The six-part series is created by and stars Daisy Haggard as an ex-convict called Miri who has just left prison after serving an 18-year sentence for a mystery crime.
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Lots of viewers have been comparing the show, with its pitch black humour and slightly adrift female lead, to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit Fleabag.
— ❄ Flowerchucker ???????? (@flowerchucker) April 15, 2019
#BackToLife was really good. Just binged it all and there was definitely a Fleabag vibe with the secret tragedy in the past, complicated but brilliant family and lots of swearing! Well done to @daisy_haggard and the production team #bbc3
— Kvittycat (@kvittycat53) April 15, 2019
— Charlotte S (@LottieMS84) April 15, 2019
Caught the first episode and love it. Well written, well cast, edgy, messy and heartfelt. Ticks all the boxes for me and so happy there's something really good to fill the void now that Fleabag is gone. #BackToLife https://t.co/TAsJucYxcT
— Kaz (@StepAwayPlease) April 15, 2019
Haggard recently told RadioTimes.com that Miri is partly modelled on herself. “In some ways, Miri would be how I would be in some situations,” she said.
“She gets pushed to the floor and bounces back up again, she’s an optimist and she’s positive and essentially not what you would expect from her shocking past.
“I don’t have her shocking past but I share her relentless optimism.”
As well as airing in the Fleabag slot on BBC1, the whole series of Back to Life is also available on BBC3 – and some fans have already binged the entire thing…
— Lauren Bradley (@laurenbradley) April 15, 2019
— Rhiannon Jenkins (@Rhi_Jenks) April 15, 2019
And whether they watched just one episode – or flew through all six – many agreed it delivered something special.
— Dan Murphy (@HCaulfieldUK) April 15, 2019
— Charlie Ross (@CharlieRoss99) April 15, 2019
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) April 15, 2019
Back to Life is available as a boxset on BBC3 on Monday 15th April and airs weekly on BBC1 from on Monday nights at 10.35pm