NEW COMEDY SERIES BACK TO LIFE LANDS ON SHOWTIME®
From The Producers Of Fleabag, The Six-Part Comedy SeriesCreated By and Starring Daisy Haggard, Premieres October 6
Photo: Luke Varley
LOS ANGELES – June 19, 2019 – SHOWTIME has ordered the critically acclaimed six episode comedy series BACK TO LIFE, from Fleabag producers Harry and Jack Williams and Daisy Haggard (EPISODES). Haggard plays Miri Matteson, who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the mystery of her past looms large. Created by Haggard and written by Haggard and Laura Solon, the series will premiere on SHOWTIME on Sunday October 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
“BACK TO LIFE is a gem of a series that we are thrilled to bring across the pond,” said Levine. “Daisy Haggard, whom SHOWTIME audiences will remember from our series EPISODES as Myra, the network comedy exec with absolutely no sense of humor, is wildly impressive, both as writer and star of this intriguing, touching and funny, character comedy.”
The series, which aired earlier this year on the BBC, follows Miri’s first few weeks out of prison navigating her way in a new world, trying (and frequently failing) to lead a normal life in her picturesque but claustrophobic seaside hometown. Miri attempts to rekindle old relationships, make new ones, look for work and readjust to life outside, while desperately waiting for the world to forget about what happened that fateful night. Guiding Miri as she tries to adapt are a cast of offbeat and intriguing characters with secrets of their own, including her sexually frustrated mother Caroline (Geraldine James), her obsessive environmentalist father Oscar (Richard Durden) and her parole officer with no filter, Janice (Jo Martin). We’ll also meet first love Dom (Jamie Michie), ex-best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley), next-door neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar) and fish and chips shop owner and new boss Nathan (Liam Williams).
BACK TO LIFE is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for BBC Three, UK in association with all3media international. The series is written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, produced by Debs Pisani and directed by Chris Sweeney. The executive producers are Harry and Jack Williams (Fleabag, The Missing) alongside Sarah Hammond for Two Brothers Pictures, and Daisy Haggard, Laura Solon and Chris Sweeney.
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When Miri Matteson returns home after eighteen years, she stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the shadow of her past looms large.
Miri is excited for her first day working at Nathan’s Fish & Chip shop, but the community isn’t taking kindly to her return.
Miri and her neighbor Billy escape to an amusement park for the day but Miri’s past continues to chase her. Meanwhile, Caroline attempts to end things with Dom for good.
Miri and her mother Caroline embark on a road trip to visit Oscar’s aunt. But, when an accident stalls them, they are forced to discuss how Caroline truly feels about Miri’s time in prison.
A terrible coincidence puts Miri back in the community’s firing line as she becomes the key suspect in a new crime. Caroline and Oscar attempt to revive their relationship.
After being locked in a cell once again, Miri gets out determined to tell her side of the story and to finally get the town on her side.