I Am Hannah begins with Hannah (Gemma Chan) going on a first date with a man, before we see her going on more, but as an aside early on in this review, the WORST thing to ask anyone on a date is “What have your other dates been like?” Why? Because we’re on THIS ONE! Focus on the person you’re with. Plus, who goes into depth about what you want from life whilst on your first date? That’s making it less like a date and more like an interview!
But when it comes to love, it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…
Hannah’s mother is often obsessing about wanting grandchildren, hence just ‘swiping right’ isn’t always the answer. But then how are we supposed to meet ‘the one’? And why do parents have to sometimes be a pain about things? If they’re trying to do the best for us, then stop putting us down!
There’s also discussion about just settling for someone because you have a fear of being alone, and I do wonder that when I see people who’ve been single for years, and then meet someone, and then quickly get engaged and then married… are they rushing into it for the sake of it?
As the episode goes on, and you’re wondering how things will turn out, I Am Hannah does start to feel a bit directionless, but it does come together reasonably well in the end, making for a decent conclusion to a decent – if low-key – series, and I expect it’ll spawn more soon.
I Am Hannah is on Tuesday night on Channel 4 at 10pm. The series is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but you can watch each episode on All 4 for 30 days after transmission.
Director: Dominic Savage
Producer: Krishnendu Majumdar
Writer: Dominic Savage
Hannah: Gemma Chan
Tom: Ed Coleman
James: Arinze Kene
Sally: Sarah Lam
Will: David Mumeni
Rebecca: Kiran Sonia Sawar
Kate: Jeany Spark
Doctor: Dr Ippokratis Sarris
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