Tom Hollander (Baptiste, The Night Manager) and Saskia Reeves (Luther, Shetland), have been tapped to star in Us, BBC One’s four-part drama that is based on David Nicholls’ novel of the same name. Hollander will play Douglas Petersen, while Reeves has been cast as Connie.
Us tells the story of Douglas Petersen, who is blindsided when his wife Connie tells him that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore. Agreeing to still go on their planned family grand tour of Europe, Douglas vows to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with their son Albie.
“We feel so honoured to be bringing David’s beautiful novel to BBC One and to have the brilliant Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves playing the leading roles”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. “We are thrilled to work with David and Drama Republic once again and also with Bandstand Productions on their debut drama for the BBC.”
Rounding out the cast is Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Fades), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Fortitude), Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster, The Dark Tower) and Thaddea Graham (Curfew, The Letter for the King). “It’s a huge thrill to see the novel come to life, and with such a wonderful cast and production team”, said David Nicholls. “We want to make something funny, touching and beautiful, to really explore marriage and family life, all against this incredible backdrop.”
Author David Nicholls adapted his novel for television. The four-parter is being produced for BBC One by Drama Republic and Bandstand Productions. The executive producers are Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn for Drama Republic, Tom Hollander and Hannah Pescod for Bandstand Productions, Jo McClellan for BBC One and David Nicholls. Lisa Siwe is attached to direct. Production on the series is now underway. Filming will take place in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris. BBC Studios is handling global sales.