Years and Years (2019– )
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Episode #1.3 

Daniel uses his birthday party to reveal a dangerous plan. And as Viv Rook rises to power, the Lyons gather for a funeral. But Celeste is left to fight alone as Bethany's obsession.


Simon Cellan Jones


Russell T. Davies (creator), Russell T. Davies




Episode credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Vivienne Rook
Rory Kinnear ... Stephen Lyons
Russell Tovey ... Daniel Lyons
Jessica Hynes ... Edith Lyons
Anne Reid ... Muriel Deacon
Sharon Duncan-Brewster ... Fran Baxter
Sue Devaney Sue Devaney ... Barbara Hopkins
Maxim Baldry ... Viktor Goraya
Ruth Madeley ... Rosie Lyons
T'Nia Miller ... Celeste Bisme-Lyons
Lydia West ... Bethany Bisme-Lyons
Zita Sattar ... Yvonne Bukhari
Julie Peasgood ... Julie Peasgood
Jade Alleyne ... Ruby Bisme-Lyons
Andrew Byron ... Ukrainian Police


Stephen and Celeste try to rebuild their shattered lives. But Daniel's world turns to terror when Viktor has to flee from Kiev, and Daniel uses his birthday party at Muriel's to reveal his dangerous plan to family and friends. Rosie loses her job, while Edith's former life as an activist calls her back into action on a secret mission. But the Lyons children are united when they discover that their long-absent father, Vincent, has died. They attend the funeral and face many home truths, on the day of the General Election that sees Viv Rook rising to power. Back at home, Celeste is left alone to cope, as Bethany's obsessions lead her into terrible danger. Written by Sachin

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Drama | Sci-Fi






English | Ukrainian | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Episode 1 contained a reference to the Soviet army (even though the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991). This episode explains that Russia has returned to Communist rule, which would explain the use of the word 'Soviet'. See more »


Vivienne Rook: [On the election day of 2026, after results have been known and it was clear that there wasn't any way to govern without Vivienne Rook] I will not, I will not form a pact with the Tories. I will not form a pact with Labour. Instead, for every vote in the House of Commons, they can come to me. Can come to me and I will decide.
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Episode 3
28 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I can understand RTD wanting to write a state of the nation piece and highlighting a middle class family.

After all when things go rough, the middle classes tend to be unaffected outside of the margins. Here RTD does not leave them unscathed.

Stephen Lyons has lost everything including his home. He has to move in with his grandmother and now works in the gig economy to make ends meet. His wife Celeste also has several jobs but their relationship is not as rosy as it used to be.

Come to think of it. The Lyons family are not really that likeable and really a bit dim. Daniel cares more about the plight of his boyfriend and belatedly realises that his sister is an expert in how to get Viktor out of the Ukraine.

However I do have issues as to how Vivienne Rook is being treated here. I understand he wants to chart the rise of some kind of monstrous politician who breaks the rules. However RTD gets the basic facts wrong as to how the arithmetic of a parliamentary election works as well as electoral law. You cannot claim having your own channel puts you outside the boundary of UK election laws.

The trans-human story does not work at all. In the first episode it was supposed to be the mind leaving the body, not it being augmented to be some kind of cyborg.

I hate to say this, but I found the writing to be sloppy in the third episode and just a little bit dull.

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