New BBC drama Life, from Physician Foster author Mike Bartlett, kicks off as 4 separate tales start for the residents of 4 separate flats in a big home in Manchester.
However, we’re promised: “As every of the 4 tales unfold and intertwine in stunning methods, they inform a bigger story about what occurs once we step out of our private area and take a more in-depth look into different folks’s lives.”
Listed here are the characters we’ll meet – and the actors who play them.
Alison Steadman performs Gail
Who’s Gail? Gail is about to have a good time her seventieth birthday “when an opportunity encounter throws her complete life into query”. She is married to Henry, they usually have two grown-up kids and a younger grandson.
What else has Alison Steadman been in? She is, of course, Pam Shipman from Gavin & Stacey – however Alison Steadman has nearly 130 display screen credit to her identify. Different roles have included Edith in Maintain the Sundown, Mrs Bennet in Pleasure & Prejudice, Barbara in Butterfly, Kendall Malone in Orphan Black, Rose in The Syndicate, Betty Simpson in Fats Mates, Mrs Barlow in The Singing Detective, and Pauline Mole in Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years.
Peter Davison performs Henry
Who’s Henry? Gail’s husband of many, a few years. He tends to belittle and patronise her.
What else has Peter Davison been in? Quite a bit of various things! In the early 80s he was the Fifth Physician in Physician Who, and he performed Tristan Farnon in the authentic BBC collection of All Creatures Nice and Small (which has now been remade by Channel 5). Just lately he performed William Priestley in Gentleman Jack, and James Burge in The Trial of Christine Keeler; he’s additionally been in Liar, Toast of London, The Final Detective, At House with the Braithwaites, and A Very Peculiar Observe.
Victoria Hamilton performs Belle
Who’s Belle? A pilates instructor whose “neatly ordered life” is disrupted when she has to absorb her tough teenage niece, Maya. We’ve truly met her earlier than, in author Mike Bartlett’s earlier drama; “Belle” is Gemma’s neighbour Anna Baker, who left her husband is now attempting to make a brand new life in Manchester.
What else has Victoria Hamilton been in? The actress has starred in some massive TV dramas in recent times: she was the Queen Mom in the first two seasons of The Crown, Anna in Physician Foster, Anna Marshall in Cobra, and Senator Meaghan Sullivan in Deep State. She has a lot of credit on stage and display screen, together with Victoria & Albert, Lark Rise to Candleford, A Day in the Loss of life of Joe Egg, Pleasure & Prejudice, Scoop, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park.
Adrian Lester performs David
Who’s David? A college tutorial. He has a deep Christian religion, and married childhood sweetheart Kelly once they have been each younger. He’s “conflicted by temptation” when he goes on a solo vacation and meets Saira.
What else has Adrian Lester been in? Again in 2004, he performed Simon in The Day After Tomorrow; extra just lately, he’s starred in Hustle (as Mickey Stone), London Spy (as Prof Marcus Shaw), Riviera (as Robert Carver), Trauma (as Jon Allerton) and The Rook (as Conrad Grantchester), in addition to enjoying himself in an episode of David Tennant and Michael Sheen’s lockdown drama Staged.
Rachael Stirling performs Kelly
Who’s Kelly? David’s spouse.
What else has Rachael Stirling been in? You could recognise her as Becky from Detectorists, or Millie Harcourt from The Bletchley Circle, or Mary Harborough from Wild Invoice; or maybe as Nan Astley from Tipping the Velvet. She’s additionally performed Ada in Physician Who episode The Crimson Horror, and the Duchess of Sutherland in The Younger Victoria.
Saira Choudhry performs Saira
Who’s Saira? Described as “impulsive”, Saira is on vacation along with her buddies when she meets David and takes a shine to him.
What else has Saira Choudhry been in? The actress spent the first three years of her profession starring as Anita Roy in Hollyoaks. Since then, she’s been in reveals together with Chilly Ft (as Vedika Jawad), No Offence (as PC Tegan Thompson), and Coronation Avenue (as Naila Badal).
