First aired on British television in 1996 This Life chronicles the lives of a group of house-sharing twentysomething professionals as they try to make sense of life love and each other. Providing a timely shake-up of TV drama conventions This Life's refusal to conform was its key to success. While critics deemed it 'immoral' for its graphic depictions of homosexuality and blas attitude to drug-taking fans revelled in its honest and objective portray
This Life is a series that I unfortunately missed first time around. As a recent convert I was pleasantly surprised to see just how relevant this 14 year old drama is today. It is clear that the situations and dramas that unfold were intended to provide some sort of shock value to a society that was just beginning to understand certain aspects of British sub-culture. Trailblazing through issues that were taboo back then such as drugs, repressed homosexuality, casual sex and cottaging allowed this series a place as a cult favourite. Watching it in today's context allows us a fresh look at the trials and tribulations faced by those pushing past their twenties and into their thirties dealing with subversive issues that were becoming more and more prevalent in an unforgiving world.
A raw, gritty look at the ups and downs of young lawyers in the 90's breaks barriers at a time when it wasn't quite so fashionable to do so and brought us such talent as Andrew Lincoln (Teachers, Love Actually) and Jack Devenport (Coupling, Pirates of the Carribean). A wonderful show that was well before it's time.
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