David Nicholls’ adaptation of his novel Us is airing on PBS next month.
Starring Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Saskia Reeves (Luther), and Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), the drama was originally shown in four parts on BBC One in the UK last autumn.
Hollander and Reeves play a couple who embark on a long-planned grand tour of Europe, despite the wife’s wrenching proclamation that she wants to leave the marriage.
Us will be broadcast in the US as two feature-length episodes on PBS at 9/8c on Sunday 20th June and Sunday 27th June.
The “hilarious and heartbreaking” mini-series was filmed in 2019 in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris.
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The official synopsis reads “Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander) is blindsided when his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) tells him that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore.
“Devastated, Douglas vows to prove to his wife that he is still the man she fell in love with and to repair his troubled relationship with their son Albie (Tom Taylor), on a long-planned family grand tour of Europe.
“What’s meant to be a holiday to mark the last summer before Albie leaves for university becomes, for Douglas, a desperate quest. Will he be able to keep his family together?”
Writer and author David Nichollas commented: “Family stories are hard to tell on screen. Without the twists and turns of the thriller, the medical drama or whodunit, events have to turn on a look, a smile, an ill-judged joke or misunderstanding.
“Despite the grandeur of the backdrop it’s a chamber-piece, often a two or three-hander, about a family facing the possibility of life apart.
“Yes, it’s about regret and loss and the spectre of loneliness, but I hope we’ve made something funny and uplifting too, something emotional and affecting that will have viewers recognising themselves and those around them, as one of ‘Us’.”
Tom Hollander is currently filming ITV’s new adaptation of The Ipcress File.
Based on Len Deighton’s classic espionage novel, the six-part drama stars Peaky Blinders actor Joe Cole as Harry Palmer, the character made famous by Michael Caine.
David Nicholls’ novel Us is available on Amazon.