Life After Life Poster

Life After Life (2022)

Drama  
Rayting:   7.4/10 755 votes
Country: UK
Language: English

Ursula Todd dies one night in 1910 before she can draw her first breath. On that same night in 1910, Ursula is born and survives.

Episode Guide

Season 1

May 10, 2022Episode 4 Episode 4
May 3, 2022Episode 3 Episode 3
April 26, 2022Episode 2 Episode 2
April 19, 2022Episode 1 Episode 1

Best Life After Life Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

May 10, 2022star8.6 30 votesS1E4 Episode 4
May 3, 2022star8.4 24 votesS1E3 Episode 3
April 26, 2022star8.3 42 votesS1E2 Episode 2
April 19, 2022star8.1 55 votesS1E1 Episode 1

Life After Life Trailer

User Reviews

ianbrumpton 19 April 2022

Adapted for TV from a popular novel with an intriguing premise - a protagonist continually being reborn with a chance to live her life again with different outcomes.

This was a quality drama with high production values, beautiful direction and cinematography and a fine classical score by Volker Bertelmann. The script by Bash Doran was well-crafted with lovely crisp dialogue and a well paced structure. The cast was strong in depth from the children right up to the protagonist Ursula.

Minor quibble would be the narration - a little over used but in general everyone was on song in this production, congrats all round, I'm hooked.

murada1967 21 April 2022

A refreshing change to the run of the mill period drama. Ground Hog Day mixed with Downton Abbey! Occasionally painful to watch (episode 2 was particularly harrowing) but also uplifting in parts. Certainly kept me gripped. It does drag in parts and the narration is occasionally distracting but overall excellent, including the acting and production values.

johnbirch-2 21 April 2022

I have loved the book for some years - re-read it several times - so was a little nervous about the TV series. But it was perfect. Most of the scenes were almost exactly how I imagined them, and the characters too. Having the author, Kate Atkinson, involved obviously helped.

Yet my favourite scenes were ironically the ones where the series departed most from the book (which is not to say it was far), especially episode four, In many ways the TV series tied it all together better than the book did.

Even though I knew what was coming the series still packed emotional hit after hit, so I cannot imagine what someone who did not know it would make of it!

stephencardell 20 April 2022

What a pleasure it is to watch something that is intelligent and meaningful and beautifully written and brilliantly acted.

The story itself is a deep one. Philosophically and emotionally. It deals with life and death and loss and love and everything that makes up a single life. But for Ursula, a single life lived many many times

McKenzie Is an incredible actor. She brings so much depth to the character. She is an absolute joy to watch.

grahamchris 22 April 2022

I'm a big fan of Kate Atkinson novels. So I was keen to see the adaptation of Life After Life. In my opinion, cast and crew have done a great job. It's a very intricate novel and I was concerned it wouldn't work on screen.

I really enjoyed it and Thomasin McKenzie is a wonderful young actress.

lallenlolp 23 April 2022

I didn't have any knowledge about the show's source material and I have never read the book, so I basically started watching this show out of boredom. However, it instantly gripped me. The characters were all very appealing to me and Thomasin McKenzie does a fantastic job as Ursula Todd. The rest of the cast was also outstanding. This series was sometimes uplifting and comedic but sometimes downright depressing. Although it isn't flawless, it definitely kept me watching.

bosporan 20 April 2022

More interesting than run-of-the-mill period drama, a sort of Groundhog Day precursor. An intriguing concept with some strong performances, particularly Sian Clifford as Sylvie.

The usual period trimmings and the cinematographic style are excellent. In contrast, the lazy overuse of narration, acceptable in novels, breaks immersion and diminishes the onscreen experience.

Episode one sets up well, however it remains to be seen if this is doomed to be dreary and repetitive or breaks free as creative television.

martinjriley-1 20 April 2022

Having just binge watched all four episodes, this was rather enjoyable. Sure its a little confusing, and it seems that some of the "lives" in the book have been omitted, but inclusion may have over complicated. I did think the narration was necessary and understated.

Overall, well acted (the Ursula character particularly) , well made, needs concentrations and occasional rewind to catch up on missed plot lines.

Certainly worth watching and better than a lot of the drama series currently being put out.

holliemarie-h 21 April 2022

When I saw Kate Atkinson's outstanding novel 'Life After Life' was being adapted, I was quietly hopeful, but also nervous as the book seems 'unadaptable'.

However, one episode in and I quickly realised this is a faithful, captivating and engaging adaption of the novel. First of all the casting is incredible. I especially loved the casting of Sylvie & Hugh, Ursula's parents. Ursula herself is beautifully portrayed by various actresses.

Although the story has a repetitive element, each 'life' had its own special moments to keep you engaged. Set against the backdrop of war and this becomes a unique period drama that stays with you.

10/10, couldn't fault it.

annbaldwin-55777 22 April 2022

Life After Life on BBC2 is undoubtedly the best adaptation/drama series I've seen on tv for a very long time. Superb acting by the entire cast & wonderful production values. Binge watched the entire series on iPlayer & worth the licence fee alone just for a drama like this!!

dgjones-62258 19 April 2022

Book adaptations work with straight forward stories and Life After Life is a complex book.

A big country house - yes Starts before WW1 - yes

That criteria was enough for the BBC to think they had the next Downton Abbey - How wrong they were. They obviously hadn't read the book (and they didn't read the script).

Like most BBC dramas the production values are very good but the script was awful. There were incidents but no story development to start with and as for character development, nothing.

The two scenes that bookend the first episode are meant to be teasers, but they meant nothing unless you know the book.

As for the narrator, it is never a good idea to have a voice-over in a drama that tries to explain what is happening. That reflects the poor quality of the writing.

Yet another job for the people with friends in the BBC. When are the beeb going to use some new writers and maybe even make a quality contemporary drama?

My recommendation - read the book.

PS Don't believe the stooges (insiders) who claim this is brilliant - it's not.

skipp-5 1 May 2022

Was unsure about this at first as it sounded a little odd, but I was soon totally hooked. The key notion is one of "what if" - what would our life be like if, at key moments, we made a different choice? It makes a very thought provoking story.

But for me, the story is only one aspect. Its based in a period where life was simpler. Although this is shattered by the backdrop of conflict, and with current world events, seems very relevant.

The cinematography is terrific, with certain "devices" signifying key moments in the episodes. The actors are all very well cast, and their acting excellent. Particularly Thomasin McKenzie who plays Ursula, the main character.

My only grumble, is why was it tucked away on BBC2? There is so much rubbish currently on the UK's premier channel - BBC1, why did it not displace some of this?

Anyway, well worth a watch...

bosporan 20 April 2022

More interesting than run-of-the-mill period drama, a sort of Groundhog Day precursor. An intriguing concept with some strong performances, particularly Sian Clifford as Sylvie.

The usual period trimmings and the cinematographic style are excellent. In contrast, the lazy overuse of narration, acceptable in novels, breaks immersion and diminishes the onscreen experience.

Episode one sets up well, however it remains to be seen if this is doomed to be dreary and repetitive or breaks free as creative television.

Edit: As the story progresses, it becomes stale and laborious - the lazy get-out-of-jail-free card removes all sense of jeopardy making it dull and uninteresting.

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