Industry: Lena Dunham’s scandalous BBC series about London banking is your next TV obsession

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Lena Dunham helps to examine the high drama world of London’s banking with new HBO and BBC series, Industry. Here’s everything we know about the show, which is expected to land on our screens soon.

Girls fans, rejoice. Two years after the hit millennial show ended, director and writer Lena Dunham announced she was co-producing and directing a new TV series last summer. She spent a few months living in Cardiff and London while filming took place (and famously became a fan of Love Island, which she penned an amazing essay on).

Making the announcement on Instagram, Dunham wrote: “AHHHH! I’m so excited to announce I’m directing and executive producing a new series with @hbo called INDUSTRY. It’s all about the cutthroat world of international finance.”

She added: “Think Wolf of Wall Street meets Melrose Place! I’ve moved across the pond for the summer to shoot this – specifically Wales UK – which is a dreamy place with fairytale gardens, super sweet humans, and dragon mythology. So taking reccs on secret spots, cuisine, you name it! Stay tuned for more!”

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What is Industry about?

The series follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London – but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs, and ego as it is by deals and dividends. As members of the group rise and fall, they must decide whether life is about more than the bottom line.

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Who stars in Industry?

The ensemble cast includes Myha’la Herrold (The Tattooed Heart), Marisa Abela (Cobra), Harry Lawtey (Marcella), David Jonsson (Deep State), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Freya Mavor (The ABC Murders), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones), Conor Macneill (Death and Nightingales) and Ken Leung (Marvel’s Inhumans).

Industry: is an exhilarating dive into the world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of ambitious twenty-somethings.

Is there a trailer for Industry?

Yes, there certainly is…

As you can see, this looks like a wild ride of power struggles, aspiration, money and sex. But there’s also a more to these characters than meets the eye – what is it that we’ll learn about them? We’ll have to wait and see.

When is Industry released?

Industry will premiere on HBO in Americ on Monday 9 November. The eight-episode series will be coming to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer soon, and we’ll keep you updated with the exact release date when it is announced. 

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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