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BBC2 acquires Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike comedy series State of the Union

State of the Union

Story by Jack Foley

BBC Two has acquired short-form comedy series State Of The Union, starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike.

Written by Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning writer Nick Hornby, the series is directed by Academy Award-nominated, BAFTA and Emmy-winner Stephen Frears and is comprised of 10 ten-minute long episodes.

State Of The Union follows Louise and Tom (Pike and O’Dowd) who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session.

With each successive episode, we piece together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart. Hornby explores the complexities of marriage with his inimitable honesty and humour.

Hornby commented: “I am delighted that State Of The Union will be shown on the BBC – it’s absolutely the right place for it, and it was hard for us to imagine any other home in the UK.”

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, added: “I am so delighted to bring this to the BBC Two audience. The writing is so fantastic, the performances from Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd are pitch perfect and the direction is the very best in the world. What a treat.”

And Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, said: “Wonderfully well-written, directed and performed, State Of The Union is funny, poignant, insightful, engaging and unique. Each 10-minute episode is a polished gem.”