How to watch Conversations with Friends online: stream all episodes of the new Sally Rooney adaptation now

Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver in Conversations with Friends
(Image credit: Hulu/BBC)

Sally Rooney's debut novel, Conversation with Friends, finally gets its chance in the limelight as the adaptation arrives on streaming services around the world. Created by the award-winning team behind the lockdown phenomenon Normal People, it's set to be another breakaway success for small screen drama. Starring new-comer Alison Oliver, as well as Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, and Jemima Kirke, here's our guide on how to watch Conversations with Friends online from anywhere right now.

Watch Conversations with Friends online

Premiered: Sunday, May 15

Director: Leanne Welham, Lenny Abrahamson

Cast: Sasha Lane, Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke

FREE stream: BBC iPlayer (UK)

International streams: Hulu (US) | Prime Video (CA, Aus)

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In classic Rooney style, Conversations with Friends details a tantalizing but altogether messy snapshot of human disposition when it comes to love and relationships. Frances (Oliver) and Bobbi (Lane) are university students, best friends, and former lovers who end up meeting married couple Melissa (Kirke) and Nick (Alwyn) at one of their spoken word performances.

While Bobbi and Melissa engage in a seemingly harmless flirtation, what spirals behind closed doors is an entangled and intense affair between Frances and Nick.

Confronting the concept of monogamy, chronic illness, and the journey of knowing one's self in your early-twenties, Conversations with Friends promises another equally as intimate and compelling series that fans of Sally Rooney novels and Normal People alike will relish. Make sure you know how to watch Conversations with Friends online, including a free stream on BBC iPlayer.

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Watch Conversations with Friends online for FREE

100% free to watch

The adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel is 100% free to watch in the UK. 

All twelve episodes arrived on BBC iPlayer on May 15, with the option to also catch episodes on linear TV channel BBC Three in the coming weeks with the schedule below.

BBC iPlayer is free to watch with a valid TV licence, and the streaming service works across a huge array of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Roku, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Not in the UK right now?

Use a VPN to watch Conversations with Friends on BBC iPlayer from anywhere.

By using a VPN you can access all the services you rely on from anywhere. Plus, it’ll keep your private information secure online too. 

  • Episode 1: May 15, 10pm BST
  • Episode 2: May 15, 10.30pm BST
  • Episode 3: May 16, 10pm BST
  • Episode 4: May 22, 10pm BST
  • Episode 5: May 23, 10pm BST
  • Episode 6: May 24, 10pm BST
  • Episode 7: May 29, 10pm BST
  • Episode 8: May 30, 10pm BST
  • Episode 9: May 31, 10pm BST

How to watch Conversations with Friends online from outside your country

If you’re abroad when Conversations with Friends episodes drop, you won't be able to watch the show as you normally would at home thanks to annoying regional restrictions.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream it online no matter where you are. It's a simple bit of software that changes your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV as if you were at home.

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location (a server in the UK in this case)

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to BBC iPlayer and start watching Conversations with Friends as if you were back at home

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Watch Conversations with Friends on Hulu in the US

Sunday, May 15

Developed by both BBC Three and Hulu, all twelve episodes arrived on Sunday, May 15 on Hulu with the option to watch from start to finish at your leisure.

Hulu plans and prices start from just $6.99 a month with new customers able to benefit from a 30-day Hulu free trial.

To get the ultimate value, though, bag the Disney Plus bundle from just $13.99 a month, which gives you Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus all in one and provides loads of great film and TV content in addition to live sports.

Of course, you can watch Conversations with Friends on nearly anything, with the Hulu app available for: Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV devices, select smart TVs and Android TVs, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, PC and Roku streamers.


Watch Conversations with Friends online in Canada

Monday, May 16

Amazon Prime Video has picked up the rights to the second instalment of Sally Rooney angst in international markets, with Conversation with Friends arriving on the platform on Monday, May 16. All twelve episodes were made available at the same time.

New and returning customers can benefit from a 30-day free trial. Thereafter an Amazon Prime Video subscription costs AU$6.99 a month of $59 annually.

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Watch Conversations with Friends online in Australia

Monday, May 16

Down Under, Amazon Prime Video will also be the place to watch Conversation with Friends on Monday, May 16 with all twelve episodes available to stream.

New and returning customers can benefit from a 30-day free trial. Thereafter an Amazon Prime Video subscription costs AU$6.99 a month of $59 annually.

Sasha Lane and Alison Oliver as Bobbi and Frances in Conversation with Friends

(Image credit: BBC/Hulu)

Conversations with Friends release date

The Sally Rooney adaptation dropped onto Hulu and BBC iPlayer respectively on Sunday, May 15. In Canada and Australia, Amazon Prime Video is the place to watch Conversations with Friends and arrived a day later on the platform on Monday, May 16.

Conversations with Friends cast

  • Frances: Alison Oliver
  • Bobbi: Sasha Lane
  • Nick: Joe Alwyn
  • Melissa: Jemima Kirke

Conversations with Friends trailer

Alice Marshall
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Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max, and VPN. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.