This weekend, two new series arrive on BBC iPlayer. One is American, the other Welsh; both feature strong female leads telling unfamiliar stories. Apart from that, they have absolutely nothing in common.
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (released on Sunday, ★★★☆☆) stars the rapper, comedian and actress Awkwafina playing a semi-fictionalised version of herself growing up in New York when she was still plain old Nora Lum.
The basic details of the show are true to her real upbringing: Nora lives with her sparky grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn) and aloof father (BD Wong) in an apartment in the Queens district, where she is trying to work out what to do with her life.
The 27-year-old fictional Nora has a slacker mentality aligned to delusional job expectations conceived through a haze of weed and Red Bull. When her father walks into his study to find her asleep at his desk having used his computer to play Savage Valley all night, he calmly makes his feelings known:
Dad: I hate it when you use my computer.
Nora: Dad! We discussed this, you know what I'm using it for.
Dad: To play fruity tooty games.
Nora: No! for sending emails and applying for jobs.
Dad: Oh, what jobs?
Nora: Editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald, music supervisor on Stranger Things, a Department of Justice attorney for the city of Trenton.
Dad [with a delivery as dry as the Arizona desert]: These are not viable jobs.
Come see the trailer before anyone else here. : joker123