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    Award-Winning Women-Led Series "I Am" Returns Next Month With Three New Stories

    I am... definitely going to watch this.

    If you're not familiar with the anthology series I Am, each season is basically a trilogy of super compelling one hour episodes that explore the experiences of women today.

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    The series was created by BAFTA-winning writer-director Dominic Savage (The Secrets, True LoveLove + Hate) for Channel 4, and is produced by Me+You Productions. Interestingly, each episode's storyline comes from a collaboration between Dominic and the lead actor.

    The first season – which starred absolute queens Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), and Samantha Morton (Harlots) – told the stand-alone stories of Hannah, Nicola, and Vicky, respectively.

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    The episodes are all named after their lead characters, and focus on an important moment in each of their lives. In I Am Hannah, a woman in her mid-thirties must face a crisis of aspiration and identity; in I Am Nicola, a hairdresser stuck in a coercive relationship finds herself searching for her romantic ideal; and in I Am Kirsty, a single mum is forced into making some desperate decisions in order to keep her family safe.

    This new three-part season will reuse the same format, and will continue working with some of Britain’s most incredible actors. In this case, Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), Letitia Wright (Black Panther), and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) will star and I literally cannot wait to see them in action.

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    The series two cast is rounded off with the likes of Ashley Walters (Top Boy), Alice Feetham (Save Me) CJ Beckford (Sitting in Limbo), Sophia Brown (Giri/Haji), Michael Gould (Darkest Hour) and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Small Axe, I May Destroy You).

    The first ep, I Am Victoria, will star Suranne Jones as a successful, career-driven woman with a seemingly perfect life. As pressure mounts around her from various sources, however, Victoria begins to struggle with her mental health, and is at a loss for where to turn for help.

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    On being involved in the second season of I Am, Suranne said, "I can’t wait to make what will be a very personal and thought-provoking piece. I hope it really speaks to people and helps continue the important discussions around mental health."

    The series continues with I Am Danielle, in which a photographer falls for a model but soon discovers a disturbing secret about him. Danielle, played by Letitia Wright, wonders if she can still love him despite this betrayal of trust.

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    "Collaborating with Dominic has been an amazing experience", Letitia has commented. "His unique and sensitive style of directing has stretched me as an artist. I’m so proud that we came together on a story that we both felt was important to explore and share with the world."

    The third and final episode, I Am Maria, tells the story of a woman who has just reached her 60th birthday. Suffocated by her daily routine and the direction her life has taken thus far, Maria – played by Lesley Manville – longs to find liberation and happiness once again.

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    On her role of the series, Lesley shared that "Dominic and I have spent the past few months developing a character and scenario that will touch many people I know. This kind of work is not new to me and I’m relishing the chance to flex my improvising muscles once again."

    The second season of I Am will begin airing next week on 5th August at 9pm on Channel 4. New episodes will be released weekly, and will also be available on All4. We'll keep you updated on where to watch outside of the UK, but for now, here's the trailer for season one to give you a flavour of the series:

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