Back to Life: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Back to Life

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Driven by the marvelous Daisy Haggard, Back to Life questions what it means to be a person with humor, heart, and a genuine sense of surprise.



Critic Ratings: 26


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User Ratings: 53

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Air date: Nov 10, 2019

When Miri Matteson returns home after eighteen years, she stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the shadow of her past looms large.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2019

Miri is excited for her first day working at Nathan's Fish & Chip shop, but the community isn't taking kindly to her return.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2019

Miri and her neighbor Billy escape to an amusement park for the day but Miri's past continues to chase her. Meanwhile, Caroline attempts to end things with Dom for good.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2019

Miri and her mother Caroline embark on a road trip to visit Oscar's aunt. But, when an accident stalls them, they are forced to discuss how Caroline truly feels about Miri's time in prison.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2019

A terrible coincidence puts Miri back in the community's firing line as she becomes the key suspect in a new crime. Caroline and Oscar attempt to revive their relationship.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2019

After being locked in a cell once again, Miri gets out determined to tell her side of the story and to finally get the town on her side.

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Cast & Crew

Richard Durden
Oscar Matteson
Daisy Haggard
Miri Matteson
Geraldine James
Caroline Matteson
Charlie Rix
Male Shop Assistant
Liam Wiliams
James Bradwell
Junior Pharmacist
Jade Harrison
Dom's Wife
Chris Sweeney
Debbie Pisani
Harry Williams
Sarah Hammond
Jack Williams
Jack Williams
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Critic Reviews for Back to Life Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (16)

[Daisy] Haggard's performance is a marvel, whether she's exuding vulnerability or dishing the sass. Used and abused but never quite de-fused, she propels Back to Life to the top tier of this season's newcomers, with ample help from a crackerjack ensemble.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Back to Life has a firm grasp on how capable people are of bizarre behavior at any given moment.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Back to Life...holds its own.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The best thing about the show might be that it's actually a lot smaller and humbler than these puzzle-box dramas.

Nov 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Daisy Haggard does good work. [Full review in Spanish]

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Back to Life rides a fine line between sharply clever comedy and intensely dark mystery drama.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Mostly, it's an alternatingly funny/somber but always emotionally affecting series with something of a Fleabag vibe... and a terrific performance from [Daisy] Haggard.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Poignant British dramedy about post-prison life is mature.

Nov 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The nicest thing about Back To Life... is the way it deftly but oh-so-subtly lambasts the gruelling crime dramas British TV has been synonymous with in recent years.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

If Back to Life can commit to exploring its deeper ideas about identity, forgiveness, and mortality in its second season, it could quickly become of the best shows on television.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bouncing unpredictably between somber dejection and daffy dark humor, Back to Life shouldn't work at all. Yet it does, wonderfully.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The only reasons we're recommending Back To Life are the premise behind the show and Haggard's inherent charm.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Back to Life: Season 1

  • Feb 06, 2021
    Very funny, intriguing, a little mystery. It asks: how do you put your life back together after you've done something horrible?
  • Jan 16, 2021
    I loved this series.
  • Jan 13, 2021
    This was charming and rivetting at the same time ... deeply challenging and surprising by measures, thought provoking, yet also entertaining. Best thing I've seen for a long time.
  • Jan 06, 2021
    This is the best "comedy" series I have seen in I-don't -know-when. It's reason enough all by itself to subscribe to Showtime. So funny. So touching. I absolutely loved it.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Buena mini serie, con algo de humor negro y mucho de realidad. Es la historia de Mili, quien regresa a casa después de 18 años por un crimen que cometió a sus 18 años.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    This show was funny, dramatic and sad. I loved it!
  • Nov 28, 2019
    Not bad have only seen the first episode, I will continue
  • Nov 27, 2019
    The very best of British TV.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    Absolutely phenomenal. Excellent writing and producing for such a funny and charming take to such a set of extremely awful circumstances. It makes for an entertaining watch. A must see if you like witty-comedies, like Fleabag (whose producers actually produced it as I found out), and The Patriot on Amazon Prime, along with the countless other witty comedies in the last 5 years. This one's a great one. Also a great redemption story. Daisy Haggard was amazing. This is the first production I've seen her in that I know of and she cracked me up the entire time. Pure nonsensical at times, cringeworthy situational dialogue, and circumstantial reactions make the show. A gal down on her luck in to the highest power tries to make it back on her feet again in her mid 30s after spending 18 years in prison for a crime in a small oceanside town. I'll follow Haggard's work more closely as an actress from now on.
  • Nov 17, 2019
    Enjoyable and very very different. Amazing performance and great throwaway lines.

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