Chewing Gum. Tracey Gordon (Michaela Coel). Copyright: Retort
Chewing Gum

Chewing Gum

  • TV sitcom
  • E4
  • 2015 - 2017
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Comedy starring singer, poet and award-winning playwright Michaela Coel as an innocent 22 year-old who is learning to grow up. Also features Robert Lonsdale, Danielle Isaie, Susan Wokoma, Shola Adewusi, Maggie Steed and more.

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Series 2, Episode 1 - WTF Happened?

Chewing Gum. Image shows from L to R: Connor Jones (Robert Lonsdale), Tracey Gordon (Michaela Coel). Copyright: Retort
Tracey's return to the Pensbourne Estate doesn't quite go as she would have liked.

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Further details

Tracey's return to the Pensbourne Estate doesn't quite go as she would have liked. Best friend Candice isn't happy to see her and mum Joy won't let her in. But at least she's back at work at Deepak's Delectables. Tracey discovers ex-boyfriend Connor has a new relationship, and ropes Ola into helping her convince Connor she has moved on. Meanwhile, Connor tells a few lies of his own in order to get Tracey to talk about what actually happened between them.

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th January 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 13th January 2017 3:50am E4
Saturday 14th January 2017 3:50am E4
Sunday 15th January 2017 2:25am E4
Saturday 11th March 2023 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 12th March 2023 2:00am Gold
Saturday 3rd June 2023 11:20pm Gold
Sunday 4th June 2023 2:20am Gold
Friday 13th October 2023 11:35pm Gold
Saturday 14th October 2023 3:10am Gold
Sunday 15th October 2023 12:00am Gold
Sunday 7th January 2024 3:25am Gold
Wednesday 10th April 2024 1:50am Gold

Cast & crew

Michaela Coel Tracey Gordon
Robert Lonsdale Connor Jones
Danielle Isaie (as Danielle Walters) Candice
Shola Adewusi Joy
Maggie Steed Esther
Olisa Odele Ola
Kadiff Kirwan Aaron
Guest cast
Nicholas Asbury Keys
Jean Ellwood Jean (Customer)
Jade Anouka Danny
Michael Omari (as Stormzy) Self
Writing team
Michaela Coel Writer
Production team
Tom Marshall Director
Simon Neal Director
John Pocock Producer
Michaela Coel Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer
Nana Hughes Executive Producer
Gareth Heal Editor
Lucy Spink Production Designer
Nadira Seecoomar Casting Director
Lynsey Moore Costume Designer
Luke Bryant Director of Photography
Pippa Woods Make-up Designer
Shakka Philip Composer
Michaela Coel Composer
Alexa Seabourne Make-up Designer
Kas Braganza 1st Assistant Director


Tracey's pretend boyfriend

Tracey has convinced Connor that Stormzy is her new boyfriend, but she didn't actually know he would show up!

Featuring: Michaela Coel (Tracey Gordon), Robert Lonsdale (Connor Jones), Olisa Odele (Ola) & Stormzy.


Chewing Gum was gamey meat indeed. Michaela Coel sassed and swore her way to a clutch of deserved awards in 2015, and returns with a second series that certainly doesn't rely on lazy stereotypes. Her character, Tracey, is - I'm fairly sure this is unique - an exuberantly dysfunctional twentysomething, ex-religious, black, mouthy virgin with a great line in backchat and an endless capacity for self-deception. Its relentless energy leaves one's limbs akimbo on the sofa, pebble-dashed with loud, flirty vomit. First watching, I hated it. Second, I loved it, and got it. Third - who's to know? A constant blithering surprise, and thus to be truly cherished in TV-land.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 15th January 2017

TV review: Chewing Gum, E4

It's good to have Chewing Gum back. It's very different to any other series I've seen recently, while at the same time it has echoes of the BBC hit Fleabag, which it preceded. If that programme was all Phoebe Waller-Bridge's idea about contemporary attitudes to sex, then Chewing Gum is very much Michaela Coel's view of modern romance.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 14th January 2017

Chewing Gum deserves our attention - review

If life were a sitcom, the scenario would happen in a corner shop just after you've accidentally scrawled pen on your forehead, as happens in the opening episode of series two of the cult hit Chewing Gum (E4).

Catherine Gee, The Telegraph, 13th January 2017

Chewing Gum review

A slice of working-class urban life is shoved rudely, and gloriously, in your face.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 13th January 2017

A very welcome return for Michaela Coel's warm and brilliantly funny comedy, full of outlandish yet relatable dramas, and helmed by a black, British, working-class hero, played by Coel herself. This opener is called WTF Happened?, a question viewers will surely ponder: lovebirds Tracey and Connor have broken up for reasons neither are entirely clear on, and Connor's already moved on. Cue a characteristically ill-thought-out bit of scheming from Trace.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 12th January 2017

Why we need more of young Queen Coel

Chewing Gum returns to E4 this week. Hannah Dunleavy tells us why we all need a bit of Michaela Coel in our lives.

Hannah Dunleavy, Standard Issue, 11th January 2017

Chewing Gum is as rude, tender and funny as ever

This half-hour episode is wrought with such care, attention and emotional nuance it could have been expanded into a play (let's not forget that the germ of the series came from Coel's National Theatre hit, Chewing Gum Dreams); there really is not a line out of place.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 9th January 2017

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