'Chewing Gum' & 'Black Earth Rising' Star Michaela Coel : It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders It's Tuesday. Michaela Coel first got the idea for her hit British sitcom 'Chewing Gum' while at drama school. Her later work as the creator, writer, and lead actress on the show earned her a BAFTA. She tells Sam about the transparency that comes from shaving her head and once embracing the Pentecostal faith. Tweet feels @NPRItsBeenAMin or email firstname.lastname@example.org.