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New Series From 'One Day' Creator Is Coming To BBC

New Series From 'One Day' Creator Is Coming To BBC

A new BBC drama is coming from the creator of the critically acclaimed novel One Day - and if it's anything like the book we already know it'll be a complete sob-fest.

Yes, Us - the 2014 novel by David Nicholls, who also penned One Day (2009) - is being turned into a four-part TV series by the broadcaster.

It's being described as a 'tragicomic' - that's a tragic and comic genre hybrid - and follows married couple Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander) and Connie (Saskia Reeves).

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'Us follows Douglas Petersen as he tries to mend his family (Credit: BBC)
'Us follows Douglas Petersen as he tries to mend his family (Credit: BBC)

According to the channel: "Douglas is blindsided when his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) tells him that she's not sure she wants to be married to him anymore.

"Devastated, Douglas vows to prove to his wife that he is still the man she fell in love with and to repair his troubled relationship with their son Albie (Tom Taylor) - on a long-planned family grand tour of Europe.

"What's meant to be a holiday to mark the last summer before Albie leaves for university becomes a desperate quest for Douglas. Will he be able to keep his family together?"

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Filmed in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris last year, Us is described as both "hilarious and heart-breaking" and takes viewers on the Petersens' "once in a lifetime journey exploring some of the most beautiful cities in Europe."

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Us stars Tom Hollander as Douglas Peterson, Saskia Reeves as Connie Peterson and Tom Taylor as Albie Peterson.

Other cast include Gina Bramhill as a young Connie, Iain De Caestecker as a young Douglas, Thaddea Graham as Kat and Sofie Gråbøl as Freja.

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David Nicholls, the brains behind the novel and also screenwriter, commented: "My novel 'One Day' was about the beginnings of a relationship - will they, won't they get together? 'Us' asked what comes next? Once the obstacles are overcome, how do a couple negotiate the long haul of marriage? [...]

"So 'Us' is about marriage and family life and what happens when romantic love fades, or at least turns into something else. In most marriage stories, this means infidelity but I wanted to write about a husband who wouldn't dream of such a thing, who is in fact so devoted to the idea of 'us' - of holding his family together - that he sends them all flying apart, in this case to either ends of a continent."

'Us' is from David Nicholls, the creator of 'One Day', which was turned into a movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Credit: Universal)
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This sounds like one for those who love a cry as much as they do a laugh with a healthy mix of travel porn thrown in there for good measure. What's not to love?

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Us starts on BBC One this Sunday at 9pm with all 4 episodes being available on BBC iPlayer after it's aired.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment News, TV and Film, BBC

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.