Coming up: Suspense thriller THE LAST WEEKEND

It starts on Sunday, 19 August, with episode one of three on ITV1 at 21:00.  From the United Agents’ site:

Don’t miss Mick Ford’s three part adaptation for ITV of Blake Morrison’s best selling suspense thriller The Last Weekend.   It tells the story of four days across one hot summer bank holiday weekend in the Suffolk countryside, the scene of what should be a relaxing break for two couples with a long shared history. 

Shaun Evans plays Ian, a working class primary school teacher, who met the sporty and privileged Ollie, played by Rupert Penry-Jones, at university.  The weekend break is a rare chance for both couples to reminisce and spend time together as they inhabit vastly different worlds during the course of their everyday lives.  Ian and Em (Claire Keelan), live a modest, suburban existence in Derbyshire, working as a primary school teacher and social worker, while Ollie and Daisy (Genevieve O’Reilly), lead a gilded and glamorous life in London that their careers as a barrister and head-hunter allow.  It should be an idyllic four days over the last baking hot bank holiday weekend of the summer, but the competitive edge to the men’s relationship soon bubbles to the surface and by Friday afternoon they have resurrected an old bet, the stakes of which become higher and higher.  As the competitiveness mounts, the weather becomes ever more oppressive and dormant sexual tensions begin bubbling to the surface, which results in a horrendous and catastrophic outcome for all.

Find out more at the Radio Times.  There’s also a twitter account for the programme – @LastWeekend_ITV.  And here’s a trailer: