While we wait on tenterhooks for the hotly anticipated arrival of the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling Normal People, the BBC has whet our appetites further by announcing that we can also expect a dramatisation of Rooney’s lauded 2017 debut novel, Conversations with Friends, as well.
Rooney will again collaborate with Oscar-nominated Irish auteur Lenny Abrahamson and Royal Court playwright Alice Birch (both of whom have worked on the production of Normal People) to produce the new series. In a statement, the author said: ‘I am so pleased to be working with the team at Element, Lenny Abrahamson and the BBC to produce an adaptation of Conversations with Friends.’
Here’s everything we know so far about the exciting adaptation…
Set in Dublin, the novel, which Rooney wrote in just three months and was published when she was 26, follows a year in the life of 21-year-old protagonist Frances as she and her ex-girfriend Bobbi become increasingly involved in a complex ‘love quadrilateral’ with an older, sophisticated married couple, Nick and Melissa. The relationships inevitably become muddled, lines are blurred and hearts are broken as their four lives collide and make lasting impacts on each other.
It’s imagined that the plot will stay fairly true to the book, however Rooney revealed in a statement that she is ‘confident we’re going to find fresh and interesting ways of dramatising the novel’s dynamics, and I’m excited to watch the process take shape.’ All we know is, with the writer heavily involved, we can rest assured it will be another achingly beautiful moment of storytelling.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, stated: “We are all addicted to Sally Rooney’s writing and will plunder her literary canon as long as she is writing. And so, on the back of the taut and tangled Normal People we are delighted that Sally has entrusted us, and the wonderfully talented people at Element Pictures, with her debut novel Conversations With Friends. To top it all Lenny Abrahamson has agreed to continue his association with Sally to direct.”
The cast has yet to be announced for the series.
The air date
Filming is yet to begin on the series, so it’s fair to assume we could be waiting a little while longer for the drama to grace our screens, but we do know that it will consist of 12 x 30 minute episodes and will be produced for BBC3.
In the meantime, we have the BBC3/Hulu adaptation of Normal People to keep our burgeoning Sally Rooney desire satiated.