Blake Morrison’s 2010 novel The Last Weekend, a suspense thriller about a disastrous bank holiday weekend away for two couples, is to be dramatised in three parts by ITV1.
Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel, Spooks) and Shaun Evans (Endeavour) play the lead roles: men who met at university but now live very different lives in different social classes. Their jealousy and competitiveness has terrible consequences for them and their partners – played by Claire Keelan and Genevieve O’Reilly – during a hot summer break in Suffolk.
The adaptation has been scripted by Mick Ford, writer of BBC1’s Single Father.
Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle said: “The Last Weekend is a brilliantly written, evocative portrayal of modern male jealousy. Superbly crafted and tightly structured, Mick Ford has brought Morrison’s claustrophobic thriller to life with exquisite menace.”
The Last Weekend will be made by Carnival, the production company behind Downton Abbey and Any Human Heart.