Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)


  • TV sitcom
  • Apple TV+
  • 2020 - 2022
  • 24 episodes (3 series)

Comedy about a young couple planning to adopt a baby. Stars Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton, Darren Boyd, Phil Davis and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Nikki And Jason

Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)
Nikki and Jason are devastated when they're told they'll never conceive a child. Understandably heartbroken, as more of their friends have children the couple begin to look at the possibilities of adoption.

Broadcast details

Friday 1st May 2020
Apple TV+
28 minutes, 44 seconds


Cast & crew

Rafe Spall Jason Ross
Esther Smith Nikki Newman
Phil Davis Vic
Ophelia Lovibond Erica
Oliver Chris Freddie
Paula Wilcox Sandra
Robyn Cara Jen
Guest cast
Mariam Haque Doctor
Yasmine Holness-Dove Olivia
Andrea Hall Social Worker
Ava Talbot Lauren
Peter Bramhill Man with Phone
Writing team
Andy Wolton Writer
Production team
Jim O'Hanlon Director
Chris Sussman Producer
Emma Lawson Producer
Andy Wolton Executive Producer
Jim O'Hanlon Associate Producer
Joel Stokes Line Producer
Joe Randall-Cutler Editor
John Stevenson Production Designer
Rachel Freck Casting Director
Arthur Mulhern Director of Photography
Ros Little Costume Designer
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Guy Garvey Composer
Pete Jobson (as Peter Jobson) Composer
Paul Saunderson Composer
Alexa Galea Graphics
Tim Mannion 1st Assistant Director


Review: Trying, Apple TV+

Apple TV+'s first British original comedy is an interesting one. It both plays it very safe, with its cosy thirtysomething Camden Town environment and also goes into some unusual territory as it deals with a young couple going through the difficult process of adopting.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 1st May 2020

Trying review

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith are brilliant as the couple considering adoption - and rising above the absurdities of their painful plight.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 1st May 2020

Trying review

Super charming adoption comedy is an instant Apple TV+ delight.

Steve Greene, IndieWire, 1st May 2020

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