RTÉ has announced that it will air the much-anticipated Element Pictures production of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends next year.

Following on the 2020 phenomenon that was Normal People, the award-winning Irish production company today announced the casting for the BBC and Hulu TV adaptation, in association with RTÉ, of Sally Rooney's debut literary sensation.

Conversations with Friends follows Frances, a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

Alison Oliver, an emerging talent from Lir Academy (whose graduates include Normal People’s Paul Mescal) will play Frances. Sasha Lane (American Honey) will star as Bobbi, Taylor Swift's other half Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Nick and Jemima Kirke (Girls) as Melissa, in this unique series that is both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story. 

Lenny Abrahamson

Element Pictures is once again collaborating with director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Alice Birch who will work alongside writers Mark O’Halloran (Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan Soon He Stanton (Succession) on the 12-part drama for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu, made in association with RTÉ.

Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and other international locations, with Lenny Abrahamson returning and sharing the directorial duties with Leanne Welham (His Dark Materials). 

"I feel so excited to be collaborating with four such superb actors to bring Sally’s brilliant novel to the screen," said Lenny Abrahamson.

"Over the last few months, it has been a privilege to work alongside Element Pictures and our extraordinary team of writers to get the scripts to a point where we all feel so excited to start shooting.

Sally Rooney

"I’ll be joined by a world-class crew (many of whom worked on Normal People) and supporting cast and I’m particularly happy to have Leanne Welham come on board.

"I’ve been an admirer of her work for a long time and I have no doubt she will bring great skill and subtlety to the episodes she directs."

Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, added: "Normal People was such a phenomenal hit on RTÉ last spring, and has broken all records on the RTÉ Player.

"We're so delighted to once again work with Element, on this new exciting new production."

Conversations with Friends will air in 2022 on BBC, Hulu, and RTÉ.