The BBC has announced that they have commissioned a brand new TV drama based on David Nicholl’s bestselling novel, Us.
The adaptation, which is of the same name as the novel, is set to be a four-part series created by Swedish director Lisa Siwe (whose previous work includes Temple and Modus) and will air on BBC One.
Here’s everything we know so far…
For those who aren’t familiar with the novel, it follows a middle-aged love story between protagonist Douglas Petersen and his wife, Connie, while highlighting the trials and tribulations of marriage and family life.
‘Douglas Petersen is blindsided when his wife Connie tells him that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore. Agreeing to still go on their planned family grand tour of Europe, Douglas vows to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with their son Albie,’ reads the BBC’s official summary for the show.
‘Reflecting David Nicholls’ signature mix of humour and heartbreak, Us brings the Petersens’ poignant and often hilarious story to life, taking viewers with them on their once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world.’
Commenting on the project, David Nicholls said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge thrill to see the novel come to life, and with such a wonderful cast and production team. We want to make something funny, touching and beautiful, to really explore marriage and family life, all against this incredible backdrop.’
So far, the BBC has confirmed that Tom Hollander (Baptiste, The Night Manager) will play Douglas Petersen, while Saskia Reeves (Luther, Shetland) will take the role of his wife, Connie and Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster, The Dark Tower) will play their son, Albie.
Meanwhile Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Fortitude) Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Fades) and Thaddea Graham (Curfew, The Letter for the King) have also been cast.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: ‘We feel so honoured to be bringing David’s beautiful novel to BBC One and to have the brilliant Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves playing the leading roles. We are thrilled to work with David and Drama Republic once again and also with Bandstand Productions on their debut drama for the BBC.’
The air date
The BBC has just started filming for Us which means we may have to wait a while before it hits out TV screens. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long.