- Actors: Jack Davenport, Amita Dhiri, Andrew Lincoln, Daniela Nardini, Luisa Bradshaw-White
- Writers: Amy Jenkins
- Format: Box set
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 2 Nov. 1998
- Run Time: 376 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CXKE
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,760 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
This Life - Series Two, Boxset 1 [VHS] 
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First nine episodes from the second series of the popular television drama. In 'Last Tango in Southwark', Anna and Miles' attempts to avoid each other only delay the inevitable clash. 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?' sees Kira making a play for Joe. In 'The Bi Who Came in from the Cold', Milly thinks that Rachel has turned informer. In 'How to Get in Bed by Advertising', Warren attracts the attention of the constabulary in the park. 'Small Town Boyo' sees Warren's secret life revealed, while in 'Unusual Suspect', Anna gets a juicy case. In 'He's Leaving Home', Milly takes over the buying of a leaving present for Warren, but is soon stuck for ideas. 'Room with a Queue' sees some tough decisions being made in the household, while in 'Men Behaving Sadly', Ferdy shows himself up at his ex-fiancée's.
By the time of its broadcast in the spring of 1997, the second series of the BBC's drama This Life was a major event, albeit on it's own, cultish terms. The years have not diminished the show's impact, as box set videos such as this one demonstrate. It could have been awful--a British attempt to mirror the various American thirtysomething shows that proliferated during the decade. The programme's many detractors had a point, in that This Life was both self-consciously hip (through its use of music and film techniques) and shocking (plot lines dealing with gay and straight sex, drugs and violence) but what saved it--as was the case with the similarly derided Queer As Folk--was the sheer quality of the script and cast. Series Two opens the morning after one of the pivotal points of the story, the long awaited coupling of Anna (Daniela Nardini, who dominates proceedings whenever on screen) and Miles (Jack Davenport) and the effect its fall-out has on them and the rest of their housemates Milly, Egg and Warren (Amita Dhiri, Jason Hughes and Andrew Lincoln). It's the relationship between these five main characters (four lawyers and one deeply confused ex-lawyer) that forms the crux of the programme, although there are some wonderful sub-plots and secondary characters. This Life may have been oft-copied since and the cast have oddly pretty much disappeared from view, but it remains eminently watchable and one of the BBC's finest dramas in recent years. --Phil UdellSee all Product Description
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Anna and Miles ended up together at the end of the last series but this proves to be a one-night stand as wires are crossed in part 1 of the new series and Anna ends up throwing her drink over Miles' head. The animosity between the two of them continues when they are assigned a case together and unethical behaviour by both of them results in further tension, which the other housemates are none too happy about.
Meanwhile, the introduction of Ferdy (Ramon Tikaram) continues as he moves into the house after he is outed and has nowhere to stay. Warren makes him sleep on the couch. Miles has taken an instant dislike to him and seems to determined to make his life difficult.
Desperate for 'no-strings attached sex' Miles resorts to the Talking Hearts with the encouragement of Egg. He has many replies and meets one lady who in a rather comical scene tries to enact a 'menage a trois' with Miles and her husband - the look on Jack Davenport's face is enough to make the viewer laugh for hours. The housemates tihnk it would be funny to play a trick and leave a message for Miles pretending to be an interested lady. They arrange to meet him but he figures it out before they do.
This Life is typically controversial, none more so than when Warren is picked up by the Police for solicitating in public toilets. He is accused of common assault on a Police Officer when in fact it was not him who committed that offence. O'Donnell is forced to let Warren go because of the harm it could bring the firm and Milly is advised not to represent him - she therefore passes the case on to Anna.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this series and wanted to enjoy it again. This set is good and I will keep it in my collection.Published on 4 Nov. 2014 by Brian McGovern
Quality copy. Fantastic series offering interest for all age groups. A good few hours of enjoyment for the whole family.Published on 25 Dec. 2013 by Mrs.T
I first saw this on BBC America in 1996 or 1997. I had them all recorded to VHS but when I finally got a region free player this was the first thing I bought. Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Mel
Loved this series back in the 90's 1st time around, I hoped it would feel just as good watching it on dvd, disappointed!Published on 4 April 2013 by BFPSOON
This is by far the greatest tv show ever. Highly addicted. Please please please buy this, you will not be dissapointed.Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by Gazinho
it was great to revisit This Life, afer so many years, I'm surprised it hasn't been aired more often, it was/is well written and well acted and remains a standout production from... Read morePublished on 8 April 2011 by Robert K. Macdonald