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Mike Bartlett to chronicle Life in new BBC One drama

Updated 29-03-19 | 11:33 AM | Staff Reporter

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Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett is heading back to the Beeb for his latest series, Life. The multi-stranded drama brings together four separate, surprising strands to tell a larger story about what happens when humans decide to step out of their own personal space and take a closer look into other people’s lives. An epic saga that will unfold in a large divided house in Manchester, Life will take a look into each of the flats and at the belief in the human capacity to connect, to care, to love and to change.

Produced by the multi-award winning production company Drama Republic (Doctor Foster, Wanderlust, Black Earth Rising), the six-part series is commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. It is executive produced by Roanna Benn, Jude Liknaitzky and Mike Bartlett for Drama Republic and Ben Irving for BBC One. It will be produced by Kate Crowther.

Mike Bartlett says: “It’s hugely exciting to be working with Drama Republic and the BBC again, to tell a brand new, epic story about seemingly ‘ordinary’ people who turn out to be anything but.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “Mike’s talent for creating extraordinary characters and recognising powerful truths in ordinary life singles him out as one of the most popular compelling writers of our age. LIFE is the perfect vessel for all of that talent.”

Filming begins this spring in Manchester.


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