Everything we know about the BBC’s The Pursuit of Love

If Sunday night means settling into the sofa to watch a juicy drama, you’re going to want to know about the BBC’s latest period drama.

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Whatever drama BBC One lines up for its Sunday night 9pm slot, you know it’s going to become essential viewing. Line of Duty (you know, that little-known show that no one ever talks about) was the last series to take up residence in the hallowed TV viewing slot, but since its most recent season came to a close, there’s a new show in town – and we predict that everyone is going to be talking about it: The Pursuit of Love.

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What’s the plot of The Pursuit of Love?

Based on Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel of the same name, The Pursuit of Love centres around the aristocratic (and headstrong) Linda Radlett and her quest to find true love, whatever it takes. Set in the period between the two World Wars, our story starts in Oxfordshire, before Linda moves to the Pyrenees at the height of the Spanish Civil War and then onto Paris in the twenties.

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Narrated by Linda’s more ‘respectable’ cousin and best friend Fanny Logan, this has everything you want from a period drama: plenty of gorgeous period costumes and sets, lots of romance and a hearty helping of steamy scenes.

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Who stars in it?

It’s a star-studded cast, so pay attention: we’ve got Lily James as our heroine Linda and Emily Beecham as best friend Fanny Logan. Dominic West plays Linda’s father, Uncle Matthew, and Dolly Wells is her mother, Aunt Sadie; Emily Mortimer is Fanny’s mother, who’s known as The Bolter; Andrew Scott is cast as Lord Merlin, the Radlett family’s eccentric neighbour. As for Linda and Fanny’s love interests, these include Freddie Fox as Tony Kroesig, Assaad Bouab as Fabrice de Sauveterre and Shazad Latif as Alfred Wincham.

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When and where can we watch it?

The first episode aired on Sunday 9 May on BBC One – if you missed it, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer before the remaining two episodes of this three-part series air weekly.