Nicôle Lecky’s TV adaptation of her award-winning stage play Superhoe has premiered on the newly-relaunched BBC Three channel.
The six-part series from production company Bonafide Films is a TV drama with comedy elements and is not a musical per se but features two songs in every episode.
As well as writing and starring in Mood, Lecky has also written the soundtrack for the show, which will be directed by Dawn Shadforth and Stroma Cairns.
Here’s all you need to know about Mood as it airs on BBC Three.
What happens in the BBC drama?
Mood follows the story of East End Londoner Sasha Clayton, a 25-year-old wannabe singer and rapper who’s forced to fend for herself when she’s kicked out of her family home.
She then meets enigmatic party girl Carly, who introduces her to the world of social media influencing, partying and online sex work.
As the gap between her new online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, she struggles to escape a world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined.
Speaking about the television show, Lecky said: “For me, Mood is a highly relevant, really important show to be around now.
“I think it covers so many issues, particularly the rise of homelessness in young people and sofa surfing, the rise of young women in sex work, and also familial issues.
“This addiction to social media that we have, the idea of liberation and exploitation with young women.
“When I discovered this story and started researching it, it’s almost like I couldn’t not include social media because social media is this force today that is everywhere.”
Who is in the cast of Mood?
Actor, writer and singer-songwriter, Nicôle Lecky, known for her work in Sense8, Doctors, and Death in Paradise plays the lead character Sasha.
Alongside Lecky are Flo Wilson (Death In Paradise), Jorden Myrie (Stephen), Jason York (Sliced), Chantelle Alle (Vera, We Are Lady Parts) and Ebony Aboagye (The Lost Girls).
There are also guest appearances from names such as Sai Bennett (Mr Selfridge), Tom Moutchi (Famalam), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts), Tom Stourton (Horrible Histories) and Renee Bailey in her first TV role.
Why has Mood been compared to Fleabag?
Mood, based on Lecky’s Royal Court play, Superhoe, has been likened to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, having also started as a solo theatre piece.
Superhoe was first performed as a short in June 2018 and later ran as a full-length one-woman show in early 2019.
When does Mood release on BBC Three?
Mood premiered on BBC Three at 10.05 pm on March 1 and is one of the first dramas on BBC Three since the channel’s return to mainstream TV.
For those who missed the first episode, it is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
There are six episodes in total, and the second one will air at 10 pm on March 8.
The synopsis for Tuesday’s episode reads: “When Sasha is forced to escape surfing on her drug dealer Saleem’s sofa, she needs to ask Carly for a favour. But what is it going to cost?”