Rivals David Tennant as Lord Tony Baddingham

Rivals – teaser trailer and more images

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Big hair and bad behaviour in the ruthless world of 1980s independent television. 

Updated 27/06/24: Hulu and Disney+ drop the first teaser for Rivals.

While the show is still living in the nebulous realm of “coming soon”, Hulu and Disney+ have released a first taste of what’s to come in its upcoming drama Rivals.

Based on the novel by Jully Cooper, the show promises a host of famous faces and plenty of melodrama both on and off screen…

The teaser introduces the show’s main players to the strains of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love.

Further Images

There’s also a second wave of character images too. They include…

Rivals - Emily Atack & Oliver Chris
Emily Atack as Sarah Stratton, Oliver Chris as James Vereker (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners) and Oliver Chris (The Crown) as television presenters Sarah Stratton and James Vereker.

Rivals - Claire Rushbrook
Claire Rushbrook as Lady Monica Baddingham (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Claire Rushbrook (Sherwood) as Lady Monica Baddingham.

Rivals - Luke Pasqualino
Luke Pasqualino as Baz Baddingham (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Luke Pasqualino (Skins, Our Girl) as Baz Baddingham.

Rivals - Danny Dyer & Lisa McGrillis
Danny Dyer & Lisa McGrillis as Freddie & Valerie Jones (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Danny Dyer (EastEnders) and Lisa McGrills (Maternal) as Freddie and Valerie Jones.

As we said, Rivals is still billed as coming soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Original article (of 14/05/24) continues…

Rivals – first look at David Tennant in the Jilly Cooper adaptation

Expect sex, lies and videotape in the world of 1980s independent television. 

Disney+ have revealed a crop of first-look images for Rivals.

The forthcoming six-part drama, based on the novel by Jilly Cooper, explores the shocking antics of the power-grabbing social elite of 1980s England as it delves headfirst into the ruthless world of independent television in 1986.

Here are the first images of the runners and riders in Rivals:

Rivals - Alex Hasell as Rupert Campbell-Black
Alex Hasell as Rupert Campbell-Black (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Alex Hassell (The Boys) stars as the dashing ex-Olympian, Member of Parliament, incorrigible rake, and dangerously charismatic Rupert Campbell-Black.

Rivals David Tennant as Lord Tony Baddingham
David Tennant as Lord Tony Baddingham (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

David Tennant (Doctor Who) plays Lord Tony Baddingham, controller of Corinium Television and Rupert’s single-mindedly ambitious and egotistical adversary.

Rivals - Aidan Turner as Declan O'Hara
Aidan Turner as Declan O’Hara (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Aidan Turner (Poldark) is journalist and TV presenter Declan O’Hara, who becomes caught in the crossfire of the long-simmering feud between Rupert and Tony.

Rivals - Nafessa Williams as Cameron Cook
Nafessa Williams as Cameron Cook (c) Happy Prince/Disney+

Nafessa Williams (Black Lightning) is Cameron Cook. A ferociously talented American TV executive, she is brought to England by Tony to produce Declan’s new prime-time talk show.

Rivals - Katherine Parkinson as Lizzie Vereker
Katherine Parkinson as Lizzie Vereker (c) Happy Prince / Disney+

Katherine Parkinson (Here We Go) plays Lizzie Vereker, a romantic novelist suffering from a distinct lack of romance in her life.

Rivals - Bella Maclean as Taggie O’Hara
Bella Maclean as Taggie O’Hara (c) Happy Prince / Disney+

Bella Maclean (Sex Education) is Taggie O’Hara. Declan’s tender-hearted yet strong-willed eldest daughter becomes an unexpected temptation for Rupert.

The wider cast of Rivals

The drama also features Emily Atack, Catriona Chandler, Oliver Chris, Danny Dyer, Rufus Jones, Lisa McGrillis, Luke Pasqualino, Claire Rushbrook and Victoria Smurfit.

Rivals emerges from a writers room led by Dominic Treadwell-Collins (A Very English Scandal) and Laura Wade (The Riot Club). The team includes Sophie Goodhart, Marek Horn, Mimi Hare & Clare Naylor, Dare Aiyegbayo, Kefi Chadwick, Tray Agyeman and Sorcha Kurien.

The lead director is Elliot Hegarty (Ted Lasso), alongside Dee Koppang O’Leary (The Crown) and Alexandra Brodski (Somewhere Boy). Eliza Mellor (The Midwich Cuckoos) serves as Series Producer.

Rivals comes from Happy Prince, part of ITV Studios. The show will land on Hulu in the US, and Disney+ elsewhere, later in 2024.