FIRST LOOK Mayflies

The BBC has released three first look images from their two-part adaptation by Andrea Gibb of Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel of the same name.


Set in the summer of 1986, the two-part drama has been adapted by Andrea Gibb from Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel of the same name and filmed in Scotland, directed by Peter Mackie Burns and starring Tony Curran as Tully Dawson.


Everyone has a friend like Tully who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy, played by Martin Compston and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit.


With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain.


There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings.


Tully has the worst kind of news and a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit.


Ashley Jensen also stars as Anna in this new drama which promises to be a memorial to youth’s euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.


Further names joining the cast include Tracy Ifeachor as Iona, Tom Glynn-Carney as young Tully, Rian Gordon as young Jimmy, Elaine C Smith as Barbara, Shauna Macdonald as Fiona, Cal MacAninch as Tibbs and Colin McCredie as Scott.


Mayflies will air later this year on BBC One