Sally Rooney's 2017 debut novel Conversations with Friends will be adapted by the BBC, it has been announced.

The Irish author's 2018 hit novel Normal People has already been adapted by the broadcaster and is set to be released in the spring starring Cold Feet actress Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell.

Rooney's acclaimed debut Conversations With Friends follows two college students, Frances and Bobbi, in Dublin as they forge a strange and unexpected connection with married couple Melissa and Nick.

The 12-part TV adaptation will be directed by Irish film-maker Lenny Abrahamson and produced by Element Pictures for BBC Three, who are also heading up Normal People.

Rooney commented: "I am so pleased to be working with the team at Element, Lenny Abrahamson and the BBC to produce an adaptation of Conversations With Friends.

"I'm confident we're going to find fresh and interesting ways of dramatising the novel's dynamics, and I'm excited to watch the process take shape."

Abrahamson said: "I love Conversations With Friends, its depth, humour and freshness, and it's an honour to be involved in bringing it to the screen.

"I'm particularly happy that my connection to Sally and her work is set to continue.

"Making Normal People has been a singular pleasure and I'm excited to be working with the same brilliant team again on Conversations With Friends."

Ed Guiney, from Element Pictures, added: "The team at Element have nurtured a burning ambition to bring Conversations With Friends to the screen ever since we first read it.

"We could not be more excited to be working once again with Sally, Lenny, Alice and our friends at the BBC on the adaptation of this utterly exceptional and enthralling novel."

Filming dates will be announced at a later date. 

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