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Be Right Back 

After learning about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased, a lonely, grieving Martha reconnects with her late lover.


Owen Harris


Charlie Brooker (creator), Charlie Brooker




Episode credited cast:
Hayley Atwell ... Martha
Domhnall Gleeson ... Ash
Claire Keelan ... Naomi
Sinead Matthews ... Sarah
Flora Nicholson ... Midwife
Glenn Hanning ... Delivery Man
Tim Delap ... Simon
Indira Ainger Indira Ainger ... Martha's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Fadil ... Christopher
Chris Wilson ... Paramedic


Martha is devastated when her partner Ash is killed in an accident the day they planned to move in together. At Ash's funeral, Martha's friend tells her of a new service which enables people to communicate with their (deceased) loved one. Martha is appalled, and decides to stay in the cottage despite her sister's view she is isolating herself. One day Martha gets a message from Ash, and she realises Sarah has signed her up for the service. Initially, Martha's displeased but, on finding she's pregnant, relents and soon begins communicating now and more with 'Ash'. With her comfort-level growing talking with the synthetic Ash, it isn't long before 'he' tells Martha about a 'next level' of communicating - one which will bring them truly closer. Written by don @ minifie-1 (updated by U.N. Owen)

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Ash: Just sharing that.
[he holds the photo of Ash as a boy]
Ash: Thought people might find it funny.
Martha: It's not funny; It's sweet.
Ash: Trust me; that day wasn't sweet... first family outing after Jack died... When I came down the next morning all Jack's photos were gone... she put them in the attic. It's how she dealt with stuff. And then when dad died, up went his photos to the attic. She just left this one here. Her only boy giving her a fake smile
Martha: She didn't know it was fake.
Ash: Maybe that makes it worse.
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Very Emotional
26 September 2018 | by jp281995See all my reviews

How far can technology take us? As far as, say, talking to a long-dead loved one on the phone, and even creating another physical version of him or her? Creepy, but the main character on this story did those.

This episode is really unsettling...and also very emotional and powerful. The acting by the main character is simply fantastic. Best episode since the pilot.

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11 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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