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Paramount+ Commissions The Road Trip


Paramount+ has greenlit The Road Trip, based on the best-selling book by Beth O’Leary.

Emma Appleton (The Killing Kind, Everything I Know About Love), Laurie Davidson (Mary & George, Guilty Party) and David Jonsson (Rye Lane, Industry) are set to star. The romantic comedy asks whether or not there is ever a future in returning to a past love.

42 is producing the 6×45-minute series in association with PTIS, the international studio division of Paramount Global. The Road Trip was commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, deputy chief content officer for the U.K., and is his second 42 commission following the global success of its adaptation of Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare, which launched last year.

Cardwell said: “We saw brilliant success across the globe with The Flatshare, and we are thrilled to be working with 42 again on adapting another of Beth’s much-loved and best-selling novels. The Road Trip is the perfect addition to our expanding drama slate on Paramount+ and I can’t wait to see this incredible cast bring these characters to life.”

Miriam Brent, Rory Aitken and Eleanor Moran, executive producers at 42, commented: “We are so excited to be setting off on The Road Trip. It’s a unique privilege to be trusted with a second Beth O’Leary bestseller, and Ryan and Matilda have done an extraordinary job of translating the hilarious and poignant narrative to the screen. With the brilliant China Moo Young in the driving seat as lead director and such a wonderful cast, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!”

O’Leary said: “I am so thrilled to finally be able to shout about this news! 42 and Paramount+ were the dream team behind The Flatshare series, so it’s wonderful to know that The Road Trip is in such safe, skilled hands. From my very first glimpse at an early script for this show, I knew it was going to be something really special, and now that we have our incredible cast lined up, I just cannot wait to see The Road Trip brought to life.”

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