I Hate Suzie Director speaks out on moment Billie Piper ‘hated’ during production

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When Suzie Pickles’ (played by Billie Piper) intimate photos were leaked all over the internet her life literally began to crumble in front of her. But, with the help of her manager and best friend Naomi (Leila Farzad) she tries to get some handle on the situation. But, what wasn’t the easiest process, was directing such a show. 

Each episode of I Hate Suzie is attached to an emotion: Shame, guilt, denial. 

All of these, felt by Suzie, a thirty-something whose life took a turn when she won a talent show when she was young. 

But, with so many different emotions swimming around after her phone is hacked, this meant packing more into each episode than anyone could have ever imagined. 

“Lucy writes incredibly in-depth,” explained director Georgi.

“I remember once, our artistic director put a schedule [together] for a day and we [all] looked [at it]. 

“It was only for one scene but I said to them [the cast] ‘Have you read this?’ It’s five scenes in one mate!’

“But, it is so layered and I think that is the best way to describe it – it can be tricky.

“As a director, you have to read it again and again, and then read between the lines.”

“And Lucy is able to create such a great tapestry by doing that.” Georgi added. 

“Lucy was always there [on set to talk] about this [show] we were creating.

“But there are certain scenes where it would spin-off, and [I would turn to Lucy and say] ‘I think all of the actors hate you Lucy.’ 

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Apparently it was because Georgi “never said ‘cut,'” instead she was “forcing them to continue with scenes,” but as a result, “something amazing” came “at the end of each take because they had to keep going”. 

“I want them to be able to play and I do not mind if it is different every time,” she added. 

Billie added: “I’m not good at improvising at the best of times but it does create something sort of beautiful in the space.”

But, with eight episodes under their belts and a lot to cover, it seems writer Lucy had a very strict plan when creating Suzie’s world. 

Lucy chipped in: “It was very exciting to get something where you can change an episode in so many different ways.

“But, firstly, you have to make sure you know what the style of the show is going to be like. 

“And secondly, is what it looks like and this is the glue that holds it all together.” 

All eight episodes of I Hate Suzie can be streamed now on Sky Atlantic. 

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