Maxine Peake & Brian Gleeson Join The Bisexual

Channel 4 has announced that Maxine Peake (Dinnerladies) and Brian Gleeson (Stonemouth) will join six-part comedy drama The Bisexual, starring and directed by Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour), which explores the differences between dating men and women.

New Yorker Leila (Desiree Akhavan) is feeling lost in London having just left a ten year relationship with girlfriend and business partner Sadie (Maxine Peake). Moving out of their beautiful, shared apartment, Leila ends up renting a room from neurotic novelist Gabe (Brian Gleeson), a man living in constant fear of missing out and dwarfed by the success of his debut novel which came out 13 years ago and has long been forgotten.

Leila finds an unlikely wingman in the form of Gabe. He helps her navigate a new life dating men and women – and Leila, in return, introduces wide-eyed Gabe to the queer scene whilst doing her best to help him decipher his unreadable, sort-of-girlfriend Francisca (Michelle Guillot).

As Leila comes to lean more and more on Gabe she finds herself struggling to come out as bisexual to her gay friends, most importantly her best mate Deniz (Saskia Chana). Meanwhile Sadie and Leila’s relationship hangs in the balance, inexorably linked both professionally and personally. As Sadie makes some big decisions of her own, both begin to question whether it’s a break, or a break-up…

The cast also includes: Eva Birthistle (The Last Kingdom), John Dagliesh (Justice League), Naomi Ackie (Yardie), and Niamh Algar (The Virtues).