The BBC has announced that the highly anticipated Conversation with Friends will air on Sunday 15th May 2022 on BBC Three, with all episodes available that day on BBC iPlayer.

The Sally Rooney adaptation follows the hit adaptation of her second novel Normal People. It is produced by Element Pictures, with directors Lenny Abrahamson and Leanne Welham.

Televisual’s Spring issue features a production close-up, going behind the scenes of the production, which was shot in Ireland and Croatia.

Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

The series stars emerging talent Alison Oliver, alongside Sasha Lane (American Honey, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) and Jemima Kirke (Sex Education, Girls).

Conversations With Friends (12×30’) has been commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama and Fiona Campbell, controller of BBC Three in the UK. It is co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen. Executive producers are Ed Guiney (Normal People, The Favourite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Normal People, Rosie, The Souvenir: Part II) and Andrew Lowe (Normal People, The Favourite) for Element Pictures, Rose Garnett (Normal People, The Favourite, The Souvenir) and Tommy Bulfin (Normal People, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders) for the BBC and Lenny Abrahamson. Catherine Magee (Normal People, Resistance, Rebellion) is series producer and Jeanie Igoe (Ramy, Miss Juneteenth, The Green Knight) is producer. Alice Birch (Normal People, Succession, Lady Macbeth), Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession) have adapted the novel for TV.

Conversations with Friends will premiere on BBC Three on 15 May in the UK. It will premiere on Hulu in the US. The series will also air on RTÉ in Ireland in May, details to be announced in coming weeks. Endeavor Content is handling worldwide sales.


Photo credit: BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe

Pippa Considine

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