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Rules of the Game: Is the Maxine Peake drama based on a true story?

Rules of the Game: Is the Maxine Peake drama based on a true story?
Maxine Peake leads the cast of the new series (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Brian Sweeney)

There’s a brand new drama starring Maxine Peake to look out for, with Rules of the Game arriving on BBC One this week.

The series takes a look at sexual politics in the workplace, following the events that lead up to a suspicious death.

When a body is found in the reception of a northern sportswear company, Maxine’s character Sam recounts the events that lead to the incident.

It also follows a new HR director as they take on the uphill struggle of tackling the insidious lad culture in the office.

It’s one of the new arrivals coming to BBC One in January – but is it based on a true story?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Is Rules of the Game based on a true story?

The series takes a look at office politics (Picture: BBC)

The drama is not based on one specific true story, but it is inspired by the #MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein.

Writer Ruth Fowler said: ‘When we conceived this show it was during the Weinstein scandal, and I was concerned it might have dated in the interim.

‘How sadly wrong I was, and I’m honoured the BBC and everyone else championing this story did not let it fade away as its relevance has become even more acute.

‘Many women’s experiences (including my own) inspired this fictional show – with the added benefit that in the retelling no women were harmed, maimed or exposed to Harvey.

‘I’m delighted the brave, wonderful and tenacious Maxine Peake is on board to help tell this story.’

Speaking to and other press, lead actress Maxine said that it was the complexity of the writing that drew her to the role.

‘I just felt that they were really well-drawn female characters, which I sometimes find [with] dramas, there’ll be a female lad but you can’t quite work out the character. It’s a bit of an every person…and I just felt that I knew all these people from the first episode,’ she said.

‘They were complex and they were funny – there’s a seam of dark humour I think that runs through it which really appeals to my sense of humour.

Maxine added: ‘Even though it is a thriller of sorts, it has got some lighter moments and I think all the characters, especially female characters, are witty which a lot of the time again gets written out of female stories, that we do like to have a laugh. I think it’s a big survival technique among women, our sense of humour.

‘So yeah, I just thought it was a really great script, there’s something to say and a lot of good female characters, which I think is quite rare.’

The likes of Sex Education star Rakhee Thakrar, Enola Holmes actress Susan Wokoma and Gavin and Stacey’s Alison Steadman and Enola Holmes star Susan Wokoma also appear inthe drama.

Rules of the Game airs on BBC One on Tuesday, January 11.


Credit: Original article published here.You can read this post on My Celebrity Life.

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