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David Tennant and Aidan Turner Lead 1980s Power Struggle in Hulu’s ‘Rivals’ Trailer

Set in the ruthless world of independent television in 1986, the upcoming Disney+ series “Rivals” is set to bring viewers a gripping tale of rivalry and ambition among English social elites. Based on Jilly Cooper’s bestselling novel “Rivals,” the show follows the intense competition between two powerful men, Rupert Campbell-Black and Tony Baddingham, played by Alex Hassell and David Tennant, respectively.

The series delves into the longstanding feud between Campbell-Black and Baddingham, portrayed by Aidan Turner, as their rivalry escalates to new heights of mercilessness. Turner’s character, Declan O’Hara, a sharp-witted TV presenter with a fiery temper, adds another layer of complexity to the story as he is lured to Corinium Television, controlled by Baddingham, from the BBC.

With an ensemble cast that includes familiar faces such as Nafessa Williams, Bella Maclean, Katherine Parkinson, and Victoria Smurfit, “Rivals” promises to deliver a compelling narrative filled with drama and intrigue. The show is part of Cooper’s acclaimed “Rutshire Chronicles,” known for its vivid portrayal of the British social elite and their intricate relationships.

Produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who has worked on projects like “A Very English Scandal,” and with Laura Wade as an executive producer and writer, “Rivals” boasts a talented team behind the scenes. The series is helmed by lead director Elliot Hegarty, known for his work on “Ted Lasso,” alongside Dee Koppang O’Leary and Alexandra Brodski. The writing team includes names like Sophie Goodhart, Marek Horn, and Dare Aiyegbayo, ensuring a rich and engaging storyline for viewers to enjoy.

While an official release date for “Rivals” has yet to be announced by Hulu and Disney+, the teaser trailer hints at a “coming soon” premiere, likely scheduled for later this summer or early fall. Fans eagerly anticipating the show can catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the teaser trailer, setting the stage for a thrilling exploration of power, rivalry, and ambition in the world of 1980s television.