What is Life on BBC about and who's in the cast of the new drama?

NEW BBC drama Life is set to air on our TV screens tonight.

The Doctor Foster spin-off has been written by Mike Bartlett and features a stellar cast as Victoria Hamilton reprises her role as Gemma Foster's neighbour Anna Baker.

What is Life on BBC about?

The show focuses on Anna's new life after she leaves her husband and renames herself as Belle.

But her attempts at making a new life for herself are turned upside down following the arrival of her 15-year-old niece – and her cheating husband Neil.

The series is set in Manchester and follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats unfold across six hour-long episodes.


A trailer opens up with the motto "live together, love together."

A BBC announcement on the series read: "As each of the four stories unfold and intertwine in surprising ways, they tell a larger story about what happens when we step out of our personal space and take a closer look into other people’s lives.

"Life explores love, loss, birth, death, the ordinary, the extraordinary and everything in between."

Who's in the cast?

Along with the 49-year-old Hamilton, life also stars Gavin and Stacey's Alison Steadman as new character Gail.

Her husband Henry is played by Peter Davison, while Doctor Foster fans will also spot Anna's ex husband, Neil, return in later scenes set in Manchester.

Adrian Lester plays married man David, whose life is idyllic before he comes into contact with Saira (Saira Choudhry) while on holiday.

Heavily pregnant Hannah, played by Melissa Johns, is also dealt a blow when her one night stand from nine months ago, Andy (Calvin Demba) makes a comeback – despite being happily together with Liam (Joshua James).

When is Life on BBC?

Life makes its debut on BBC One tonight (Tuesday, September 29) at 9pm.

The Bartlett-penned drama will air in six hour-long episodes weekly.

The show is a spin-off of the much-acclaimed Doctor Foster, and features some of the same cast plus some star-studded new names.

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