RTÉ has announced that the eagerly awaited TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's acclaimed debut novel Conversations with Friends will begin on RTÉ One and the RTÉ Player on Wednesday, 18 May at 9:35pm.

The series will air over six weeks, with two new episodes each Wednesday night. The drama follows the global success of the TV adaptation of Rooney's book Normal People in 2020.

(L-R) Sasha Lane as Bobbi and Alison Oliver as Frances

Conversations with Friends tells the story of a 21-year-old Dublin-based college student called Frances, who, along with her friend Bobbi, becomes involved in the life of a married couple, Melissa and Nick.

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Alison Oliver, an emerging talent from the Lir Academy in Dublin, plays Frances. American Honey's Sasha Lane stars as Bobbi. Joe Alwyn, best known for The Favourite, is Nick. Girls' Jemima Kirke plays Melissa.

Conversations with Friends is directed by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Adam & Paul), who is back after co-directing Normal People with Hettie Macdonald. Abrahamson co-directs the new series with Leanne Welham (Pili, His Dark Materials). Dublin company Element Pictures, which was behind Normal People, is producing the 12-part series.

Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver as Nick and Frances in Conversations with Friends

The series was commissioned by BBC in partnership with Hulu and was made in association with RTÉ. It is co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen. Filming took place in Dublin, Belfast and Croatia.

RTÉ Director of Broadcast and Co-Productions, Dermot Horan, said: "RTÉ is delighted to be working with Element Pictures again on Conversations with Friends.

Conversations with Friends was filmed in Dublin, Belfast and Croatia

"Sally Rooney's novels have really resonated with Irish readers and there is great expectation that this adaptation will do the same for both RTÉ Television and RTÉ Player viewers."

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