New drama Us, based on the acclaimed David Nicholls novel of the same name, kicks off on BBC One tonight.
The series follows the Peterson family who embark on a grand trip around Europe despite strained marital and familial relationships.
The novel and show start with wife and mother Connie telling Douglas she doesn’t want to be married to him anymore and that she will leave when their son Albie goes off to college.
For most, that’s a reason to call off their planned break, but not for the Petersons, who decide to trot around Europe together, with Douglas vowing to win back Connie and repair their relationship with their son.
Needless to say, it’s not all plain sailing, with the show promising ‘humour and heartbreak,’ along the way.
Us will air at 9pm tonight, September 20, on BBC One, with subsequent episodes landing every Sunday at the same time.
There will be four episodes in total, which will all be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from this evening.
Tom Hollander (Baptiste, Rev, The Night Manager, Birdbox) will play Douglas Peterson), the hapless father and husband hoping to win back his wife of nearly 25 years.
His wife, Connie, a frustrated artist is played by Saskia Reeves (Close My Eyes, Belgravia,Luther, Shetland).
Joining them on their trip across the continent (which suffice to say, was filmed pre-Covid) is their son Albie, played by Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster, The Dark Tower, The Kid Who Would be King).
Other cast members include 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).
Speaking about the adaptation, author David Nicholls said: ‘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.’
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