Conversations With Friends is a story of fractured friendship between two Trinity College Dublin students, Frances and Bobbi, who make a strange connection with an older married couple. As well as exploring the conflict between love, art and appearances, the story also examines the contradictions of the Irish elite following the financial crash.
The BBC has revealed that Frances and Bobbi will be played by Alison Oliver (Fame Dogs) and Sasha Lane (Utopia, American Honey). Joe Alwyn (A Christmas Carol, The Favourite) and Jemima Kirke (Maniac, Girls) have also been cast as the older married couple, Nick and Melissa.
Left to right: Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Jemima Kirke, Joe Alwyn. Photo: BBC
These two Rooney series aren’t connected by story, but they share the same creators. They’re both produced by the Irish production company Element Pictures, BBC Three will drop the series in 12 episodes, and screenwriter Alice Birch (Succession, Lady Macbeth) is writing the scripts. This time around, Birch is working alongside Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession). Lenny Abrahamson (The Little Stranger, Room) also returns as the lead director.
Considering the overwhelming success of Normal People, which neared the top of Culture Whisper's best shows of 2020 list, the BBC could be looking at another Rooney winner with Conversations With Friends. It's expected to air some time next year.
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