Express: My Brilliant Friend on HBO: How is the book different to the series?

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is currently airing on HBO and Sky Atlantic. But how is the series different from the Elena Ferrante book the show is based on?

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Samuel Spencer – Nov 20, 2018

HBO is currently airing its adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2012 book My Brilliant Friend. The series is currently airing on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. But how is the novel of My Brilliant Friend different from the HBO and Sky Atlantic series?

How is the My Brilliant Friend book different from the series?

So far, the series has been remarkably faithful to the book.

Like the novel, the first episode of My Brilliant Friend begins with a prologue that shows the older version of Elena Greco (played by Elisabetta De Palo) receiving a call from Lina’s son Rino saying that Elena’s old friend Lina (Gaia Grace and Ludovica Nasti) has gone missing.

This leads Elena to start writing about her history with Lila.

In the first episode, we see their early school days as they meet in school and bond when they throw each other’s dolls into the basement of the terrifying Don Achille Carracci (Antonio Pennarella).

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Express: My Brilliant Friend on HBO cast: Who is in the cast of My Brilliant Friend?

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND started on HBO this week bring the renowned Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante to the screen. Here’s a look at the cast.

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Emma Nolan, Nov 21 2018

New Italian-language miniseries My Brilliant Friend premiered this week on HBO and SkyAtlantic. The drama is an adaptation of the beloved Neapolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante. A coming of age story, the eight-episode series follows a friendship between two young girls in Naples in the 1950s.

The synopsis from HBO reads: “When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.”

Both Elena and Lila are portrayed as children and teenagers.

So there are two actors playing each character at the different stages in their lives.

All four actresses are complete newcomers with My Brilliant Friend being their first acting roles ever.

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Express: My Brilliant Friend on HBO location: Where is My Brilliant Friend filmed?

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND starts tonight on Sky Atlantic and has already started airing on HBO but where is the drama series filmed? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Molli Mitchell, Nov 19, 2018

My Brilliant Friend comes from American network HBO. It is an adaption of Elena’s Ferrante’s bestselling novel of the same name. It is the first of four novels in the Neapolitan Novels series that are being adapted for TV. The drama series aired last night (Sunday, November 18) on HBO and premieres tonight on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

There are eight episodes in the series and each instalment is 50 minutes long.

Episodes will air every Sunday and Monday in America on HBO at 9pm and every Monday and Tuesday in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.Viewers can also watch My Brilliant Friend on NOW TV. You can subscribe to the streaming service for £7.99 after a two-week free trial.

My Brilliant friend is a Neapolitan-language miniseries. Here’s everything you need to know about where it was set and filmed.

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