Us BBC: Is Us based on a true story?

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Us premieres tonight (Sunday, September 20) at 9pm on BBC One. There are four episodes in the series which will air every Sunday. The entire series will also be available to watch in one go after the first episode has premiered. Is Us based on a true story? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Is Us based on a true story?

Us follows the story of a married couple, Connie (played by Saskia Reeves) and Douglas Petersen (Tom Hollander).

Connie and Douglas have been married for 25 years, however, with their son Albie heading off to college, Connie confesses to her husband she also wants to leave him.

In an attempt to fix their marriage and save his family, Douglas insists on taking one last family holiday touring Europe.

The series is an adaption of the 2014 novel of the same name by David Nicholls.

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Nicholls is well known for his romantic novel, One Day, which was adapted into a film in 2011, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

The novel was critically acclaimed,w winning the Specsavers “UK Author of the Year” award and was long-listed for the 2014 Man Booker prize.

Us is not a true story but the plot does draw on contemporary life.

Author David Nicholls explained: “Often a story is a response to the one you’ve just told.

“My novel One Day was about the beginnings of a relationship – will they, won’t they get together?

“Us asked what comes next. Once the obstacles are overcome, how do a couple negotiate the long haul of marriage?

“In most love stories this is where the screen fades to black, but what if you keep watching and perhaps add a child or two?

“So Us is about marriage and family life and what happens when romantic love fades, or at least turns into something else.

“In most marriage stories, this means infidelity, but I wanted to write about a husband who wouldn’t dream of such a thing, who is in fact so devoted to the idea of ‘us’ – of holding his family together – that he sends them all flying apart, in this case to either ends of a continent.

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“It took a long time to get the novel right. Marriage demands a different kind of love story, one that incorporates frustration, irritation, miscommunication, boredom, rage and regret – and where’s the comedy in that?

“Then there’s the tricky business of parenthood, and father/son relationships in particular.

“Perhaps someone finds this relationship relaxed and straightforward but I’ve not met them yet.”

Nicholls also summed up the true reality perfectly in a tweet ahead of the show’s premiere, pointing to the themes of family, relationship, love and loss, science and adventure.

He said: “Even in the streaming age, broadcast days are fretful but I do hope you enjoy #Us tonight and that it says something to you about family, love and loss, science and art and beautiful Europe.

“I’m hugely grateful to @DramaRepublic @bandstandprods @BBCOne and the wonderful cast and – crew, led by tireless Geoffrey Sax and Hannah Pescod @HPalindromic.

“Tom and Saskia are great, as is Sofie Gråbøl (ep2) and I love ‘the young ones’ @TomTaylor1607, @ThaddeaGraham, Iain and Gina.

“Thanks to all. 9pm then the whole damn journey is on @BBCiPlayer straightaway.”

Tom Hollander who plays Douglas Petersen added: “Us is actually a very familiar story which I think a lot of people will be able to identify with.”

Us airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One

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