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Tom Hollander to star in BBC1 adaptation of Us by David Nicholls

Tom Hollander
(Image credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Tom plays a man whose wife says she's not sure she wants to be married to him anymore

Tom Hollander is to star in a BBC1 adaptation of Us, the best-selling novel by David Nicholls.

The 51-year-old star, who’s best known for his roles in Rev, The Night Manager and Baptiste, will play Douglas Petersen, a man who’s stunned when his wife Connie (Luther’s Saskia Reeves) announces that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore.

However, Connie does agree to still go on their grand tour of Europe together, so Douglas vows to win back the love of his wife and to mend his difficult relationship with their son Albie (Doctor Foster’s Tom Taylor).

The BBC said that the four-part drama would reflect “David Nicholls’ signature mix of humour and heartbreak” as Douglas and his family take “viewers with them on their once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world".

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David Nicholls said: “It’s a huge thrill to see the novel come to life, and with such a wonderful cast and production team.

"We want to make something funny, touching and beautiful, to really explore marriage and family life, all against this incredible backdrop.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “We feel so honoured to be bringing David’s beautiful novel to BBC1 and to have the brilliant Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves playing the leading roles.”

This isn’t the first time a book by David Nicholls has been brought to the screen. James McAvoy starred in a 2006 movie version of Nicholls’ novel Starter for 10, while in 2011 his hit book One Day was also turned into a film, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Filming has just stared on Us. It’s not yet been revealed when the Tom Hollander drama will be screened.

Main Tom Hollander picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

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