Star of new BBC drama talks replacing the Line of Duty ‘void’ ‘Big shoes to fill’

The Pursuit of Love: Alex Jones compares show to Bridgerton

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Speaking on The One Show to presenters Alex Jones and Ronan Keating, Emily, who plays Fanny Logan in the BBC drama set to start on Sunday, addressed the void left after last week’s concluding episode of Line of Duty aired, and viewers finally found out the answers to some long-running questions. The Pursuit of Love itself is more akin to popular Netflix show Bridgerton, and Emily told viewers all about the period drama and her character.

Alex said: “The show has got a brilliant, brilliant cast, and fills the shoes of Line of Duty which finished last Sunday – big shoes to fill.

“What can you tell us about this new drama then?” Emily replied: “Well, Nancy Mitford [author of the Pursuit of Love] is an incredible and very interesting and subversive and satirical writer.

“And it’s such a pleasure to have been able to film it and also to show people this.

“It’s really extraordinary. It’s set in the interwar period and focuses on the friendship of two characters, Linda and Fanny and their free will from their childhood, teens, into adulthood.

Ronan added: “The show focuses on your character and her fascination with her best friend, played by Lily James.

“It’s safe to say the two girls are on a quest to find love – how do you girls go about it?”

“They both go about it in different ways,” Emily said. “Fanny is much more careful and observational and she’s the narrator of the show.

“And Linda is very passionate and she throws herself into these all-consuming romances.”

The presenters touched upon the hugely successful Netflix period drama Bridgerton, and peoples’ fascination with these kinds of shows.

“Bridgerton has been really popular this year hasn’t it?” Alex asked.

“There seems to be a bit of a renaissance when it comes to period dramas. People are enjoying them again, why do you think that is?”

“I think perhaps it’s the element of escapism,” the actress replied.

“It’s so lovely to be transported into this other time and the rich costumes. But also I think there’s been quite a modern twist to a lot of them, I think it’s really nice to bridge that gap in time and make it feel really relatable.”

The new highly-anticipated series also stars Dominic West and is an adaption of Nancy Mitford’s novel of the same name, which was first published in 1945.

The drama is set during the interwar period, November 1918 until September 1939 and ends around the time of the Blitz.

If the events of the novel are anything to go by, Linda and her husband Christain will travel to France to work with Spanish refugees in Perpignan during the Spanish Civil War.

The original novel also addresses the London Blitz and Fanny, Louisa (Beattie Edmondson) and their children are living at Alconleigh, along with Matthew (Dominic West), Sadie (Dolly Wells), Emily, Davey, the Bolter (Emily Mortimer) and her new lover Juan. Linda’s house is bombed and she travels to stay with her family at Alconleigh.

Line of Duty has certainly left a gap to be filled, with the latest episode of series six drawing in a whopping 12.8 million overnight viewers.

For the past seven weeks, fans have been glued to their screens on a Sunday evening as they awaited answers to the many mysteries of the show.

The last episode proved to be controversial, with viewers finding the ending “underwhelming”, but the series creator Jed Mercurio hasn’t given much away about potential plans for another series.

Replacing the cop drama, The Pursuit of Love starts on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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