Destinations: where was ‘Conversations with Friends’ recorded?

Lto the long-awaited television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel, Conversations with Friends, airs Sunday (May 15). This is a continuation of the successful adaptation of normal people.

The new 12-part series is the film version of Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut novel of the same name, which actually came out a year before normal people. It stars Joe Alwyn from The Favorite and Jemima Kirke of sex education YGirls, alongside newcomers Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane.

The book centers on a tangled “love quartet” of main characters (Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa) who meet in Dublin before embarking on a pivotal journey to a villa in Brittany, northern France, where the plot unravels. heats up.

The television premiere of normal people fired off a search for Italian villas and wild Irish seaside spots after showcasing a getaway to Trieste and the windswept beaches of County Sligo.

For Conversations with Friendsthe producers took the cast to Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Mediterranean, with some enticing shots of a posh villa also appearing in clips from the trailer.

So where was the TV series filmed? This is what we know.


The same as normal people, part of the plot focuses on characters who meet at Trinity College Dublin, where author Sally Rooney studied herself. So it’s no surprise that the city and the university are featured in the TV show, where Frances is seen studying in the Berkeley library and students walk across Parliament Square, as well as appearing in one of the lecture rooms. Elsewhere in the series, Frances is seen living on Hardwicke Street in the city centre, in contrast to Nick and Melissa’s wealthy apartment in the Irish capital’s Monkstown neighbourhood.

The group of friends also go swimming while in Ireland, a moment that Jemima Kirke told the BBC was the hardest part of filming for her. “Getting into the water was a challenge for me. I had to recite multiple mantras in my head and have a cheer squad behind me as I walked. I think one of the mantras was, ‘You can do hard things,’ and I did. When I came out, being done was such a good feeling.”


Intriguing publicity shots of the cast on rocky fronts and pebbly beaches were released in February, causing travel fans to wonder if another European country would replace Brittany in the TV series. Sure enough, it turns out that the series had moved the summer vacation action to Croatia, on the country’s Hvar island, to be exact. The beautiful patch of Adriatic is reached by ferry from the coastal cities of Dubrovnik or Split, and tourists flock every summer for its quaint, red-roofed old town and glamorous waterfront scenery.

To get the full effect, explore the picturesque old town, Stari Grad, with its beautiful cream-colored riverbank and vine-covered houses. fans of game of Thrones will recognize the historic architecture of the island from the series. The trailers of Conversations with Friends they also show a sun-kissed modern design villa where Frances takes a sundowner bath, so we can look forward to adrenaline pumping in the elegant Croatian villas this summer.

County Antrim

Lead actor Joe Alwyn, better known as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend and occasional songwriter, told the BBC his favorite place was Ballycastle, on the coast of Northern Ireland’s County Antrim. “One that stands out was a scene we shot in Ballycastle, which was quite a long one between Nick and Frances,” Alwyn said.

“It was maybe one of my favorite scenes because even though it was a pretty heavy scene, it was really fun to do because we shot in a really nice pub. It was nice to be at Ballycastle and one of the first times we were able to not be on a set. It was nice to have a new energy, a good scene in a nice environment… and a good drink.” Co-star Alison Oliver agreed: “My favorite place to shoot is probably Ballycastle on the North Shore. The landscape there is extraordinary: it was nice to be in the field.”

Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Another thing that Conversations with Friends has in common with game of Thrones it’s his love of filming in Belfast: some of the city’s buildings and landmarks represent parts of Dublin in the new series, as well as appearing regularly in the fantasy epic. Her Queen’s University, the historic Lyric Theatre, and the independent No Alibis bookstore all appear in the series.

Conversations with Friends will premiere May 15 at 10pm on BBC Three

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