‘Mayflies’, a new two-part series based on Andrew O’Hagan’s novel of the same name will feature music by Lorne Balfe. Produced by Synchronicity Films and adapted by Andrea Gibb, the series stars Martin Compston, Tony Curran, Ashely Jensen and Tracey Ifeachor. The first episode will air on BBC One Wednesday 28th at 9pm, with the second episode airing Thursday 29th at 9pm.
‘Everyone has a Tully Dawson (Tony Curran) – the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy (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…
Mayflies is 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.’