TV Review: “Life”

Tuesday, BBC One, 9pm


One of the many commendable things about this semi-spin-off from Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster, is that you don’t need to have seen Doctor Foster to enjoy it. Life is its own thing (coincidentally the title of my new soul-jazz concept LP). Bartlett, like all good dramatists, appreciates the instinctive impact of stories in which characters discover that trusted loved one weren’t all they appeared to be. But sometimes there is hope.

The storyline involving Peter Davison’s self-serving bully and Alison Steadman as his wife, who has been ground down by decades of ‘jokes’, is one of the best pieces of drama I’ve seen on TV this year. Great writing, great performances.

All six episodes are available on iPlayer.

Source: Paul Whitelaw THE COURIER