BBC Three's Clique explains why it's important for the show to be controversial

The university-based drama Clique returns to BBC Three this weekend with a brand new clique to meet, but also welcomes back lead Synnove Karlsen as the show’s lead, Holly.

Originally launched in 2017, the psychological thriller from Skins writer Jess Brittain also starred Sherlock‘s Louise Brealey and The Force Awakens’ Emun Elliott.

But the second series has a whole new cast and a whole new bunch of issues to deal with – including micro-aggressions, “snowflakes” and toxic masculinity.

Not to mention, it features a controversial right-wing political commentator.

Brittain told Digital Spy and assembled press at the launch of Clique series two that she “didn’t set out to be controversial, or poke people, or try and make them angry” by tackling these topical issues.

The writer went on to say that these modern issues affect everyone’s lives in “many, many ways”, adding that trying to tell a story about young people in their early 20s meant it was “inevitable” they would feature.

The first episode of series two sees students berate their Dean over trigger warnings and list off “micro-aggressions” that they felt they faced in their lives. Brittain admitted to being “absolutely terrified” of entering into this controversy, but wouldn’t back down to produce a more PC version of the show.

“It’s difficult because the alternative is to just not talk about anything,” she said. “I’m definitely scared, but I think that’s kind of drama’s job. Otherwise, the very correct version of this show wouldn’t have been very interesting.”

The first episode of the new run introduces us to Jay Galatas, a “right-wing provocateur” who likes nothing more than to confront female university students with ‘Men’s Rights’ and brandish his brand of controversial polemic for air-time and attention.

But just who is he based on?

Brittain wouldn’t identify the horrific character’s real-life inspiration but she did tease, “I’m not sure I’m allowed to say names of people, but it’s not difficult to work out who he’s based on. I think everyone has watched clips of a certain bloke at universities saying certain things and liking himself quite hard for it.”

She concluded, “It was fun in the first episode to kick-off with the most caricatured, ridiculous version of that Men’s Rights argument, which is kind of laughable.”

Clique series two launches tomorrow (Saturday, November 10) on BBC Three on iPlayer.

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