Sandra Oh's new Netflix series looks right up our street

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The inimitable Sandra Oh will lead Netflix's upcoming comedy drama The Chair, which finally has a UK release date.

In the series created by actress Amanda Peet, the Killing Eve star plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, who is navigating her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of colour at the university.

Discussing the themes the drama tackles, Sandra said: "In her first year, she is taking on patriarchy, sexism, ageism, what it is to be a single mum, being stuck between two cultures, speaking two languages, and it's all a comedy.

"So it's about many things. Mostly what it is, is what it's like to live right now with all the things I think everyone is going through - questioning things, questioning the patriarchy, questioning institutions, questioning the education system. And you basically see this English department try and muddle their way through a controversial event."

The Chair will launch on Netflix on Friday, August 20th at 8am.

Here's everything we know about the streaming giant's new series The Chair...

What's The Chair about?

The Chair follows Canadian-born Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim who is the Chair of the English Department at Pembroke University. The series will be made up of six half-hour episodes.

Who will star in The Chair?

Alongside Sandra Oh (who plays the lead, Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim), Holland Taylor – who starred in Legally Blonde – takes on the role of Joan Hambling, Ji-Yoon's straight talking friend and confidant.

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Other cast mates include Jay Duplass from The Mindy Project, Nana Mensah from Bonding, and Bob Balaban from The Politician. Everly Carganilla, from Netflix's Yes Day, stars as Ji-Yoon’s daughter.

Dirty John actress Amanda Peet is writer, show-runner and executive producer. Joining Peet as executive producer are Sandra Oh, Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernie Caulfield and Daniel Gray Longino. Writers are Peet, along with Annie Julia Wyman, Richard E. Robbins, Jennifer Kim and Andrea Troyer. Director of all episodes is Daniel Gray Longino.

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Who is producing the series?

The Chair is the first series written and produced by Amanda Peet. Amanda's husband, David Benioff, is executive producing, along with D.B. Weiss and Daniel Gray Longino. Game of Throne's Bernie Caulfield is also producing, as well as Sandra Oh herself.

When will The Chair be released?

Netflix has announced the UK release date as Friday, August 20th, with a teaser clip featuring Sandra as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim arriving for her first day and falling off her chair in her office.

Is there a trailer?

Netflix has shared a trailer on their official account, and added the caption: "She's tearing up the syllabus. Sandra Oh is The Chair. Only on Netflix August 20th."

The Chair launches on Netflix on Friday, August 20th at 8am.

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