The first trailer for new Russell T Davies drama Years and Years has arrived, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The minute-long teaser gives us our first glimpse of Dame Emma Thompson as Vivienne Rook, a character described as “an outspoken celebrity-turned-political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation.”
We also meet characters played in the Manchester-set drama by Rory Kinnear (Spectre), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Jessica Hynes (Paddington) and Ruth Madeley (Cold Feet).
Look out, too, for Russell Tovey, who starred in the Davies-penned Doctor Who festive special ‘Voyage of the Damned’, and T’Nia Miller, who appeared in the Doctor Who season nine episode ‘Hell Bent’.
Years and Years is set in the near future, in a Britain that “is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances.” It follows one family over an eventful 15-year period beginning one momentous night in 2019.
“I’ve wanted to write this for 20 years or so. And as the world accelerates like crazy around us, I realized I’d better get on with it!” former Doctor Who show runner Davies said when Years and Years was announced last June.
So far, the trailer is definitely piquing people’s interest on Twitter.
In other news, is anyone else intrigued by this new upcoming BBC drama, #YearsAndYears? Russell T. Davies as the writer starring Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey and Emma Thompson in what looks like the Beeb’s version of Black Mirror.
— Liam O'Dell (@LiamODellUK) April 21, 2019
Years and Years by Russell T Davies looks spectacular. A bit of Our Friends In The North, a dash of Doctor Who/Black Mirror and all of one of Britain’s finest writers. Can’t wait : https://t.co/FnATQdvpWh
— Simon Ward (@simonjward) April 21, 2019
Russell Tovey. Emma Thompson. I’m in 👌🏼 https://t.co/ond2Oi8HmK
— Alex (@GlosterAlex) April 21, 2019
The six-part limited series is a co-production between BBC One, HBO, and French network Canal+. It’s due to debut later this summer.
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