There are so many series that we want to see that we end up forgetting many of them, because it is materially impossible to find enough time to sit down and watch them all. The vast majority are productions that are making the big screen begin to be the little sister of the audiovisual world. We are saturated with series, with exceptional quality, yes, but it is increasingly difficult to find characters that fall in love, of those who end up becoming an appendix of yourself, getting you to cry and laugh at your side without even realizing it. ‘Back To Life’ is one of those few series that goes straight to the heart. A superbly balanced dramedia starring a woman who tries to rebuild a broken life in the past.
After spending 18 years in jail, Miri faces the challenge of reintegrating into society. In his thirties, without work or friends, he can only do one thing: return to his parents’ house in a small town in England where the crime he committed is still very much alive in the minds of his neighbors. The series are jugs of raw reality seasoned with good doses of black humor. I love the ability of the British to find the less dark side even in the toughest moments. Because as much as life gives us the trip we must get up, look up and move on. A moral that is difficult to sell when you do not sweeten the cruelty of the world.
After ‘Back To Life’ are the producers of ‘Fleabag’, another great series that anyone who has not seen it should also. Both share this duality between drama and optimism, with a humor with its own personality and captivating characters. Daisy Haggard (‘Episodes’) is magnificent giving life to Miri, what nuances she brings to the character. The truth is that character construction is one of the great successes of the series, always moving between two waters, as in life. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all broken a plate sometime. Life is full of grays, not blacks and whites.
‘Back To Life’ has taken the place of ‘Fleabag’ on the BBC and, despite the challenge it posed, it has become a huge audience success. It is a series with a lot of British flavor. Of those jewels that usually give us in small jars: six chapters of 25 minutes. Very few episodes for many emotions and reflections. How difficult it is to make stories so everyday but so special at the same time. By the way, Daisy Haggard is also a co-writer as well as a protagonist. I recommend that you see it because it does not disappoint. It looks like a sitting.