Channel 4’s Queenie Drops Tonight

By Martha Davies

1 month ago

Candice Carty-Williams’ best-selling novel has been turned into a series


There’s nothing better than knowing that your favourite book is being turned into a TV show or film, and fans of Candice Carty-Williams’ work will be thrilled to hear that an adaptation of her novel, Queenie, arrives tonight on Channel 4. Here’s everything you need to knoq.

First Look At The TV Adaptation of Queenie, Starting Tonight On Channel 4

Sally Phillips and Dionne Brown in 'Queenie'

Image: Channel 4 / Latoya Okuneye

What is Queenie about?

Written by Candice Carty-Williams and published in 2019, the novel tells the story of 25 year-old Queenie Jenkins, a Jamaican-British woman working at a national newspaper. Following an unceremonious breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Tom, Queenie makes some less-than-wise dating decisions and finds herself reflecting on questions of identity, fulfilment and self-worth. ‘At its core, it’s a story about a young Black woman’s value and the unrelenting trials and tribulations of life,’ Channel 4’s synopsis states. The Channel 4 adaptation will take the form of an eight-part drama series.

Who will star?

  • Dionne Brown (Criminal Record, The Walk-In) as Queenie
  • Jon Pointing (Big Boys) as Tom
  • Samuel Adewunmi (Secret Invasion, You Don’t Know Me)
  • Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones
  • Tilly Keeper (You
  • Elisha Applebaum (Fate: The Winx Saga)
  • Mim Shaikh (Informer
  • Llewella Gideon (GameFace), 
  • Michelle Greenidge (After Life)
  • Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Cristale De’Abreu 
  • Joseph Ollman (Domina)
  • Melissa Johns (Grantchester)
  • Laura Whitmore (Sadhbh)

Is there a trailer?

Yes, you can watch it below.

When will Queenie be released?

The first two episodes will premiere on Channel 4 at 10pm on Tuesday 4 June. The rest of the series will then be available to stream online channel4.com. Over in the US, it will drop on Hulu on Friday 7 June. 

Images courtesy of Channel 4 / Latoya Okuneye