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Spent. Mia (Michelle De Swarte)


  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2024
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Michelle de Swarte's comedy drama, based on her former life as a catwalk model. Also features Amanda Wilkin, Matt King, Juliet Cowan, Karl Collins, Eleanor Nawal and more.


Press clippings

Spent, which is written by and stars Michelle de Swarte as an international model fallen on hard times, back home in Brixton, is interested in life close to how it's actually lived. Explaining the material indulgences that have led to her bankruptcy, she says: "You've got to spend the poverty out of your system."

There are some good lines and ideas here, and De Swarte sparkles with watchability, but some of the situations feel overfamiliar, the humour not quite as sharp as it needs to be, and the minor characters a little caricatured. There is genuine talent, though, and perhaps it will reveal its full dimensions as the series unfolds.

Andrew Anthony, The Observer, 14th July 2024

Tired of Fleabag-style comedy dramas which aren't funny? Try Spent

This BBC2 show about an ageing, spendthrift supermodel will make you laugh.

Hugo Rifkind, The Times, 12th July 2024

Spent star Michelle de Swarte: How I went from modelling to homelessness

The Londoner went from living in a women's shelter as a teenager to becoming an international catwalk model, before moving to the States, running out of cash, sofa surfing and turning to stand-up. Now, she's made a TV show loosely based on her life. Here, she tells all to Ellie Harrison.

Ellie Harrison, The Independent, 8th July 2024

Spent star Michelle de Swarte: "Someone had to tell me I was homeless - I was in such denial"

The writer and actor's new BBC Two comedy series Spent, about a former top model who becomes homeless, has its roots in her real life.

Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue, 8th July 2024

Spent review

This must be the most unlikeable lead character in TV history.

Benji Wilson, The Telegraph, 8th July 2024

Spent review

Michelle De Swarte has already been building up an impressive head of celebrity steam with appearances in the Katherine Ryan comedy The Duchess and in her own horror comedy vehicle The Baby. But it's her new series Spent that is really going to establish this assertive Londoner as a comic force to be reckoned with.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 8th July 2024

Spent review

Michelle de Swarte's sitcom is disappointing.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 8th July 2024

Spent review

BBC comedy chefs have said they want to make more laugh-out-loud comedies and fewer semi-autobiographical comedy-dramas. And watching Spent you can understand why, as it falls into that familiar gap of being neither consistently funny enough nor emotionally compelling enough to fulfil either side of the equation.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 8th July 2024

Spent review

A smart comedy that cleverly peppers a bleak picture of modern life with laughs.

Ed Power, The Irish Times, 8th July 2024

Spent review

Michelle de Swarte's riches-to-rags comedy is astonishing.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 8th July 2024

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