Back to Life

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  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (6,251)

Back to Life is a British comedy-drama TV series that premiered on BBC Three in 2019. It stars Daisy Haggard as Miri Matteson, a woman who returns to her small coastal town of Hythe in Kent after serving an 18-year prison sentence. However, her attempt to reintegrate into society proves to be a lot more challenging than she thought it would be.

Throughout the six-episode series, we see Miri trying to navigate through the various obstacles that come with being a convicted felon. She struggles to find employment, housing, and acceptance from her former friends and neighbors, who are still haunted by the crime she committed as a teenager.

Despite the unpleasant reception she receives from some of the people in the town, Miri remains optimistic and determined to start over. She moves back in with her parents (played by Geraldine James and Richard Durden) and begins attending group therapy sessions. There, she meets others who have also been released from prison and is able to form new relationships.

While the show deals with serious issues like guilt, shame, and redemption, it also has plenty of humor and heart. Daisy Haggard delivers a fantastic performance as Miri, a flawed but likable character who is simply trying to move on from her past mistakes. Her chemistry with the rest of the cast is excellent, especially with her parents, who are both hilarious and endearing in their own unique ways.

One of the show's strengths is its ability to balance the darker aspects of the story with lighter moments that add levity and charm. The show also has a distinctive visual style, with beautiful shots of the seaside town and clever editing that enhances the humor and drama.

The supporting cast is also notable, including Miri's new friend Billy (Adeel Akhtar), who becomes one of her closest allies in the town, and her former classmate Caroline (Geraldine Somerville), who has a complicated history with Miri.

Overall, Back to Life is a refreshing and engaging series that tackles a difficult subject matter with sensitivity and humor. It presents a nuanced portrayal of a woman trying to rebuild her life after being incarcerated and explores themes of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances. The show has received critical acclaim for its unique tone and outstanding performances, especially from lead actress Daisy Haggard.

Back to Life is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on April 15, 2019.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
August 31, 2021
Knowing she must go to the police, Miri's final day with Billy is interrupted by his domineering mother.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 31, 2021
With the former police chief still missing, Miri takes her driving test. Oscar enlists Dom to help with his environmental activism.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
August 31, 2021
A series of disasters threaten to derail Miri's first date with Billy. Caroline & Oscar find a visitor on their doorstep and must finally reckon with Caroline's affair.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
August 31, 2021
While the town prepares for Lara's vigil, Miri is unwittingly taken to meet Billy's family for the first time, and attempts to reinvent herself.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
August 31, 2021
Between modern day sex and bank accounts, Miri is once again baffled by the world today as she navigates both her new job and her budding relationship with Billy.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 31, 2021
Miri is moving on with her life with a new job and a date with Billy, but her past returns to trouble her with the arrival of a surprise visitor.
Where to Watch Back to Life
Back to Life is available for streaming on the BBC Three website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Back to Life on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 15, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (6,251)