Suranne Jones might have ruled out another season of Doctor Foster, but today brings a glimpse of the next best thing: a first look at spin-off series Life.
Created and written by Doctor Foster‘s Mike Bartlett, the spin-off series stars Doctor Who favorite Peter Davison, Gavin and Stacey actress Alison Steadman, Hustle‘s Adrian Lester, and The Crown‘s Victoria Hamilton.
Hamilton is reprising her Doctor Foster role as Anna, friend and neighbor to Jones’ title character. The new series follows Anna – who’s now going by the name “Belle” – as she seeks to build a new life as a pilates instructor in Manchester. Later in the series, Anna/Belle’s ex-husband Neil (Adam James) – who also appeared in Doctor Foster – shows up at her new home.
According to the BBC, “Life follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats. 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.”
Davison and Steadman play an older couple, Henry, and Gail, who live in one of the flats. According to the BBC, Steadman’s character Gail is “about to celebrate her 70th birthday when a chance encounter throws her whole life into question.”
The show’s ensemble cast also includes Melissa Johns (Coronation Street), Rachael Stirling (Doctor Who), Saira Choudhry (No Offence), Erin Kellyman (Les Misérables), Calvin Demba (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), and Joshua James (Darkest Hour).
Life – which comprises six 60-minute episodes – is due to air on BBC One in the U.K. later this year. U.S. broadcasting details have yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime you can whet your appetite by revisiting both seasons of Doctor Foster, which are available to stream on Netflix.
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