Created by Victor Levin (mad Men, Crazy for You) and starring Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson, Alice and Jack charts the on-again, off-again relationship between its titular couple over 15 years, showing love in all its messy, unexpected, and even funny moments. As Gleeson said during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour: “Being in love is the most unmundane thing; it’s the most exciting thing that can happen to you.”
That Alice and Jack about?
Financial executive Alice (Riseborough) and scientist Jack (Gleeson) share a deeply powerful connection from their first meeting. However, soon a deep trauma from Alice’s past leads her to reject Jack and the two separate.
But that separation is far from the end of their connection. Over the next 15 years, Alice and Jack cross paths again and again, and circumstances and personal imperfections always get in the way of their love. Will they ever be able to fully realize their relationship? Or are they condemned to remain apart?
“The world desperately needs stories about love in all its forms right now,” Levin said when Mashable asked about the show’s story similarities to Normal people and One day. “I think the more we can put out things that convey some kind of that message, the better.”
“(This is) a love between two people who cause a lot of trouble, and one of them who has been through a lot of trouble,” Riseborough explained. “These people still deserve to experience love, whether it seems conventional or not.”
Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson were the only choices for the characters of Jack and Alice.
Levin revealed at TCA that while writing Alice and Jack, you could only imagine Riseborough and Gleeson as the main characters. “Out of nine billion people, they are the two best people for the roles,” Levin said.
Riseborough and Gleeson have known each other for 15 years, which happens to be the same amount of time we’ve been following Alice and Jack’s relationship. According to Riseborough, this coincidence also helped inform his performances throughout Alice and JackThe long timeline. Join the couple in Alice and Jack are Aimee Lou Wood (Sex education), Aisling Bea (This way), and Sunil Patel (Love at first sight).