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Channel 4 unveiled plans for a new comedy, called The Bisexual, at the Edinburgh TV festival today.

It sees New Yorker Leila dating both men and women as she tries to find her feet living in London.

Written by and starring Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan, the series will see Leila struggling to adjust as she leaves her uber-competent girlfriend to move into a flatshare with the naive Gabe.

”Getting to play in the sandbox with such intelligent collaborators at Sister Pictures and Channel 4 is an absolute dream come true,” Akhavan said.

“They’re the perfect partners in crime for a taboo sex comedy. And by that I mean they’re all perverts.”

Cecilia Frugiuele, who previously collaborated with Akhavan on her feature film Appropriate Behaviour, has co-written The Bisexual.

“We are thrilled to be working with Desiree on her series The Bisexual. She has such a brilliantly unique viewpoint on finding love in your 30s”, said Channel 4’s Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans. “We love her candid observations, both on being an outsider in a strange city as well as the sexual politics encountered when you are neither straight nor gay. She’s honest, authentic and brilliantly funny in her delivery.”

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