Rules of the Game release date, cast, trailer, plot: When is the BBC series out?

Rules of the Game is a four-part mini-series that will delve into the issue of sexual politics in the workplace. Partly inspired by the Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo movement, the BBC show gives an insight into “many women’s experiences”, according to writer Ruth Fowler. has everything you need to know about Rules of the Game.

When is the release date for Rules of the Game?

Rules of the Game will premiere on Tuesday, January 11 on BBC One at 9pm.

The following episode is then going to air on Wednesday, January 12, at the same time.

Fans of the series are going to have to wait a week as the final two episodes will air on Tuesday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 19.

After the first episode has been shown, the boxset is going to be available in full on BBC iPlayer. 

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Who is in the cast of Rules of the Game?

Leading the cast as Sam, the tough-talking manager at a family-run business, is actress Maxine Peake.

She is best known for her roles in the sitcom Dinnerladies, Shameless, legal drama Silk and The Village.

Peake is joined by actress Rakhee Thakrar who starred as Shabnam Masood in EastEnders and teacher Emily Sands in Netflix’s Sex Education.

Thakrar is going to play Maya, the new HR Director who wants to rid the company of its “lad culture”.

They are not the only recognisable faces in Rules of the Game either.

Alison Steadman, who has starred in Gavin and Stacey, Shirley Valentine, Abigail’s Party and Life, will play Anita, a member of the board and the hardened widower of company founder Harry.

Actress Susan Wokoma will portray DI Eve Preston who is investigating a case that involves the company.

She has been in Truth Seekers, Enola Holmes, Chewing Gum and Year of the Rabbit.

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Is there a trailer for Rules of the Game?

Yes, a trailer for Rules of the Game was released at the end of 2021 by the BBC.

Maya first appears, explaining that: “My speciality is changing the work culture for the better”, something which Sam clearly doesn’t seem to agree with.

But later in the teaser, an employee says that 10 years ago a friend of hers died but doesn’t say what happened.

Then when Maya attempts to comfort the woman, saying she would not lose her job if she were to be honest, she says: “They’ll never get rid of me, I know too much”.

What is Rules of the Game about?

The official synopsis reads: “Rules of the Game is a gripping four-part thriller about sexual politics in the modern workplace.

“The series stars Maxine Peake as Sam, a hard-headed manager at a family-run business in the North West.

“However, when Sam arrives at work one day to find a dead body in the office reception she is forced to reckon with not only murky behaviour in the present, but murderous secrets from the past as well.”

Rules of the Game premieres on Tuesday, January 11, at 9pm on BBC One.

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