She refers to herself as an ‘old woman.’ She likes furniture. She can cook lamb. We are of course talking about Lucy Hancock, who is, for the record, only 27 years of age. The above remarks, whilst true, and from Lucy’s own lovely mouth, are in large, bullshit. She’s “old” as we are “old” (26). She likes furniture in that I’ve caught her at a party at 6am showing a fit boy the new sofa she just bought, and the lamb thing- ok well that’s true- she permanently has a bit of meat stewing (that’s not a euphemism). Basically, despite Lucy’s well-spun domestic goddess routine, she’s in fact the most fun you can have in a person; her perkiness knows no bounds, she will go to the pub at any hour of the day and she’s always the last man standing. There is no one more fun. Which is remarkable considering how bloody hard she works.
Lucy is a prolific journalist. She freelances for Vice, The Guardian, Refinery29 and loads of boys mags. In fact she started her career as one of the *only* female writers at FHM trying stop if from being all tits and minge. She is currently she is a commissioning editor at BBC3 and is unofficially a launch princess, having worked on BBC3s move online and ASOS’ content platform ASOS Likes. She’s penned such articles as “A Straight Girls Guide To Being Single And Happy” that includes advice like this; “A bar of Galaxy can't go down on you, so stop telling people at hen parties that you prefer it to sex” and “Get gonorrhoea. Eat mousse. Do both at the same time.” Or how about that piece she penned about visiting an indoor sex market, which includes such corkers as: “There were bored cybergoths and a woman vigorously Sellotaping a reduced sign to an inflatable penis.” As a journalist, her repertoire leaves no taboo-sized leaf unturned. There was that time she described herself as a “naughty labrador” sniffing about the fridge in her article on emotional over-eating, and oh yeah, that time when she hung out with loads of “horny poshos” at an “elite dating app” for "research".
Jokes aside, Lucy’s work, much like her whilst unwaveringly witty and cheekily cantankerous, always taps into the greater, deeper and human ways we all flap about insisting everything is ‘so fine’ when really it’s a bit tough and a bit shit.
Her work with the team at BBC3 has seen a fantastic swathe of young and diverse talent getting a voice on platforms that have previously alluded them. From commissioning documentaries about people who live stream funerals, the insidious side of micro-aggressions and shorts that cover mental health, miss transgender UK scandals and islamaphobia in the uk- the channel's tone has changed a lot over the past few months.
Despite her insistence that she’s not a “down with the kids”, she is in actuality, very much talking to all the “kids” and she knows it. The surgical precision with which she skewers your own deepest darkest tendencies, your most aching anxieties and most hopeful dreams, are because she's saying how you feel, only better and more funnier-rer, and somehow it makes all those things "ok" (even putting a tampon in in the middle of your bedroom 'cos no ones home- see above article about being single and happy). Ever expanding freelance contracts and sprawling job titles at numerous establishments to one side, it’s Lucy’s ability to laugh at, well, pretty much anything is our favourite thing about her. We couldn’t be happier that someone so talented and lovely, has joined the crew. Welcome, Lucy.