Where can I watch Marriage? Nicola Walker new BBC drama release date and cast confirmed

Marriage is a new drama starring Nicola Walker as fans want to know when it starts.

Nicola Walker and Sean Bean, Where can I watch Marriage BBC
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Nicola Walker returns to screens in a new BBC drama playing the wife lead in a 30-year marriage that's had its ups and downs as fans ask where can I watch Marriage?

This four-part series filmed in Hertfordshire (opens in new tab) and written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski (Him and Her, Mum), has Nicola (star of Last Tango in Halifax, The Split (opens in new tab), Unforgotten (opens in new tab)) play the role of Emma, opposite Sean Bean (Time, Broken, Game of Thrones) who plays Ian. 

Viewers will witness their insecurities, the ambiguities, the hopes and the fears that are part of all marriages, as the drama explores the risks and the gifts of a long-term intimate relationship. 

Described as "Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always revealing" we look at all you need to know ahead of the upcoming show...

Where can I watch Marriage BBC?

Marriage is a new BBC One drama starring Nicola Walker and fans can watch it on BBC One and BBC iPlayer starting 14th August at 9pm. As soon as the first episode has aired, all four episodes will be available to binge watch in one go if you wish. Here's the episode synopsis...

  • Episode One - Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker) get back from their holiday in Spain and return to their normal lives. Ian has recently been made redundant and is beginning to adapt to his new existence. Emma is doing well at work and trying to balance that with Ian’s feelings. Their daughter Jessica (Chantelle Alle) brings her boyfriend Adam (Jack Holden) round to meet them.
  • Episode Two - Ian (Sean Bean) continues his job search with no success. Meanwhile, Emma (Nicola Walker) is excited to find she has the opportunity to go to a work conference, where she might get contacts for her business idea. She’s nervous of telling Ian, but when Ian meets Emma’s boss and hears about the conference through him, he confronts her. Emma's father (James Bolam) interrupts their anniversary plans, meanwhile Jessica (Chantelle Alle) has an argument with Adam (Jack Holden) and looks for a way out.
  • Episode Three - Emma (Nicola Walker) attends the conference with Jamie (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) as Ian (Sean Bean) waits at home and wonders what she’s up to. Jessica (Chantelle Alle) meets a new friend who could be something more.
  • Episode Four - Jessica (Chantelle Alle) moves home and Ian (Sean Bean) gets to spend some time with her. Jamie (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) receives an unexpected visitor and Emma (Nicola Walker) decides to tell him and her father some truths.

You can watch the official trailer below...

Marriage BBC drama cast

The cast of Marriage, the new BBC drama features Nicola Walker as Emma, Sean Bean, as Ian. Plus Chantelle Alle (Mood, We Are Lady Parts), as Ian and Emma's daughter Jessica, James Bolam (New Tricks, The Likely Lads) as Emma’s father Gerry, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners, Killing Eve, Ragdoll) as Emma's boss Jamie.

Speaking about playing the role of Ian, Sean said, "Ian is a man who isn’t very sure of himself and not very confident. He used to be when he had a job and was in a relatively a high up position. He was a moderator at his firm but that’s gone and he’s recently lost his mother. Emma is working and going places. Then there’s a younger man on the scene [Jamie] so when you add them all together, he’s quite suspicious. Ian is a very vulnerable and unsettled man and lots of little things begin to stir up into a big pot of worry!"

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Meanwhile Nicola revealed what makes them laugh off camera, "There are times we have laughed a lot off camera when I’ve made about 30 sandwiches for one scene and boiled the kettle 28 times but they are simple actions you do every day.. It’s all in the detail, it’s very revealing. Those mundane every day details!"

She recalled, "My most memorable scene was applying cream to Sean Bean’s thigh area. It was a beautiful moment and one that I never expected as Ian had a nasty rash! It was a tremendous day in my professional career. Luckily it was in a tasteful position for camera!"

Where can I watch Marriage BBC

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Show creator Stefan added, “It's amazing to get to work with Sean Bean and Nicola Walker in Marriage. They're actors of such depth, truth and warmth..."

And revealed what inspired the show, "Seeing the world full of beautiful things where people fall in love and then do their best to be together. I think there’s something really gorgeous about humans and worth celebrating."

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.