Lily James is "passionately romantic" in the trailer for BBC's 'The Pursuit of Love'

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

The BBC has released the first trailer featuring Lily James as the "passionately romantic" Linda Radlett in Emily Mortimer's adaptation of Nancy Mitford's classic novel The Pursuit of Love.

In the clip, James' Radlett is accused by cousin and friend Fanny (Emily Beecham) of "aspiring to being wicked and adulterous", to which Linda replies: "No, I aspire to true love." Co-star Dominic West, is featured laughing maniacally, cracking a whip, and shouting as he goes puce in the face: "An adulterous woman is the single most disgusting thing there is!"

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

The trailer also sees Andrew Scott's eccentric Lord Merlin shocking Linda with his debauched antics at a hedonistic party. "Love is for grown ups, as you'll discover one day," he later admonishes her.

Adapted and directed by actress Mortimer, the story is set in Europe between the two World Wars and follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda, and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

Consumed by a desire for love and marriage, the two women are on the hunt for the ideal husband. Their friendship is put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart, to increasingly wild and outrageous places. As social and political divisions split the nation, their diverging choices raise personal questions that remain intensely relevant today – questions about freedom, about love and sex, and the mystery of the human heart.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The cast also includes Mortimer as Fanny's mother, The Bolter, Dolly Wells as Linda’s parents, Uncle Matthew and Aunt Sadie Radlett, John Heffernan as Davey, Annabel Mullion as Aunt Emily, and Beattie Edmondson as Louisa Radlett.

Linda and Fanny’s suitors include Call My Agent's Assaad Bouab as Fabrice de Sauveterre, Shazad Latif as Alfred Wincham and The Crown's Freddie Fox as Tony Kroesig.

The Pursuit of Love which is coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 9th May at 9pm. All three episodes will then be available to watch as a boxset on BBC iPlayer.

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