BBC Three to release Looking For Alaska this October
James R | On 02, Oct 2019
Looking For Alaska, a new series based on John Green’s award-winning coming-of-age novel of the same name, will debut exclusively on BBC Three this October.
Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) stars in the eight-part drama as teenager Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter, who enrols in boarding school, escaping his safe and uneventful world in an attempt to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth) and finds a group of loyal friends, but after an unexpected tragedy, they must attempt to make sense of what they have been through.
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition at the BBC, says: “Looking For Alaska is a really beautifully realised coming-of-age story. We are delighted to be premiering such a thought-provoking, humorous and poignant drama on BBC Three.”
Froseth (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser and The Society) and Plummer (All The Money In The World) are joined on screen by Denny Love (Empire), Jay Lee (American Vandal), Landry Bender (Fuller House), Sofia Vassilieva (Medium), Uriah Shelton (13 Reasons Why), Jordan Connor (Riverdale), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Timothy Simons (Veep).
Released in 2005, the novel has sold millions of copies worldwide, is a New York Times best seller, a USA Today best seller, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time.
Released on Hulu in the US, the series is a Paramount Television and Fake Empire production and was adapted for television by Josh Schwartz, with Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as executive producers alongside Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, John Green, and Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill. Fake Empire exec Lis Rowinski is co-executive producer and Sarah Adina Smith (Hanna and Legion) directed the first episode.
Following huge anticipation for the series – with the trailer amassing nearly 7 million views in just two weeks – UK viewers will be able to enjoy all episodes as a box set on BBC iPlayer from 10am on 19th October.