The trailer for the much anticipated television version of best-selling book Lessons in Chemistry has arrived.
Bonnie Garmus’ book, released last year, following Elizabeth Zott, a cookery show host in 1960s Southern California who changed careers after being dismissed as a scientist.
It was an instant success, selling millions of copies, but it was taken up to be converted into a programme before the book was even published.
Fans have now had their first glimpse of Brie Larson in the lead role, with Harry Styles’ song Sign of the Times soundtracking the teaser, which opens with Elizabeth speaking to her audience.
‘In life, discoveries usually lead to more questions. The only constant variable is the unexpected,’ she says.
‘We can’t control it. It’s only when you look backwards that you see how it was all connected.’
Her blossoming romance with colleague and fellow scientist Calvin Harris (Lewis Pullman) is portrayed, but as she is falling in love, she also experiences many hurdles as she battles sexism in their 1950s workplace.
Despite Calvin thinking Elizabeth is on ‘the verge of a major scientific breakthrough’, one of her bosses tells her in a meeting that their institution has a ‘reputation based on world class scientists…not the theories of a pretty lab tech’.
After being dismissed, Elizabeth is given a job as the host of a culinary programme, and despite her reservations, she accepts and rapidly becomes a tremendously successful television personality.
To the surprise of some TV producers, Elizabeth uses her show Supper at Six to encourage other women, claiming that she “stands proudly with the overlooked workhorse of the kitchen…women and baked potatoes.”
As one of her friends, Harriet (Aja Naomi King), informs her, she has something “almost no one has…a platform,” and urges Elizabeth to speak out about other social problems, which leads to her participation in a Civil Rights Movement sit-in.
But when her TV boss tells her that politics don’t belong in the kitchen and that men only want their wives to pour them a drink after a hard day at work, she pushes back and wonders why men can’t make women drinks.
The emotionally intense video concludes with Elizabeth requesting assistance for women attempting to manage their obligations.
‘Children set the table. Your mother needs a moment to herself,’ she said.
The eight-episode series also stars Stephanie Koenig, Kevin Sussman, Patrick Walker, and Thomas Mann.
Lessons in Chemistry is streaming from October 13 on Apple TV Plus.
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