Industry is basically what would happen if all the money-hungry characters of Succession, Mad Men and The Apprentice got together and created the ultimate, modern day business drama.
A mixed bag of money hungry millennials are fitted in fine tailored suits, ready to take on a highly sought-after grad scheme at a Goldman Sachs-type company, called Pierpoint & co, not minding who they throw under the bus on their mission to the top. The leads are a mixed-up bunch – we’ve got a Thatcher loving Old Etonian, a working class New Yorker, and a state school Brit – who are unlikely to be caught together in a social setting, but under the shiny roof of their Canary Wharf high-rise, are forced to coexist. Cue all sorts of deplorable acts, as the graduates struggle to maintain hate-filled relationships with each other, and also their seniors. And my-Lord Sugar, is it entertaining? This new addition to business show boxsets has tight writing that keeps audiences on their toes in various ways and we are cleverly prevented from finalising any opinion on the characters – do we hate them? Do we love them? It really depends on the episode…or scene.
Hannah J Davies in The Guardian says Industry had “more than a bit of hype behind it,” continuing, “Gladly, the fanfare around this HBO/BBC co-production is wholly deserved.” The Times’ James Jackson says the series is “so heartless, so acute…there’s nothing clichéd about it.” Patrick Smith in The Independent calls it “the kind of thrillingly fresh series that only comes along once every few years,” saying, “Underneath the spiky and unfamiliar exterior, though, is a beguilingly original series that ought to mark the launch of several major careers.”
First shown November 2020. You can watch the trailer by pressing play on the show image, or by clicking here: