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Us BBC1 - everything you need to know about the Tom Hollander drama

Us BBC1 Tom Hollander in Paris
(Image credit: BBC/Drama Republic/Colin Hutton)

Us on BBC1 is proving a big hit

Us on BBC1 is a new Tom Hollander drama adapted by David Nicholls from his hugely popular novel of the same name. And all four episodes are now available to watch on iPlayer.

Nicholls also wrote Starter For Ten, which was turned into a 2006 film starring James McAvoy. Plus he penned One Day, which was made into a 2011 movie starring Anne Hathaway. Us is just one of a number of great BBC dramas.

Here’s everything you need to know about Us on BBC1 starring Tom Hollander

Us on BBC1 - when is the next episode?

Us started on BBC1 on Sunday 20th September at 9pm. Episode three is being shown this Sunday, 4th October, at 9pm.

What’s the plot of Us?

Saskia Reeves and Tom Hollander in Us BBC1

Can Douglas (Tom Hollander) win his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) back as they go on a grand tour of Europe? (Image credit: BBC/Drama Republic/Colin Hutton)

Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander) is stunned when his wife Connie tells him that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him anymore. As they go on their grand tour of Europe, Douglas makes it his mission to win his wife’s love back. And to repair his difficult relationship with their son Albie.

The BBC says: “Reflecting David Nicholls' signature mix of humour and heartbreak, Us brings the Petersens' poignant and often hilarious story to life, taking viewers with them on their once-in-a-lifetime journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world.”

David Nicholls says: “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.”

Who’s in the cast of Us?

Tom Hollander, known for Baptiste (opens in new tab), The Night Manager and Rev, plays the leading role of Douglas. Shetland and Luther actress Saskia Reeves takes on the part of Douglas’s wife Connie. Tom Taylor plays Albie.

Is there a trailer for Us?

"I've been thinking about leaving, I think our marriage might be over," says Connie to her stunned husband in the opening part of this first trailer for Us. An emotional Douglas is then heard asking what he can change about himself. Reflecting that the show is also going to be really funny, Douglas says: "Three weeks, six countries, 12 cities, we're like, I don't know, U2!."

How many parts is it?


What happens in episode two of Us?

Douglas and his family get on their bikes in Amsterdam in BBC1's Us

Playing at happy families soon turns sour in Amsterdam (Image credit: BBC/Drama Republic/Colin Hutton)

The family’s European tour takes them to Amsterdam. But Douglas’s plans to enjoy swooping along the canal-lined streets on bikes are soon up in the air when Kat turns up. It all builds to a huge bust up with Connie - will she want to continue the holiday? And is their marriage now truly over?

What happens in episode three of Us?

Us episode three Douglas and Freja in Venice

Douglas and Freja in Venice

Douglas finds himself alone in one of the world’s most romantic cities and rapidly heading for rock bottom. He walks all around Venice in a desperate search for his son. Meanwhile, back in the UK, Connie manages to discover a clue about their son’s whereabouts...

Back in Italy, Douglas meets a fellow lone traveller Freja (played by The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl) and confides in her. But things soon get worse for Douglas again as he still can’t find Albie and he has an unexpected brush with the law.

What else do we know about US?

As well as starring in Us Tom Hollander is also acting as an executive producer on the series. Meanwhile, filming took place in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris.

Us is being screened on BBC1 and is available to watch on iPlayer (see our TV Guide for more shows to enjoy).

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!