‘Mothering Sunday’ trailer: ‘The Crown’ stars reunite in romantic 1920s drama

The first trailer has been released for Mothering Sunday.

Graham Swift’s acclaimed romance novel has been adapted by Succession and Normal People writer Alice Birch.

Set in post-World War I England, Mothering Sunday stars Josh O’Connor (The Durrells) as Paul, and newcomer Odessa Young as Jane.

They’re joined by Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), with Sope Dìrísù (The Halcyon), and Glenda Jackson (Elizabeth Is Missing).

Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor were last on screen together in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown, playing Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles respectively.

The official synopsis for Mothering Sunday reads: “On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day.

“Her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), the boy from the manor house nearby who is Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends.

“But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.”

Watch the trailer:


Mothering Sunday premieres at the BFI London Film Festival next month, before arriving in cinemas on Friday 19th November.

Director Eva Husson previously commented: “It truly felt like the planets aligned when this wonderful screenplay, Mothering Sunday somehow found its way to me.”

She explained: “[Screenwriter] Alice Birch seemed to whisper in my ear, and I felt everything I’d done so far prepared me for this specific story. It was a culmination of all that I am obsessed with in life: writing, sensuality, and pure cinema. I finished the script in tears, not from sadness, but because it cracked me open, like the most honest works do.”

The fifth season of The Crown recently began filming, although Josh O’Connor and Olivia Colman won’t be back in the new episodes.

Graham Swift’s novel Mothering Sunday is available on Amazon.