Olivia Colman and Sheridan Smith cast in new drama

Olivia Colman and Sheridan Smith will play love rivals in a new BBC drama, 'The 7.39', which has been written by 'One Day' author David Nicholls

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Olivia Colman and Sheridan Smith will play love rivals in a new BBC drama.

The two actresses will star alongside David Morrissey and Sean Maguire in two-part romance 'The 7:39'.

The programme, which has been written by 'One Day' author David Nicholls, tells the story of a man and woman who meet on their morning commuter train, changing their lives forever.

Sheridan plays Sally Thorn, who has moved to the suburbs and is ready to settle down with her fiance Ryan (Maguire), though she is unsure if he is right for her - and her life gets more interesting when she meets Carl Matthews (Morrissey).

Carl is bored by his life with college sweetheart Maggie (Colman) and their two children, and worries life has become too predictable.

Writer David said: "'The 7.39' is an all-out, no-holds-barred love story for grown-ups.

"It's the sort of drama that has not been seen on television for quite a while. I'm delighted to be writing for the BBC again and working with such a terrific cast and production team."

BBC bosses are delighted with the drama, and promised audiences it will be "laugh-out-loud funny and emotionally agonising."

BBC Drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson said: "I'm bowled over by the award-winning and stellar cast in 'The 7.39'.

"But it's perhaps no surprise given the wonderful scripts by Nicholls, in his first TV drama since 'One Day' became a world-wide phenomenon.

"Like that novel, 'The 7.39' is laugh-out-loud funny, painfully truthful, emotionally agonising and brilliantly British."

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