Check out BBC’s newest musical mini-series, Mood, which is described as the fleabag for the influencer generation.
Based on Nicôle Lecky’s critically acclaimed Royal Court play Superhoe, the six-part series explores female agency, social media, mental health,racism and ambition while using music as a back drop.
Dawn Shadforth and Stroma Cairns direct the mini series which is written by and stars Lecky.
Sasha Clayton (Lecky) dreams of becoming a major recording artist, but right now she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Jordan Duvigneau, My Mum Tracy Beaker) on Instagram. When she is kicked out of her family home for drunkenly trying to burn her ex’s house down, Sasha becomes homeless and is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing with local drug dealer Saleem (Mohammad Dalmar). Everything seems to change when she meets and moves in with Instagram influencer and party girl Carly (Lara Peake, Brave New World), who introduces her to the exciting world of making money and becoming ‘famous’ on social media. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined. The series is told in part through the songs that Sasha creates and features an innovative original soundtrack performed by Lecky.
Mood also stars Ebony Aboagye as young Sasha Clayton, Lara Peake as Carly Visonz, a social media influencer, Jessica Hynes as Laura Clayton, Sasha’s mother, Paul Kaye as Kevin, Sasha’s stepfather, and Mia Jenkins as Megan Clayton, Sasha’s younger sister. Jordan Duvigneau, Flo Wilson, Jorden Myrie, Jason York, Chantelle Alle, Mohammad Moses, Sai Bennett,Tom Moutchi, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Tom Stourton, Renee Bailey, and Jade Thirlwall also star in the series.
Lisa Walters produced Mood with Nicôle Lecky executive producing alongside Margery Bone for Bonafide Films and Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.
You can stream the first two episodes now on BBC America.