|Created by||Mickey Down|
|Music by||Nathan Micay|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||49–52 minutes|
|Original release||9 November 2020 –|
Industry is a British television drama series created by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay produced by the BBC. It premiered on 9 November 2020 on HBO in the United States, and on 10 November 2020 on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. It was renewed for a second season in December 2020.
Industry "follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at Pierpoint & Co, a prestigious investment bank in London".
The initial season explores the graduates from all walks of life compete over the limited amount of full-time employment opportunities and focuses on Harper Stern (Myha'la Herrold), a black upstate New York native who uproots her life to pursue success at the London branch of Pierpoint despite not having graduated from where she claims to have graduated. It also features other graduates, Hari Dhar, a state-school graduate and child of Urdu-speaking immigrants; Augustus "Gus" Sackey, a gay black British graduate of Eton and Oxford; Robert Spearing, a white working-class Oxford graduate who is eager to please but taken by surprise by the change in social mores concomitant with high finance; and Yasmin, a privileged, well-connected child of Lebanese parents with an underachieving, drug-addled boyfriend.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date [a]||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Induction"||Lena Dunham||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||9 November 2020||0.089|
|2||"Quiet and Nice"||Tinge Krishnan||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||16 November 2020||0.127|
|3||"Notting Hill"||Tinge Krishnan||Sam H. Freeman||23 November 2020||0.124|
|4||"Sesh"||Ed Lilly||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||30 November 2020||0.111|
|5||"Learned Behaviour"||Ed Lilly||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||7 December 2020||0.116|
|6||"Nutcracker"||Tinge Krishnan||Kate Verghese & Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||14 December 2020||0.086|
|7||"Pre-Crisis Activity"||Mary Nighy||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||21 December 2020||0.113|
|8||"Reduction in Force"||Ed Lilly||Mickey Down & Konrad Kay||21 December 2020||0.103|
In November 2017, it was announced that HBO had put the series into development, with Mickey Down and Konrad Kay set to write the series with Jane Tranter set to serve as an executive producer under her Bad Wolf banner. In June 2019, it was announced that HBO had greenlit the series, with Lena Dunham set to direct the pilot. In December 2019, it was announced that Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Harry Lawtey, David Johnson, Nabhaan Rizwan, Freya Mavor, Will Tudor, Conor MacNeill and Ken Leung had joined the cast of the series, with Tinge Krishnan, Ed Lilly and Mary Nighy set to serve as directors, and Sam H. Freeman and Kate Verghese to serve as writers. In December 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season.
Principal photography began in June 2019, in Cardiff, Wales.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 79% with an average rating of 7.77/10, based on 33 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "Though Industry's social critiques tend toward the superficial, sharp writing and an excellent ensemble make it easy to enjoy its soapy workplace drama anyway." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". It was renewed for a second season by HBO.