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This Life +10  [DVD]
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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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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!
Sadly the show starts with a funeral. Ferdy has passed on, so we're back to the original five: Miles (Jack Davenport), Anna (Daniella Nardini), Milly (Amita Dhiri), Egg (Andrew Lincoln) and Warren (Jason Hughes). Egg, in that old cliche, has written a book about their times back in the nineties. He's a bit of a literary sensation so documentary maker Claire (Jodie Whittaker) gathers the five friends together at Miles' country mansion, having made a pile of money in the hotel business.
And how is everybody? Anna is still a ruthless lawyer but yearns for a baby. Milly and Egg have one- a cute little toddler called Oscar- but they're rowing. Miles has a young Vietnamese wife he picked up in Hong Kong and Warren is about to launch a life coach business. Unlike some of these types of shows, I think everyone has ended up where we might expect them to, even if Egg's fame is a bit contrived.
I can see why writer/creator Amy Jenkins chose the premise of a fly-on-the-wall documentary. One of the features of This Life was Warren's sessions with his therapist, who Milly then started going to; the characters candidly revealed all to camera. However if I'm honest, I found the device a bit boring and ponderous and it really drags the tone down here. Of course naturally there's going to be a wistful look back at youth but from the looks of this, you'd think that life ends when you reach your mid-thirties. What This Life did well is mixing comedy and drama with self-reflection but there is little comedy in this episode. The characters all look at twenty-something Claire, who's simply a plot device, and think about how old they are. Of course, they could have potentially used that character to explore how the youth generation has changed, but they don't. There's some talk of the nineties, the role of women, etc., but at times it feels a bit like an essay.
At the time, This Life was seen as a ground-breaking insight into modern life but this episode is disappointingly conservative. The characters remain the same people inside, which is some consolation, but there's little of the spark that made the show a cult hit. The sparks between Miles and Anna are thankfully still there but the rest is buried under a depressing sense of ennui.
I would say that it is worth a watch in the sense that it ties things up better (Series 2 had such an abrupt conclusion) but it's more of a reflection and essay on This Life rather than a sequel, so the tone is very different. But if things are this miserable in your thirties, what would they do for a +20?
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