The official synopsis reads: “Industry follows a group of hungry, young graduates competing for a limited number of permanent positions at Pierpoint Co., a leading bank in London, while being thrown head-first into the exhilarating world of international finance”.
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You’ll remember that season one ended on RIF (reduction in force) day where, after weeks of casual hook-ups, drug binges and all-nighters in between schmoozing clients and trying to make the company money, it was the grads’ final turn to prove themselves worthy of keeping their desk.
Since the BBC dropped all remaining episodes of hit show Industry on iPlayer last Friday, it’s been the topic of conversation dominating our WhatsApp chats (apart from, you know, a certain vaccine you may have heard about).
The series, which is basically a cross between Billions and Skins, follows a group of grads as they try to make it in the extremely demanding, cut-throat world of London’s financial sector. By exploring their work lives as well as their – umm, very intimate – private lives, the show explores themes of gender, race, class and sexuality.
The grads must make presentations to the hiring team, explaining why they deserve a place at the Pierpoint table. Gus (David Jonsson) has seemingly had it with the corporate world, angry at the company for not taking responsibility for Hari’s (Nabhaan Rizwan) death. Robert is all smooth-talk, but as he explains that he’s failed to secure any business, his nose starts to bleed (someone needs to tell this guy to lay off the drugs).
Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and Harper’s (Myha’la Herrold) relationship begins to spiral. Paranoid Harper asks Yasmin why she was speaking to her boss, Daria, and Yasmin assures her that any success of hers shouldn’t detract from Harper’s, saying that Harper’s friendship is the best thing that’s happened to her at Pierpoint.
It’s clear that Harper doesn’t quite feel the same. When executive Bill drags Harper to a meeting with her disgraced boss Eric (who locked her in a meeting room, as you do), he asks her to retract her accusation, and strongly implies that doing so will work in her favour. When Harper is offered the job by executive Sara, she says she’s hoping to change the office culture.
But cut to the next scene and when Yasmin comes over to Harper’s desk to celebrate, it becomes clear that Harper has sold out Daria to give Eric back his job. “Daria’s gone and Eric’s coming back,” Harper tells Yasmin, who is livid, calling her unbelievable and selfish. In response, Harper calls her “weak and a f*cking hypocrite.”
The final moments show Harper opening the notebook which Yasmin previously gave her as a gift, with the message: “Here’s to (y)our future, Love you, Yasmin”.
WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. What’s next for Harper? Will she work alongside Eric, or with Sara to finally change the toxic office culture? Will Daria return, presumably scorned and out for revenge? What about Yasmin and Harper, the two friends we were rooting for from the start? Will they make it up? Will Kenny finally stop being such a colossal t*at? What about Theo and Gus’s relationship? Will Robert and Yasmin just bang already and get it over with? And will somebody *finally* explain all this financial jargon to us?
While a second series has yet to be announced by HBO, the show seems to have been a hit, at least with viewers of its BBC Two co-producer. We’ll keep you posted and update this page as soon as we hear of any renewal news.