Interview with Tom Hollander (left) who plays Douglas Petersen in Us
Us - David Nicholls adapts his bestselling novel for BBC One
20th September 9pm, BBC One
4 episodes. All episodes available on iPlayer
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Tell us about the story of Us?
I think one of the most poignant things about the way that David has written the story is how the present-day Douglas and Connie are intercut with flashbacks of them as a young couple. You see them, how they fell in love and yet how things have changed. It’s not easy adapting your own book for the screen but he’s a brilliant writer who obviously he knows his own story inside out.
Tell us about Douglas Petersen.
Douglas is fairly conflicted about the idea as he isn’t sure he wants to go on holiday with someone who might want to leave him. However he decides that the best way of fighting for his wife is to go on the holiday with the mission of making his marriage survive. It’s an opportunity for Douglas to try and prove to Connie what a wonderful man he is and it’s a chance for him to resolve things with Albie, all of which goes wrong pretty quickly!
What attracted you to the project?
Tell us about the other characters.
Tell us about your casting?
Tell us about the challenges of shooting in so many different cities and locations?
It was very challenging for production and shooting in four different countries. There were four different crews and we were shooting out of sequence as ever; so you could be walking into a doorway in Amsterdam in episode two, which then turned into a staircase in Paris in episode one, which turned into a bedroom and then weeks later back into a studio in London, to play the room through the doorway in Amsterdam, to enable you to end up on a different street in Paris. It was quite a logistical feat to get it done! There was a lot of stress involved but relief every time when you looked up at the amazing places you got to film in.
We were also filming on the Eurostar and other trains, travelling from Paris to Barcelona but pretending that it was Paris to Amsterdam, which worked well until we got to the wilds of Southern France and Northern Spain where it didn’t really look like the lowlands of Flanders! I remember feeling quite pressured because we had a lot of material to shoot in a particularly finite amount of time because of the length of the moving train journey.
What can the audience expect from ‘Us’ and why should they tune in?
Source BBC One
September 18, 2020 4:55am ET by BBC One