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


  • TV sitcom
  • Apple TV+
  • 2020 - 2024
  • 32 episodes (4 series)

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

  • Returns on Wednesday 22nd May on Apple TV+ with Series 4, Episode 1
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 377

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Series 2, Episode 1 - A Nice Boy

Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall), Thomas the Vicar (Sid Sagar), Erica (Ophelia Lovibond), Freddie (Oliver Chris)
Nikki and Jason have been approved to adopt but they are finding the matching process a challenge. How do you choose your child from an online photo? Eccentric social worker Penny thinks she has some inside info that could get them ahead. Meanwhile newly separated Erica and Freddy fall out at the christening of their son and it's left to Nikki and Jason to mediate.

Broadcast details

Friday 21st May 2021
Apple TV+
27 minutes, 53 seconds


Cast & crew

Rafe Spall Jason Ross
Esther Smith Nikki Newman
Imelda Staunton Penny Wootton
Darren Boyd Scott Filbert
Ophelia Lovibond Erica
Oliver Chris Freddie
Robyn Cara Jen
Sian Brooke Karen Newman
Guest cast
Yasmine Holness-Dove Olivia
Ava Talbot Lauren
Fola Evans-Akingbola Harper
Sid Sagar Thomas the Vicar
Georgia Maguire Eleanor
Robert Goodman Man on Boat
Writing team
Andy Wolton Writer
Sophie Williams Script Editor
Izzy Mant Story Producer
Production team
Jim O'Hanlon Director
Sam Pinnell Producer
Andy Wolton Executive Producer
Jim O'Hanlon Executive Producer
Josh Cole Executive Producer
Tim Mannion Co-producer
Georgia Collins (as Georgia Hogan) Line Producer
Mark Thornton Editor
John Stevenson Production Designer
Rachel Freck Casting Director
Arthur Mulhern Director of Photography
Jessica Fell (as Jessie Fell) Costume Designer
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Paul Saunderson Composer
Maisie Peters Composer
Joe Rubel Composer
Alexa Galea Graphics
Sam Smith 1st Assistant Director


Trying Series 2 review

With Esther Smith and Rafe Spall back in delightful form, it would be hard to find a better pair to build a heartwarming comedy around.

Steve Greene, IndieWire, 21st May 2021

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