The scheduling differences between RTÉ One and BBC Three for Sally Rooney’s new miniseries Conversations with Friends have been attributed to funding.
There’s great anticipation here for the release of the 12-episode series this month, and TV bosses are hoping it will repeat the global success of normal people.
The first two episodes, again created by Dublin-based Element Pictures, will premiere worldwide on BBC Three this Sunday May 15, the same day as on Hulu in the US. However, the series, which is based on Rooney’s debut novel, will not air until Wednesday 18 May on RTÉ One, leaving Irish viewers open to possible spoilers.
When asked about the three-day delay between the UK and here, a spokesman for RTÉ said: “BBC is majority funding it, so it gets the premiere.” She said BBC Three is not widely available in Ireland and the Irish broadcaster believes that most people here would therefore only see the series on RTÉ.
The decision to air the show on Wednesdays could also be down to RTÉ’s prime-time scheduling, as it can’t be aired against it The Sunday game. In addition to a monthly, RTÉ also shows self-produced documentaries crime reputation on Monday night while prime time airs Tuesdays at 9:35 p.m.
It is understood that given the high level of interest in the series, RTÉ has always planned to show it on a Wednesday night at 9:35pm. There was a two-day gap between the BBC and RTÉ when normal people aired in 2020.
The adaptation of conversations with friends was commissioned by the BBC in partnership with streaming service Hulu and produced in collaboration with RTÉ.
It was co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen and filmed in Dublin, Belfast and Croatia.
Running for six weeks, the series follows the adventures of college student Frances, played by Alison Oliver, as she navigates a series of complicated relationships.
The cast consists of relative newcomers, including Sasha Lane as Frances’ ex-girlfriend Bobbi alongside married couple Nick (Joe Alwyn) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke).
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The film is executive produced by Ed Guiney, with Lenny Abrahamson directing alongside screenwriters Alice Birch and Rooney.
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