Gemma Arterton stars in BBC’s new adaptation of ‘Black Narcissus’ – watch the trailer!

The BBC has confirmed when its new Black Narcissus mini-series will air in the UK.

Based on English author Rumer Godden’s 1939 literary novel, the upcoming three-part period drama is an iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love.

Black Narcissus stars Gemma Arterton (Their Finest) as Sister Clodagh.

She’s joined by the late Diana Rigg (Victoria) as Mother Dorothea, Jim Broadbent (War and Peace) as Father Roberts, Gina McKee (Bodyguard) as Sister Adela, and Rosie Cavaliero (Gentleman Jack) as Sister Briony.

Watch the new trailer:


BAFTA award-winning writer Amanda Coe (Life in Squares) and director Charlotte Bruus Christensen have set the haunting love story in its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of the Second World War.

The three 60-minute episodes will premiere in the UK later this month.

Episode 1 airs at 9pm on Sunday 27th December on BBC One.

Episode 2 airs at 9pm on Monday 28th December on BBC One.

Episode 3 airs at 9pm on Tuesday 29th December on BBC One.

The official synopsis reads: “Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh (Arterton) and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.

“In the unfettered sensuality of the so-called House of Women, Sister Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to the handsome and damaged land agent, Mr Dean (Nivola). But as the repressed memories of Clodagh’s past become entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati, history seems doomed to repeat itself.

“Are there really ghosts here in the Himalayas, or are the nuns just succumbing to long-repressed primal desires? And which of them is prepared to die – or kill – for love?”

Black Narcissus was broadcast in the US last month on FX.

Rumer Godden’s novel Black Narcissus is available on Amazon.