Susannah Fielding performs Ruth
Who’s Ruth? Belle’s sister. She suffers from psychological well being issues and has a tough relationship along with her daughter, Maya.
What else has Susannah Fielding been in? Susanna Fielding has just lately performed Jennie Gresham in This Time with Alan Partridge, and Isobel in Sticks and Stones. Her display screen credit embody McDonald & Dodds, The Nice Indoors, Lovesick, The C Phrase, and Disaster.
Erin Kellyman performs Maya
Who’s Maya? A 15-year-old who’s going via rather a lot proper now. Her mom Ruth is mentally in poor health and might’t cope along with her, and her aunt Belle doesn’t need to take care of her both. Maya’s lecturers name her “aggressive”; she feels she’s misunderstood.
What else has Erin Kellyman been in? She is maybe finest recognized for enjoying Enfys Nest in Solo: A Star Wars Story, or for starring as Éponine in the 2019 BBC model of Les Misérables. Erin Kellyman has additionally appeared in Don’t Neglect the Driver, Raised by Wolves, and upcoming film The Inexperienced Knight.
Melissa Johns performs Hannah
Who’s Hannah? A heavily-pregnant younger girl who is prepared and ready to welcome her child daughter. The infant is the outcome of a passionate one-night stand with a person referred to as Andy, however since changing into pregnant Hannah has coupled up with Liam and they’re planning to boost the youngster collectively. Nonetheless – Hannah’s eager for Andy to even be concerned in his youngster’s life.
What else has Melissa Johns been in? She performed Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Avenue, and Sadie in The Interceptor. Different latest TV credit have included In the Lengthy Run, I Hate Suzie, and Flack, whereas on Radio 4 she starred in In My Personal Pores and skin.
Joshua James performs Liam
Who’s Liam? Described as “protected and secure”, Liam is properly conscious that Hannah’s child shouldn’t be biologically his – however he’s wanting ahead to being a dad. He doesn’t significantly need Andy to be concerned.
What else has Joshua James been in? He stars as Tyler Brandon Mills in the TV collection Absentia, and has additionally appeared in I Hate Suzie, Raised by Wolves, McMafia, Black Mirror, and Name the Midwife.
Calvin Demba performs Andy
Who’s Andy? The organic father of Hannah’s child. After their one-night stand he went travelling for months, however now he’s again and dealing as a grocery store supply driver. Andy is eager to be concerned and needs to be supportive, however he lacks confidence about find out how to be a dad.
What else has Calvin Demba been in? One of Calvin Demba’s first roles was as Scott Sabeke in Hollyoaks. Since leaving the present in 2012 he’s been in TV reveals together with Youngers (as Jay) and Sherlock (as Isaac Whitney), and flicks together with Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Buffy Davis performs Daybreak
Who’s Daybreak? Gail’s pal from college, who has loved a profitable profession.
What else has Buffy Davis been in? She is the voice of Jolene Archer on The Archers, and performs Pippa Woodley in Doc Martin. Just lately she appeared in The Trial of Christine Keeler as Barbara Citadel MP, whereas different credit embody Anna Karenina, The Machinist, Angel Has Fallen, and The Evening Supervisor.
Geoffrey Streatfeild performs Jonathan
Who’s Jonathan? Gail and Henry’s son.
What else has Geoffrey Streatfeild been in? Current credit have included Traitors, The Miniaturist, and Prime Suspect 1973. A bit additional again, he performed Fergus Williams in The Thick of It and Calum Reed in Spooks.
Kate Ashfield performs Rachel
Who’s Rachel? Gail and Henry’s daughter.
What else has Kate Ashfield been in? She starred as Liz in Shaun of the Lifeless, and just lately performed Mary Parker in Sanditon and Yvonne Fulcher in A Confession. Different credit embody Collision, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Line of Obligation collection one – wherein she performed DCI Gates’s spouse, Jools.
Life will air from Tuesday twenty ninth September at 9pm on BBC One. Try what else is on with our TV Information, or check out our new TV reveals 2020 web page to seek out out what’s airing this autumn and past.