When is LIFE on TV? Who is in the cast and what’s it about?

The latest from the team behind Doctor Foster

BBC One, Life cast

That’s Life. That’s what all the people say. Sometimes you’re riding high in April, sometimes you’re an expansive new BBC1 drama set in Manchester, from the people behind Doctor Foster, in the autumn.


Here’s everything you need to know about LIFE…

When is LIFE on TV? 

The BBC has now confirmed that LIFE will air in the autumn of 2020.

Who’s in the cast of LIFE?

LIFE stars a rich tapestry of famous faces. Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Adrian Lester (Trauma), Victoria Hamilton (Doctor Foster), Adam James (Doctor Foster), Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) are joined by the likes of Calvin Demba (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Saira Choudhry (Hollyoaks), Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Melissa Johns (Coronation Street), Elaine Paige (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Susannah Fielding (This Time with Alan Partridge).

What is LIFE about?

We ask ourselves that every morning. LIFE the six-part drama follows the parallel stories of a large Manchester house subdivided into separate flats. Following four separate storylines, they are united by the theme of overcoming modern isolation and making real human connections.

Victoria Hamilton as Belle in Life
Victoria Hamilton as Belle

A fascinating element of Life is that two characters from Doctor Foster, Anna Baker and her ex-husband, Neil, will feature in the new series. Anna has renamed herself “Belle” and is trying to live a new life in Manchester, but it’s not going to be simple when, first, her troublesome nice Maya intrudes in her life, then Neil arrives later in the series.

What else has writer Mike Bartlett made? 

The playwright is best known for Doctor Foster. LIFE will be executive produced by Bartlett, Roanna Benn and Jude Liknaitzky at Drama Republic, with Ben Irving at BBC1. It will be produced by Kate Crowther, with Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard and Kate Hewitt all directing episodes.


Is there a trailer for LIFE?

Not yet, but watch this space…