Prepare to fall in love with the gorgeous new trailer for ITV’s You & Me

ITV has just released the trailer for You & Me, a captivating new romantic comedy drama starring Harry Lawtey, Jessica Barden and Sophia Brown – and it looks so, so good.

Once in a while, a TV series comes along where the announcement alone is enough to convince you of its pedigree. From the on-screen talent and the behind-the-scenes crew to the snippets of the storyline, the immediate sense of excitement in your stomach is confirmation that you’ll be reserving every Sunday night for the release of a new episode.

ITV’s new London-set three-part drama You & Me looks to be no exception. 

Here’s what you need to know.

What is You & Me all about?

A quintessentially modern love story shot through with the twists, turns and surprises of a gripping thriller, the series – helmed by none other than the mighty Russell T Davies of It’s A Sin fame – explores what it means to find love, lose love, and try to love once again. 

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Ben, a young northerner in London, finds his life changed forever when catastrophe strikes on the happiest day of his life. Emma, meanwhile, is a rising theatre star who hides tragedy behind her success. And Jess is a young woman whose life takes an unexpected turn when she’s running to catch a bus.

As the “then” gives way to the “now”, a chance encounter leads their lives (and the lives of their loved ones) to collide. As they find themselves offered a second chance at love, will they take it – or will the past hold them back?

Watch the trailer for You & Me below:

As you can see, the first trailer introduces the characters of You & Me, and teases the tragic incidents that upend their lives. 

It’s all, however, pretty enigmatic: we learn little of the plot, and we avoid much of the story’s tragedy, instead focusing on the dizzying rollercoaster ride that is falling in love.

“It’s a beautiful drama, the likes of which we don’t get enough of. It’s lovely. It’s more serious than a romcom, it’s a classic story of romance. It’s a man and a woman. It’s that simple and it’s delicate. The day we stop telling stories like that, is the day the world stops turning,” Davies says.

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Who is working behind-the-scenes on You & Me?

The drama, which is billed as a fresh take on the much-loved British romcom, comes from screenwriter Jamie Davis.

“I wrote the show at a time in my life when things were going really well for me,” he says. “I catastrophised that and thought: what’s the worst thing that could happen? I thought it would be this, because then you’ve got a story about whether anyone can ever come back from that and find love again. This is a story about the love between a guy and a girl, a parent and a child, a child and a parent, a girl and her sister… It’s about what that love costs you, even if it’s the jeopardy that you might lose it. I met my wife when I was 17 and I’m aware that at any time between that point and this, it could have gone really wrong and I would have been lost.”

Meanwhile, Bafta-winning Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, Press, Screw) is set to direct, and Dominic Treadwell-Collins (A Very English Scandal, Holding, EastEnders) and Alexander Lamb (We Hunt Together, The Bay, Ackley Bridge) both serve as executive producers, alongside the aforementioned Davies.

ITV’s You & Me: Emma (Jessica Barden)

Who stars in You & Me?

Taking the lead roles are Harry Lawtey (Industry, The Pale Blue Eye) as Ben, Jessica Barden (The End Of The F***ing World, Far From The Madding Crowd) as Emma, and newcomer Sophia Brown (Giri/Haji, The Witcher: Blood Origin) as Jess.

Also featured in the cast are Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) as Ben’s mum Linda, Andi Osho (Stay Close, Good Omens) as Jess’s mum Pam, award-winning stage star Janie Dee (Crashing, Me And Orson Welles) as Emma’s mum Hannah, with Lily Newmark (Sex Education, Solo: A Star Wars Story) playing Emma’s sister Joey.

What are people saying about You & Me?

A compelling exploration of love in all its forms, You & Me looks set to reinvigorate the genre with its contemporary attitudes and modern struggles. 

“It is more than just a love story,” reads the official synopsis.

“It is also a story about love […] about finding love when you least expect it, about losing it, about parental and sibling love, about sex and friendship, about the difficult decisions we must all make in the name of love, and the often searingly painful cost of love.”

You & Me is a romantic drama that feels every bit as gripping as a thriller.

“It’s a real privilege to be trusted with Ben’s story,” comments Lawtey.

“You & Me is a brilliant, contemporary look at what it means to love. It’s about hope, heartache and that tendency for life to move a little faster than you’re able to keep up. Working alongside Sophia, Jess and this great crew is a joy – I can’t wait to share what we’ve made.”

“I feel so lucky to be working with so many talented and iconic people,” says Jessica Barden. “The type of story we are telling is what the British film and TV industry does best, and I can’t wait for people to see the show!”

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“I’m thrilled to be working alongside the brilliant Jess and Harry to help bring Jamie’s beautiful scripts to life,” adds Sophia Brown. 

“I fell in love with the characters so quickly – at every turn they made me laugh, then made me cry. What makes the project so special is how swiftly we capture the intricacy of life – how delicate love, loss, friendship and parenthood are in the modern world.”

When and where can we watch You & Me?

You & Me will become available for streaming as a boxset on ITVX from 23 February.

It will air episodically via ITV later in the year.

Images: ITV

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