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Back to Life 

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After 18 years behind bars, Miri Matteson returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the claustrophobic coastal town she once knew in this half-hour comedy series.


Daisy Haggard
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Series cast summary:
Daisy Haggard ...  Miri Matteson 6 episodes, 2019
Geraldine James ...  Caroline 6 episodes, 2019
Richard Durden ...  Oscar 6 episodes, 2019
Liam Williams ...  Nathan 6 episodes, 2019
Jamie Michie ...  Dom 6 episodes, 2019
Adeel Akhtar ...  Billy 5 episodes, 2019
Christine Bottomley ...  Mandy 5 episodes, 2019
Frank Feys ...  Samuel 5 episodes, 2019
Imogen Gurney ...  Lara 5 episodes, 2019
Jo Martin ...  Janice 4 episodes, 2019
Souad Faress ...  Anna 3 episodes, 2019
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After 18 years behind bars, Miri Matteson returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the claustrophobic coastal town she once knew in this half-hour comedy series. 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 on that fateful night. Written by SHOWTIME

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British take on readjusting to 'normal' life after an 18 yr. prison sentence
13 November 2019 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Back to Life" (2019 release from the UK; 6 episodes of 30 min. each) brings the story of Miri, a woman in her late thirties who tries to adjust "back to life" after serving an 18 yr. prison term. As Episode 1 opens, we shift back and forth between a job interview Miri is doing (and trying to explain--or avoid to explain--the 18 year gap in her resume), and her release from prison, moving back home with her parents in the most awkward of ways (mom hurriedly takes away and hides the kitchen knives, etc.). At this point we are 10 min. into the first episode.

Couple of comments: this TV series is a labor of love from British actress Daisy Haggard (best known in the US for her role in several of the Harry Potter franchise of movies). Haggard created the series and of course stars as Mir. The premise of the series is a simple as can be: a woman tries to reintegrate into society after serving an 18 yr. prison term. It's in the execution of that premise that this series shines: things are far more awkward than we had imagined, even more so as this is set in a small coastal town (think: Bournemouth or Brighton) where everyone knows everyone. And then there is this: WHY did Miri serve such a long prison term? (That is eventually revealed in Episode 3.) Even though this is billed as a "comedy", there really aren't any "laugh out loud" moments. Instead it's a chuckle here and a chuckle there, as we feel empathy for Miri's difficulties on her road "back to life". Please note that "Back to Life" is a British series, and is correlating "Brit-heavy", which for some US viewers may be perplexing or even off-putting. I found it charming (but then again, I grew up in nearby Belgium).

"Back to Life" premiered in the UK this past Spring to critical acclaim, and this is now showing on Showtime (and available on VOD platforms). I have very much enjoyed this mini-series, including for all of its quirkiness and oddities. Haggard shines throughout, and gets great acting support. Here's hoping for a second season of this, as "Back to Life" is a WINNER.

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