Rupert Penry-Jones and Shaun Evans for ITV1’s The Last Weekend

Blake Morrison's novel to be dramatised in three parts by writer of Single Father

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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.

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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.”

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The Last Weekend will be made by Carnival, the production company behind Downton Abbey and Any Human Heart.