Aisling Franciosi, who is recently reprised her role as Katie in the upcoming third season of The Fall, and newcomer Synnove Karlsen have been set as the leads in Clique, BBC Three’s new six episode thriller series about female friendship tested to extremes from Skins scribe Jess Brittain.
Clique follows childhood friends Georgia (Aisling Franciosi) and Holly (Synnove Karlsen), who are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at university in Edinburgh, when Georgia gets drawn into the elite clique of alpha-girls, led by lecturer Jude McDermid. Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, but Georgia’s effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. Holly’s jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically.
Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely guarded circle. What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh’s highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia. Can Holly reclaim her soulmate? And at what cost to herself?
In addition to Aisling Franciosi and Synnove Karlsen, the cast of the six-parter also includes Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan, Home Fires), Sophia Brown (Topboy, Guerrilla), Mark Strepan (The Mill, New Blood), Sorcha Groundsell (Iona), Peter Bankole (River, Peaky Blinders), Chris Fulton (Stonemouth, One Of Us), Harris Dickinson (The Medium, Home) and newcomers Ella Rae-Smith and Emma Appleton.
“Clique is about the different ways ambition plays out in young women at university”, said series creator Jess Brittain. “It’s a heightened version of a certain type of uni experience, pulled from my time at uni, then ramped up a few notches into a psychological thriller. Clique goes to some pretty dark places. But returns, always, to the key female friendships of our central characters”.
The six-part drama series is set up as a co-production between BBC Studios and Balloon Entertainment. Series creator Jess Brittain penned the scripts alongside Kirstie Swain and Milly Thomas. Gabriel Silver is the series producer, while Bryan Elsley and Christopher Aird will executive produce. Clique starts filming this week in Edinburgh for a 2017 premiere. All3Media International will handle global sales.