The six-parter begins with an ending: after 10 years with her girlfriend and business partner Sadie (a typically brilliant Maxine Peake) – Akhavan’s Leila finds herself bluntly turning down a marriage proposal.
‘We’ve talked about kids and marriage’ says Sadie, incredulous.
‘We’ve talked about it abstractly’ says Leila.
‘We’ve also talked about euthanasia’.
Instead she instigates a break – fuelled in part by the knowledge that she has never fully explored her sexuality.
Usually – later life sexual awakenings involve edging further up the Kinsey scale – but for Leila it means readjusting her six (exclusively homosexual) and dipping a toe into the world of heterosexuality.
Or heaven forbid – bisexuality.
Akhavan herself is bisexual but for reasons she tries to unpick through her work the word has always made her shudder.
‘Just the very nature of being attracted to men and women implies duplicity’ she says.
‘Bisexuality feels like something that is taboo in both the queer and the straight world.
It’s gauche – it’s in bad taste – it’s tacky’.
It certainly made it more difficult to come out to her Iranian parents.
‘Well if you could choose’ she once recalled them saying ‘why would you choose something that makes everyone so unhappy and that makes your life worse?’
A few times recently Akhavan has referred to bisexuality as ‘the last taboo’.