- Brian Donaldson
- 25 October 2020
Eight-parter about a trio of friends living in LA
We've seen fictionalised stories down the ages of people trying to make it into the world of show business, but Twenties is probably the first which offers this narrative from a black female perspective. This fact alone should make it worthy of trumpeting, but the eight-parter about a trio of pals based in LA is so packed with flaws and irritations, that it makes you hope that someone else comes along with a much better and far funnier execution of the same idea.
The main problem is with lead character and aspiring screenwriter Hattie played by Jonica T Gibbs: it's difficult to truly root for someone who acts like a spoilt child, unable to stop herself from throwing pretend punches at people she doesn't like. When she pompously chastises her mum (the brilliant Kym Whitley) for just turning up at her workplace unannounced as this might not make her look like a serious player, it comes a minute after she was slouched half-asleep at her desk. Complaining almost every few minutes that she can't get a break with her writing ambitions, Hattie regularly avoids getting stuck into a script to go to parties or hang out with pals. If this truly is a work of autobiography, then it's clear that somewhere down the line, Twenties creator Lena Waithe must have given herself a good shake.
Thankfully, the other members of this friendship trio are of more interest: yoga teacher Nia (Gabrielle Graham) still harbours acting ambitions while trying to understand why her new boyfriend doesn't have a mobile phone, and TV studio exec Marie (Christina Elmore) suspects her husband may have an alternative take from her on sexuality due to his changing taste in porn. This, sadly, is about as compelling as Twenties gets.
All episodes available on BBC Three, Sunday 25 October.