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Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves to star in David Nicholls' Us for the BBC

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Story by Jack Foley

FILMING has begun on Us, BBC One’s four-part adaptation of David Nicholls’ hugely popular novel of the same name.

Tom Hollander heads the star-studded ensemble alongside Saskia Reeves (Luther, Shetland), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Fortitude), Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster, The Dark Tower), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Fades) and Thaddea Graham (Curfew, The Letter for the King), with casting by Sarah Crowe.

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).

Reflecting David Nicholls’ signature mix of humour and heartbreak, Us brings the Petersens’ poignant and often hilarious story to life, taking viewers with them on their once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Nicholls commented: “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.”

Tom Hollander and Hannah Pescod added: “We are delighted to be working with Drama Republic and the great David Nicholls in bringing his beautiful novel to BBC One. The trials of the Petersens will strike a chord with many – a family tale for our times.”

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.”

Filming will take place in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris.

Us is directed by Lisa Siwe (Temple, Modus) and distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

Hollander was most recently seen in the BBC crime drama Baptiste.