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This Life +10 [2007] [DVD]

Jack Davenport , Amita Dhiri , Joe Ahearne    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Davenport, Amita Dhiri, Jason Hughes, Andrew Lincoln, Daniela Nardini
  • Directors: Joe Ahearne
  • Producers: Tony Garnett
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MCH5B8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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80-minute one-off special takes a look at the lives of the characters in the popular BBC lawyer drama ten years on. The curtains open at Ferdy's funeraln with the whole gang attending. A documentary film is being made about Egg's first novel - a fiction but obviously based on his experiences at Benjamin Street and everyone is being interviewed, giving a catch up on each character's escapades in the intervening years. Life has had its way with them all - divorce, drug problems, Vietnamese wives, sordid affairs, booze issues, sperm banks and bankruptcy all feature in the tale that unfolds at their reunion.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't dismiss This Life +10. 25 May 2009
I'm amazed at such poor reviews. I actually thought this was a particularly good portrayal of the original housemates from the 90s. All the actors slipped back into those roles effortlessly, like a decade had never past. What was incredibly true is that we never end up where we thought we would in life. With Anna as the exception to the rule - and let's face it, we all knew she'd make it big as a barrister, even in the early days - none of the original lawyers stuck with it.

This Life +10 sums up the lives of this lovely dysfunctional Southwark family since we last saw them while still leaving enough to the imagination. I love them for their flaws and warts and all. Could we have done with a mini series rather than a crammed feature-length? I would say so but hey, I'm just utterly grateful to have been able to have reacquainted myself with these guys and I think it shines through that the actors feel the same.

Love it, love it, love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow up and think again? 23 Oct 2010
I was slightly disappointed the first time I watched this and I asked myself why. I realised it was because the characters had all got older, lost the magic of youth and promise (especially Anna), and yet were still having problems navigating their way throgh life. Just like me! Was it the truth hurting?
I have now watched the series three times on DVD, each time followed by this additional episode. I have always thought this follow-up a complex, clever and interesting piece of writing by series creator Amy Jenkins, and I increasingly think it is psychologically accurate too.
Miles has finally got away from his father and become more confident and relaxed and mature. The marriage with Francesca didn't last - no surprises there. Egg has written a bestseller based on his own life, and was given the motivation to finally write something by his pain at Milly's betrayal. Many people who have gone through a traumatic experience find they have a vivid story to tell - but only one, as Egg finds. Milly's stormy relationship with best friend Anna during her time as O'Donnel's mistress, followed by their friendship reasserting itself, was convincingly reprised in this episode. (Another neat echo of the original series was the use of the documentary film-making of the reunion. This enabled the kind of private confessions from the characters that were such a memorable feature of the original.) Miles and Anna have both sorted themselves out enough to be able to have a truthful relationship and achieve closure. I loved the scene where Warren and Anna plan parental happiness together. ("Turkey-baster?" "Of course!") The more you ponder, the more you see how the developments in the characters' lives are rooted in their pasts.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A return whch is a let down. That's life 11 Feb 2007
By D. Evans VINE VOICE
The original This Life was shown during the peak of the Britpop era in the mid 1990s. Indeed much of the music of the period soundtracked the lifes of the young lawyers who shared a house in south London. But as with the music of this time, life has moved on. The decision to bring the series back, seemed a strange one. Particularly as so many of the actors have had successful careers since. Perhaps they felt an obligation to the show which set them on the road to fame. The revival does not work. Obviously the former housemates have long since left the house which provided the settings for the programme, and most have left the legal system and so it can not feature the offices locations either. As a result it looks somewhat lost, rather like the Brookside DVD which was released after the programme's demise, yet did not feature the close.

Instead we relocate to Miles mansion. There are several weak moments in the story. Ultimately this is one revival that was not needed.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sacrilegious 20 Sep 2007
By Nitro
I bought this despite the reviews and so wished I didn't. I didn't even finish watching it as the plot was so unbelievable and it was just plain weird. Despite the same actors, the original characters weren't there. The original series was brilliant with the greatest ending a television series has ever had. Yes, I wanted more and for years wished they'd do some sort of special. Do yourself a favour and be happy with the glorious original and forget about this horrendous 'special' as it will poison your love for This Life. I have already disposed of my copy of this trash.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Mess 23 Oct 2008
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When we last left This Life, Ferdy had come out and fallen in love with Lennie. Egg and Millie had split up. Miles had married Francesca. Ten years later, Ferdy is dead and Warren advises the videocamera that Ferdy had left his wife and reconciled with him. Lennie is nowhere to be found. Egg and Millie have reconciled and have a child, although we are given no clue as to when and how that reconcilation occured (which is critical to the viewers relationship with them.) Francesca is referred to fleetingly as 'your first wife' and never mentioned again. Millie has turned into a shrew and Anna (always my favorite) is Anna, still bitter, still emotional fragile, no growth evident. There are more holes in this mess than in the ozone. If there is a This Life 20+, can we please have a new writer?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Life minus 10 12 Feb 2009
This Life is a really good series and i bought this to follow up the drastic cut off of the end of the second series. What a disappointment! Do not purchase this - save your money! All good actors but a terrible script trying to fill the gap that was left open. I love Andrew Lincon's acting but even his character did not ring true. The characters were build on the generation of which we relate to ( if you are or were in your mid 20's when season 1 came out) This is trying to keep those same 'young' characters and really struggling to make them realistic. Really, who in their 30's dances around a BBQ like you are at a concert? As much as you are a fan, you really don't need to see this! I was waiting for it to finish, wanting to go to bed - how tragic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag (and a sort of spoiler but not really)
F Scott Fitzgerald said: "It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did" Amend that to 'twenties' and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss Scarlett
1.0 out of 5 stars .....bleurrgggh....
....anyone expecting a well-thought, high-quality and satisfying coda to round-off the brilliance of the original 2 series a la Gervais & Merchant's The Office Christmas... Read more
Published 10 months ago by cmb_one
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I loved the original and watched this episode when it aired on tv, I have to say it totally lost the plot to be honest. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Isabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
When I heard they were making a one-off special for This Life I hoped that BBC America would show it like they showed the original series 10 years ago but alas I never saw that... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mel
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch if you love This Life!
I bought this years after it came out, I missed its original airing. There are not many things I wish I could UNWATCH but this is one of them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. Dewey
4.0 out of 5 stars This Life +10
As a big fan of the original series I enjoyed it, thought it was well done. The only thing I would have liked was perhaps more explanations for the years in between.
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars 10 years on
It was interesting of course to follow the lives of the main characters ten years later and give it a really final ending but I found everything moved much more slowly than the... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Jane Simspon
1.0 out of 5 stars This Death
For those of us then 20 somethings who loved and even identified with the superb original series 1 & 2 in the 90s and were left feeling cheated and hungry for more by the explosive... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Vinegar Tom
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful. And that's not just Miles' hair.
It felt like someone had accidentally sent a rough draft of a This Life follow up to the BBC commision office instead of the sharp, carefully crafted conclusion to the brillant... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by M. Eden
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this like you would a giant plague-ridden rat
I'm compelled to add my voice to that of the many people who decry this abysmal, misconceived and entirely worthless afterthought to the two excellent series of This Life. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2010 by Max Planck
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