Trailer Premiere: BBC's Adaptation of Zadie Smith's 'NW' + Release Date Set (Nikki Amuka-Bird Stars)
Photo Credit: Nikki Amuka-Bird in "NW" / BBC Two

Trailer Premiere: BBC's Adaptation of Zadie Smith's 'NW' + Release Date Set (Nikki Amuka-Bird Stars)

Nikki Amuka-Bird in "NW" / BBC Two
Nikki Amuka-Bird in “NW” / BBC Two

Nikki Amuka-Bird (“Luther”) and Phoebe Fox (“Hollow Crown”) star in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel “NW.”

“NW” tells the story of Natalie and Leah, friends who grew up together in North West London, whose lives have taken them in different directions. Natalie’s wealth and ambition have set her apart from the friends and family she grew up with – and she finds herself asking not only who she really is, but where she belongs. In an area where wealth and poverty are only streets apart, life is fragile – as Natalie and Leah are about to find out.

Nikki Amuka-Bird, best known for playing DC Erin Gray opposite Idris Elba in BBC1 drama “Luther,” is playing Natalie, while Phoebe Fox is her Leah.

The 90-minute drama was adapted to teleplay by Rachel Bennette. Saul Dibb is directing.

It is co-produced by BBC2 and Mammoth Screen.

Mammoth Screen executive producer Preethi Mavahalli said: “To call Zadie’s ‘NW’ a masterpiece is no exaggeration – it is a sharp and stunning portrait of modern life. Exploring themes of migration, class and friendship against the backdrop of a perfectly-observed London, it has all the ingredients of an outstanding piece of drama.”

“I am thrilled that NW’ is being made and especially pleased that Nikki Amuka-Bird is to play Natalie, a powerful stage actress who I know will bring depth and heart to the role,” said author Zadie Smith.

Amuka-Bird added, “‘NW’ was my postcode for many years and I was amazed to read a book that so brilliantly and honestly captured the reality of life in one of our most multi-cultural suburbs, so it’s thrilling to be involved in bringing it to the screen.”

BBC Two has now set a premiere date for the telepic for Monday, November 14th at 9pm. No word on whether BBC America will pick up for USA audiences, but I would assume so. When I have certainty, so will you.

A first trailer for the film (although it’s more like a teaser) has premiered and is embedded below:

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