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Back to Life

Back to Life

  • Premiered: 
    April 15, 2019
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  • Network: BBC3
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Laura Solon & Daisy Haggard 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Just released from prison after 18 years, and trying to nudge her way back into society, Miri Matteson is the ultimate adult beginner, determined to move on from her violent past. She's just arrived back in her home town, a place she no longer recognises, in the dysfunctional family home she involuntarily vacated as a teenager, living with the parents she can no longer hold a conversation with. But life post-prison is not proving easy. Her Tamagotchi has gone the same way as her idols George Michael, Bowie and Prince, her parents Caroline and Oscar are presenting a happy and united front, but the cracks are beginning to show, and Miri's attempt to reconnect with her teenage sweetheart Dom opens up a whole new can of worms. If only she could land a job it could be the ticket to a new life - but with no money and no driver's license Miri is forced to seek work in the small town that remembers her only for what she did all those years ago. To top things off there's chemistry bubbling between her and her new neighbor Billy: can she keep her past hidden from him? And who is this stranger in town who seems to be stalking Miri's every move? With the terrible truth of what happened all those years ago constantly threatening to surface, Miri's struggle to move on becomes ever more desperate. But in a small town where her crime was the biggest headline of the decade, will anyone ever let her? This half-hour comedy series had its U.S. premiere on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10-11pm ET/PT, as Showtime debuted back-to-back episodes.

The second season of BACK TO LIFE made its U.S. debut on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime, with a new episode airing each Monday through October 18. All six Season 2 episodes are available on that day to stream and on demand for subscribers on Showtime. Season 2 picks up three weeks after the Season 1 finale, and six weeks after Miri leaves prison. She is optimistic about her future. Her probation officer, Janice, has gotten her a trial shift at the supermarket, she and her neighbor Billy have been spending more time together, and she's found her hair crimper. However, Miri's not talking to her mother Caroline after the revelation that she was having an affair with Miri's ex-boyfriend Dom, and she'll need a lot of shifts at the supermarket before she can afford to move out. She's also avoiding her best friend Mandy after learning that Mandy's secret affair with Lara's father, John Boback led to Lara's death all those years ago. Things are about to get a whole lot worse with the arrival in Hythe of Lara's mother, Norah. Still grieving her daughter, it's clear her presence will ensure Miri cannot escape her past.
On Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT, Showtime aired the Season 2 finale of BACK TO LIFE. With still no word from Mandy, Miri realizes it's time to go to the police before they come to her. It could be her last morning of freedom and she wants to spend it with Billy -- until their farewell date gets interrupted by his domineering mother. Oscar and Caroline grow closer after a strange night with Dom and set off on an impassioned social service mission to clean up their town


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Two Brothers Pictures