Rose Matafeo and Nikesh Patel in Starstruck

Starstruck: BBC Three’s new comedy series is a messy millennial romance with a hilarious twist

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Starstruck, BBC Three’s new comedy series from award-winning comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo, is available to watch on BBC iPlayer from today (25 April). Here’s everything you need to know about the show.

If there’s one thing everyone is in need of after the events of the last year, it’s a good laugh.

Binge-watching the latest Scandi crime dramas and unpicking the plot of Netflix’s psychological thrillers has been great, but there’s nothing quite like the joy of laughing along with a genuinely funny TV series.

Enter BBC Three and their new comedy series Starstruck, which is available to watch on iPlayer from this weekend (25 April).

Written by and starring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo (whose stand-up show, Horndog, is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer), Starstruck tells the story of Jessie, a millennial woman living in East London juggling two dead-end jobs.

However, things get out of control when Jessie finds herself in a rather unusual ‘morning-after-the-night-before’ type situation when she realises that she accidentally slept with a famous film star called Tom (played by Nikesh Patel). 

As the first episode’s synopsis reads: “A drunken New Year’s Eve hook-up becomes far more complicated for Jessie when she discovers her one night stand is actually a film star. What she thought would become an amusing anecdote soon turns into something else.” 

Rose Matafeo in Starstruck
Rose Matafeo stars as Jessie, a 20-something who accidently sleeps with a famous actor, Tom (Nikesh Patel).

Throughout the series, all six episodes of which are available to watch now, we see Jessie navigating the aftermath of her one-night stand, all the while juggling the pressure of her late 20s, a number of intense bosses and her relationship with her ever-so-slightly strange housemate, Kate (Emma Sidi).

Comedian, actor and writer Sindhu Vee (Mock The Week) also takes on a role, and Minnie Driver (Modern Love, Good Will Hunting) guest stars. New Zealand comedian Alice Snedden has also co-written the series alongside Matafeo. 

Behind the camera, Karen Maine, who won a SXSW award for her work on Yes God Yes – an Amazon Prime film about the joy and shame of female masturbation starring Stranger Things star Natalie Dyer – is the series’ director.

Besides the fact that the series’ premise is bloody hilarious, it’s brilliant to see so many women comedians given a platform to showcase their work; despite progress in the comedy industry, it’s still one very dominated by men.   

Plus, if Starstruck shows us anything, it’s that Rose Matefeo is definitely one to watch – and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.