|Conversations with Friends|
|Based on||Conversations with Friends|
by Sally Rooney
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||25–31 minutes|
|Original release||15 May 2022|
Conversations with Friends is an Irish television serial based on the 2017 novel of the same name by the Irish author Sally Rooney. Developed by Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu in association with RTÉ, it is the second adaptation by this crew of a Rooney novel after Normal People in 2020. Conversations with Friends was first broadcast on 15 May 2022. The series received generally favourable reviews with praise for the performance of lead cast and aesthetics.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.K. viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Lenny Abrahamson||Alice Birch||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Best friends and former lovers Frances and Bobbi meet Melissa, an author, and Nick, her actor husband.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Lenny Abrahamson||Mark O'Halloran||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Melissa invites the friends to her birthday party. Frances kisses Nick. Later Nick invites Frances to come over while Melissa is away.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Lenny Abrahamson||Mark O'Halloran||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Frances and Nick have sex. They get to know each other. Melissa invites the girls to a holiday in Croatia.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Lenny Abrahamson||Meadhbh McHugh and Susan Soon He Stanton||15 May 2022||N/A|
|The girls arrive in Croatia. They eat, drink and explore the town and countryside. Nick comes to Frances' room.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Lenny Abrahamson||Meadhbh McHugh and Susan Soon He Stanton||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Melissa is nervous. Her agent is coming to see her. After a boozy dinner Nick comes to Frances' room. Bobbi interrupts them.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Leanne Welham||Meadhbh McHugh||15 May 2022||N/A|
|After the holiday, Frances goes to see her mother. She starts bleeding and is taken to A&E. She has not suffered a miscarriage. She returns to Dublin and tries to make amends with Bobbi.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Leanne Welham||Meadhbh McHugh||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Bobbi moves in with Frances. Nick returns from Croatia and starts coming round to Frances' flat. He wants to tell Melissa.|
|8||"Episode 8"||Leanne Welham||Meadhbh McHugh||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Frances sees Nick and Melissa at the book launch. They look happy together. She has a Tinder date. Nick invites her over. She says she loves him then leaves.|
|9||"Episode 9"||Leanne Welham||Mark O'Halloran||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Melissa’s agent wants to see some of Frances' work. Frances collapses and is helped home by Bobbi. Nick comes to see her and tells her he loves her.|
|10||"Episode 10"||Leanne Welham||Alice Birch||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Melissa tells Frances she wants to work out a way for Nick to be with both of them. Frances has a short story published. She gets a worrying message from her father. Her mum says everything is okay.|
|11||"Episode 11"||Lenny Abrahamson||Alice Birch||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Nick had a breakdown. Frances is diagnosed with endometriosis. Nick says he slept with Melissa. The friends go to Nick's birthday party but Frances leaves. Bobbi is angry about the short story.|
|12||"Episode 12"||Lenny Abrahamson||Alice Birch||15 May 2022||N/A|
|Frances calls Melissa and realises the damage she has done to other people. She apologises to Bobbi and says she loves her. They get back together again. Nick (accidentally) calls her. He misses her. She says "come and get me".|
In February 2020, it was announced that Conversations with Friends would be made into a 12-episode miniseries, and that most of the creative team behind the adaptation of Rooney's second novel, Normal People, including Element Pictures, director Lenny Abrahamson, and co-writer Alice Birch, would be returning for this adaptation. Mark O'Halloran, Meadhbh McHugh, and Susan Soon He Stanton were added as writers, and Leanne Welham was added as a director.
The cast was announced in February 2021, with Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke, Sasha Lane, and Alison Oliver as the book's main quartet.
Principal photography began in April 2021, in Northern Ireland. Locations include Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Hvar, Croatia. Cast and crew were on set in Bray, County Wicklow that July. The production included an intimacy coordinator, Ita O'Brien.
The series premiered/released on 15 May 2022, on BBC Three and Hulu. It premiered on RTÉ One on Wednesday May 18 with a feature-length episode. Endeavor Content will distribute the series internationally.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the limited series holds a 60% approval rating based on 58 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "'While the characters are unevenly compelling and the overlong plotting makes these Conversations often go in circles, this adaptation retains some of the observant wisdom that made Sally Rooney's novel shine." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".