gabe she finds herself struggling to come out to her gay friends, while her business relationship with Sadie hangs in the balance.”

The first episode of The Bisexual kicks off on Channel 4 tonight (Wednesday 10 October) at 10pm.

Check out the full trailer below:

Clip via Channel 4

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