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Sally Rooney's Conversations With Friends Getting 12-Part BBC Series

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04:52 26 Feb 2020

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Conversations With Friends

Sally Rooney's Conversations With Friends is getting the TV treatment.

The BBC are to adapt Rooney's debut novel for a 12-part BBC Three series.

Conversations With Friends tells the story of college friends Frances and Bobbi.

Their relationship becomes complicated when they befriend older married couple Melissa and Nick.

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Film maker Lenny Abrahamson will direct the project.

While Irish company Element Pictures, behind The Favourite, Room and The Lobster, will produce.

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Speaking about the news Abrahamson said, "I love Conversations With Friends, its depth, humour and freshness, and it's an honour to be involved in bringing it to the screen."

"I'm particularly happy that my connection to Sally and her work is set to continue."

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This is the second Sally Rooney/BBC collaboration in the works.

Last May The BBC and Hulu revealed Rooney's second novel Normal People was getting a 12-part series.

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Normal People

We got a first look at Normal People in November last year.

The book follows the complex lives of Marianne and Connell.

The story begins as both teenagers attend the same secondary school in Sligo.

Connell is  handsome, successful and popular while Marianne is a total outcast.

This flips when both are accepted into Trinity College and start new lives in Dublin.

The book follows the pair as the grow close and grow distant, but continue to be pulled back into each other's lives through a number of traumas.

Playing Marianne is Daisy Edgar-Jones.

The 21-year-old actor was born and raised in London and has previously appeared in Cold Feet and War of the Worlds. 

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Newcomer Paul Mescal will portray Connell in his first TV role.

Mescal's previous experience is theater based.

He's appeared in a number of plays in The Lir, The Gate Theatre and The Abbey.

Normal People airs on BBC Three this April.

Filming dates for Conversations With Friends are TBA.

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