ephemera is a new two-part drama from the BBC that is set to shine the spotlight on Scotland and its abundance of talent. Featuring duty line Martin Compston, Ashley Jensen of after lifeand Tony Curran of Doctor Who, it is planned to be quite the miniseries. The scenario is based on Andrew O’Hagan’s novel of the same name, which was named Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2021, won the prestigious Christopher Isherwood Prize and also received praise from authors such as Graham Norton and Colm Tobin.
In a statement to the BBC, O’Hagan said of the television adaptation, “the story is very personal to me, and it’s amazing to see the characters come to life.” And so, find out everything we know so far about The ephemera, underneath.
Martin Compston is set to play Jimmy, one half of the pair at the heart of this drama. Jimmy and his best friend Tully Dawson (played by Tony Curran) present an “intimate and devastating portrait of male friendship”, said Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor.
In an Instagram Story, Compston wrote that he was “thrilled to be a part of this great cast.” Curran is also looking forward to the project airing, sharing in an Instagram post that he is “thrilled to be working with this great cast and crew.” Ashley Jensen is confirmed for the series, but it is not yet known what role she will play.
As the show is adapted from the novel, you can grab a copy of the book and read ahead for spoilers, if you feel so inclined. But for now, ephemera will focus on the story of Tully and Jimmy who “ignited a brilliant friendship based on music, films and rebellious spirit” in 1980s Scotland. A synopsis from the BBC reads: ‘With school out and the locked world of their fathers ahead of them, they race to the pinnacle of their youth – a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicenter of it all what inspires them in the British working class. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to live life differently.
It’s a tale of two halves though, as we then move forward thirty years, where we see this friendship between the two men tested in many ways. “ephemera is a memorial to the euphoria of youth and the daily tragedy. A tender farewell to an old union, he discovers the joy and the costs of love.”
ephemera Release date
A release date for ephemera is not yet in sight, as filming is expected to begin in autumn 2022 in and around Glasgow and Ayrshire. However, it has been confirmed that the show will be available on BBC One, BBC Scotland and iPlayer when released. And as expected, there is no ephemera neither does the trailer, but there are plenty of videos of O’Hagan discussing the book to whet your appetite while waiting.