True Love is a five-episode 2012 semi-improvised BBC television drama written and directed by Dominic Savage (The Secrets), which began on BBC One on 17 June 2012.
Each episode is a self-contained story (though there is some cross-over between all the episodes), devised through improvisation (a first for BBC One drama), exploring an issue related to love and relationships.
True Love had its first public screening at the Turner Contemporary in Margate on 29 March 2012. The series premiered on 17 June 2012 on BBC One, the remaining four episodes being stripped across the next three nights, with the final two airing as a double-bill on 20 June. True Love was originally titled Love Life but was re-titled, as ITV also has a TV series with the same title.
While each episode is self-contained, the series is set in the English seaside town of Margate, Kent. There is some overlap between episodes.
- Episode one centres on Nick (David Tennant, Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch, W1A), whose happy marriage is turned upside-down by the reappearance of his first love.
- Episode two centres on Paul (Ashley Walters, Grange Hill) who is married to Michelle (Lacey Turner, EastEnders, Bedlam, Switch), a new father who experiences “love at first sight”.
- Episode three centres on Holly (Billie Piper, Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Penny Dreadful), a teacher who lives alone and is in an unhappy relationship with a married man. She develops feelings for a pupil in her class (Kaya Scodelario, Skins).
- Episode four centres on Sandra (Jane Horrocks, Absolutely Fabulous), a middle-aged woman in a stale marriage to an unfaithful husband. Jane Horrocks plays a shop keeper who is trapped in a loveless relationship and embarks on a passionate affair with a mysterious man.
- Episode five centres on Adrian (David Morrissey, The Walking Dead), a divorcé who lives in a flat in a tower block with his 16-year-old daughter. He begins a relationship with a woman he meets through the Internet. At the same time, his daughter’s best friend (Jo Woodcock, All The Small Things) develops an unrequited obsessive love for him.