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New BBC Series Based On A Book By 'A Fault In Our Stars' Author Looks Heartwrenching

New BBC Series Based On A Book By 'A Fault In Our Stars' Author Looks Heartwrenching

The trailer for this teenage tragedy drama series has already had seven million views.

Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

Teenage tragedy drama Looking For Alaska is set to land in the UK this month on BBC Three.

The eight-part limited series picked up originally by Hulu in the USA, has now been acquired by the BBC, bringing it across the pond exclusively for UK viewers.

It is based on John Green's award-winning novel of the same name, following the highs and lows of teenage life in high school and how a group of friends deal with an unexpected tragedy. And given that the author is the same person who wrote devastating film A Fault In Our Stars, we imagine it'll be a tearjerker.

It sounds like we won't just be served up doom and gloom though.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC, says: "Looking For Alaska is a really beautifully realised coming of age story. We are delighted to be premiering such a thought-provoking, humorous and poignant drama on BBC Three."


The series will follow Miles 'Pudge' Halter, played by Charlie Plummer as he enrols in boarding school, attempting to gain a deeper perspective on life.

He ends up making great friends, as well as some rivalries and falls in love with Alaska Young, played by Kristine Froseth.

While the group's school life centres around prank-playing, they soon find out life isn't always fun and games.

We do love a tear-jerker when we're in the right mood and given that the trailer amassed nearly seven million views in just two weeks, we're thinking it's not one to miss.

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The book was also a New York Times best seller, a USA Today best seller, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time. Quite the accolades.

According to Den of Geek, this is no standard teen melodrama though.

It said in its review: "Looking For Alaska falls firmly into the grounded, coming-of-age drama category. While some of the characters' experiences may be heightened for dramatic efficiency, this is a story that prioritizes the exploration of grounded universal experiences, like love and loss, and how we reconcile the inextricable two."

The full eight episodes of Looking For Alaska will be available to watch from 10am on 19th October in the UK, just one day after it airs in the USA.

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