This new BBC drama tackles the risky side of love – and we finally have a trailer and release date

Starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker, BBC’s Marriage sounds like an absolute must-watch and we finally have an intimate trailer of the upcoming drama.

Updated 29 July: It’s been a rich day in the world of entertainment. Firstly, we were honoured with our soundtrack to summer 2022, thanks to Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance Act I, then we got the verdict in the Wagatha Christie trial, and now the BBC has released the much-anticipated trailer for Marriage, starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker.  

The four-part series, written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski (Him And Her, Mum), promises to capture the highs and lows of a long-term marriage, and by the looks of the trailer, it does so very authentically. “I can’t believe we’re having an argument about jacket potatoes,” despairs Emma (Walker) from a cramped seat on a budget airline flight. We’ve all been there

And the good news is you won’t have to wait long to watch the drama for yourself – it’s just been announced that it will be coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 14 August at 9pm. 

Until then, you can get a taste of what’s to come here…

Written 2 March: If there’s one thing we’ve noticed about the world of recent TV, it’s this: we’re far more obsessed with the myriad dramas that stem from long-term love.

We’ve sunk our teeth into the likes of Kevin Can F**k Himself, Lie With Me, I Am, and Clickbait – and don’t get us started on Angela Black, Scenes From A Marriage, Ridley Road or the more hilarious Starstruck. And need we mention how excited we are for upcoming Apple TV+ adaptation Pachinko?

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It makes sense, then, that the BBC has signed up two of its shiniest stars – Time’s Sean Bean and The Split’s Nicola Walker – for an emotional new series about marriage. And now, we finally have our first look at the upcoming four-part series.

In the recently released first-look images, we get a taste of the intimacy and general life of the pair. It’s all very sweet, very ordinary and we’re certain that’s what’ll make this series such a relatable watch for many.

Here’s what you need to know.

What’s the plot of Marriage?

This much-anticipated drama from Bafta-winning writer and director Stefan Golaszewski holds a microscope up over married couple Ian and Emma as they negotiate the ups and downs of their 30-year marriage.

“We see them dealing with the insecurities, the ambiguities, the hopes and the fears that are part of all marriages as the drama explores the risks and the gifts of a long-term intimate relationship,” promises the synopsis, adding that Marriage will be “sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always revealing.”

Game Of Thrones’ Sean Bean and The Split’s Nicola Walker star in BBC’s Marriage.

What are people saying about Marriage?

Bean has described the series as “intimate,” while Walker has promised that viewers will step into a “beautiful, funny, and complicated world” via the series.

Elsewhere, Piers Wenger – the director of BBC drama commissioning – adds: “The extraordinary depth and complexity of Stefan’s characters calls for two of our most talented and loved actors. Enter Nicola and Sean. It’s always a privilege to have you on the BBC.”

How many episodes of Marriage will there be?

Marriage will consist of four episodes, each of which will run for an hour. So, yes, it’s a mini series – but it’s a meaty one at that.

Our first look at Nicola Walker and Sean Bean in BBC’s Marriage.

Who will star in Marriage?

As well as Bean and Walker leading the cast as Ian and Emma, some further casting details have excitingly just been announced.

James Bolam (New Tricks) will be joining the cast as Gerry, Emma’s father, while Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners) is set to star as Jamie, Emma’s boss. Chantelle Alle (We Are Lady Parts, Mood) will also be starring as Jessica, Ian and Emma’s daughter.

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When and where can we watch Marriage?

It’s now been confirmed that Marriage will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 14 August at 9pm. The countdown to our new favourite Sunday night drama is officially on.

Images: BBC

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