Chivalry on Channel 4: Paul Rudd, Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller

Chivalry: this starry new Channel 4 drama talks cancel culture and the #MeToo movement

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Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller, and Paul Rudd? Channel 4’s Chivalry boasts a cast unlike any other.  

Channel 4 has brought us some seriously good TV shows over the years, but now it’s gearing up for its most star-studded project yet.

Here’s what you need to know, then, about Chivalry.

What’s the plot of Chivalry?

The dark comedy drama begins as Jean Shrill, a shrewd studio executive, arranges for passionate indie-darling filmmaker Bobby Sohrabi to take over as director of A Little Death – aka the problematic movie produced by Cameron O’Neill. 

“Cameron must navigate remaining relevant at a time when cancel-culture is all too real and is surprised when spending time with Bobby awakens a creative side of himself that he thought had long-since passed,” reveals the synopsis.

“What will Jean do to keep her empire intact, and what will Bobby do to build one?”

Who stars in Chivalry?

The indomitable Wanda Sykes will take on the role of Jean, while Steve Coogan (as in, yes, Alan Partridge himself) will play Cameron. 

Bridget Jones’s Baby star Sarah Solemani, meanwhile, is set to step into the shoes of Bobby.

Sarah Solemani attends the World premiere of "Bridget Jones's Baby" at Odeon Leicester Square on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Sarah Solemani isn’t just starring in Channel 4’s Chivalry; she co-wrote it, too.

As if that weren’t enough starpower for you, though, we also have Sienna Miller as Lark, the magnetic star of Cameron’s movie, and Lolly Adefope as Ama, Cameron’s new assistant who’s all too eager to climb the ladder of success.

Elsewhere, Robert Lonsdale shines as Rick, the editor of A Little Death who aims to keep the film on track while caught in the crossfire of Bobby and Cameron’s creative sparring. Adjani Salmon is Aston, Bobby’s down-on-his-luck husband. And we can also expect cameos from the likes of Paul Rudd, Peter Mullan, and Amy Landecker, too.

What are people saying about Chivalry?

Written by Solemani and Coogan, Chivalry promises to offer “a fresh new look on gender politics and romance, as it asks the question: can one build and sustain a successful, relevant career in Hollywood without sacrificing authenticity?” 

Steve Coogan attends The Cinema Society & Monkey 47 Host A Special Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics' "Greed" at Cinepolis Chelsea on February 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Steve Coogan will play problematic producer Cameron O’Neill in Channel 4’s Chivalry.

Channel 4 has promised that this timely series will unabashedly explore the impact that the #MeToo era has had upon the film and television industry, asking the “complex questions that we as a society often find hard to discuss” – all while “giving the audience permission to laugh” at the same time.

When can we watch Chivalry?

Chivalry does not yet have a release date, although we suspect it will air at some point in 2022.

Watch this space.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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