BBC2's Industry delves into the cut throat world of the UK financial sector with its depiction of five impressionable young people entering the industry for the first time. Peter Gray reports.

Credit: BBC/Bad Wolf

Described as an “exhilarating dive into the world of international finance”, BBC2’s Industry looks set to lift the lid on the dog eat dog world of the financial sector when it debuts later this year.

The show, which has been described as a mix of the Wolf of Wall Street and Melrose Place, will follow a group of ambitious young graduates as they compete for jobs within a top investment bank in the city of London.

With issues of race, class, and privilege to the fore, the series will uncover the harsh realities of the financial industry and the struggles of those who work within it.

Here’s everything you need to know about the BBC2 series:

What is Industry about?

Industry tells the story of a group of  ‘aspiring young bankers’ from their graduation ceremonies right up to them landing jobs with a top London investment house.

BBC2's Industry

Credit; BBC/Bad Wolf

The series follows the “five impressionable young minds” as they attempt to navigate an industry where “meritocracy is promised but hierarchy is king”.

Set during the global financial crisis of 2008, the show documents the group’s struggles with sex, drugs, and relationships, as they all the while attempt to battle their way to the top of the industry.

“The boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as the five 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” says the BBC website about the show.

Who is in the cast of Industry?

The show reads like a who’s who of hot young British actors with David Jonsson (Deep State), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Harry Lawtey, Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela (Cobra) and Freya Mavor (Skins).

Who is behind the camera on the show?

The series was created by first time writers Mickey Down & Konrad Kay. While the pair have never written for the TV before, the duo have a wealth of experience of the financial industry having working in the sector for many years.

A still from BBC2's Industry

Several directors are featured on the show including Lena Dunham, Tinge Krishnan, and Mary Nighy while executive production chores are handled by Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, Ryan Rasmussen, David P. Davis, Mickey Down, Konrad Kay and Ben Irving.

Where was Industry filmed?

Principal photography was done on location in London and Cardiff.

When is Industry on the BBC?

Industry will air on BBC2 on the 10th of November 2020 at 9.15pm.

Is there a trailer for Industry?

Yes, and it’s rather good.

More information about BBC2’s Industry can be found here.

For information on other forthcoming TV programmes, please click here.

Credits for all images: BBC/Bad Wolf


The city:countdown Newsletter

Sign up for London news, previews, exclusives and weekly prizes.

-London's Best Events-
What: new drama
When: 10 Nov 2020 9.15pm
Where: BBC2
Website: Industry