Conversations with Friends: When the Sally Rooney Drama Airs and How to Watch

Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends kicks off this spring and looks set to be one of the most talked about shows of the year.

The drama, which tells the story of former lovers Frances and Bobbi, is the second adaptation that author Sally Rooney has brought to the small screen after the smash hit Normal People in 2020. You can read more about the show’s connection to Normal People here and all about the cast, here.

Lenny Ambrahamson, director of Conversations With Friends, said of the drama, “It questions monogamy and how one person can love more than another person in an ethical way.” He added, “It’s also about the self-absorption in all of us as we reach young adulthood; in the effort to discover who you are, it’s easy to lose the simple truth that it’s in your relationships with others and the generosity of those relationships, that you find yourself.”

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Director Abrahamson returns after his successful run in Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Also returning for Conversations with Friends are writer Alice Birch and Sally Rooney herself to co-write the script.

But where can you watch the new drama? Here’s a handy guide on how to view Conversations with Friends.

What time will Conversations with Friends be on BBC Three?

Conversations with Friends begins Sunday, May 15

Conversations with friends starts on Sunday, May 15 at 10 p.m.

It will be available to watch on BBC Three and iPlayer in the UK.

How many episodes will there be?

Conversations with Friends is longer than the average series at 12 episodes.

Each episode will last half an hour.

What happens if I miss Conversations with Friends on TV?

Don’t worry, the series will be available on iPlayer after the first episode has aired on BBC Three. All episodes will be released at once on the platform.

What is Conversations with Friends about?

Based on the novel of the same name, Conversations with Friends is about Dublin student and aspiring writer Frances and her best friend (and ex-girlfriend) Bobbi, who befriend an older married couple, Melissa and Nick, with complicated emotional consequences.

The synopsis for the series reads: “Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now her best friend, Bobbi is confident, outspoken and convincing. Although they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable, performing spoken word poetry together in Dublin. It is at one of their shows that they meet Melissa, an older writer, who is fascinated by the couple.

Bobbi and Frances start spending time with Melissa and her husband, Nick, a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi openly flirt, Nick and Frances embark on an intense secret affair that surprises them both. Soon, the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self and the friendship she holds so dear.”

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