Filming has started on a four-part BBC One dramatisation of Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton), starring Tom Hollander and adapted by the author himself.
Produced by Drama Republic and Bandstand Productions, the adaptation of Nicholls’ 2014 bestseller, which sold 81,210 hardback copies and 346,087 in paperback through Nielsen, also features Saskia Reeves, Sofie Gråbøl and Tom Taylor.
Us tells the story of how Douglas Petersen (Hollander) is blindsided when his wife Connie (Reeves) 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 (Taylor).
Nicholls, who has just released new novel Sweet Sorrow (Hodder & Stoughton), said: “It’s a huge thrill to see the novel come to life, and with such a wonderful cast and production team. We want to make something funny, touching and beautiful, to really explore marriage and family life, all against this incredible backdrop.”
David Nicholls (credit: Sophia Spring) and the paperback jacket for his novel Us
Filming for the show will take place in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris.
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said: “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. We are thrilled to work with David and Drama Republic once again and also with Bandstand Productions on their debut drama for the BBC.”
Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn, executive producers for Drama Republic, added: “David Nicholls is a unique and rare talent who miraculously manages to intertwine profound emotion with full-on humour. This glorious adaptation has attracted an exceptional cast in Tom Hollander, Saskia Reeves and Sofie Gråbøl. We couldn’t be more excited to begin filming.”