Showtime picked up the six-episode comedy series “Back to Life,” a comedy-drama from the producers of the hit series “Fleabag.” In the show, Daisy Haggard plays Miri Matteson. The story picks up with Matteson as she returns to her hometown, after having spent the last 18 years behind bars.
Created by Haggard and written by Haggard and Laura Solon, the series will premiere on the network on October 6th. Showtime confirmed the series order this week, with Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc, making the announcement.
“Back to Life is a gem of a series that we are thrilled to bring across the pond,” said Levine. “Daisy Haggard, whom Showtime audiences will remember from our series Episodes as Myra, the network comedy exec with absolutely no sense of humor, is wildly impressive, both as writer and star of this intriguing, touching and funny, character comedy.”
The series, which aired earlier this year on the BBC, follows Miri’s first few weeks out of prison navigating her way in a new world, trying to lead a normal life in her seaside hometown.
Showtime teased the series adding, “Miri attempts to rekindle old relationships, make new ones, look for work and readjust to life outside, while desperately waiting for the world to forget about what happened that fateful night.” The network contined, “Guiding Miri as she tries to adapt are a cast of offbeat and intriguing characters with secrets of their own, including her sexually frustrated mother Caroline (Geraldine James), her obsessive environmentalist father Oscar (Richard Durden) and her parole officer with no filter, Janice (Jo Martin).”
The series also features first love Dom (Jamie Michie), ex-best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley), next-door neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar) and shop owner and new boss Nathan (Liam Williams).
“Back to Life” is written by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, produced by Debs Pisani and directed by Chris Sweeney. The executive producers are Harry and Jack Williams (Fleabag, The Missing) alongside Sarah Hammond for Two Brothers Pictures, and Daisy Haggard, Laura Solon and Chris Sweeney.
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