Life: cast announced for Mike Bartlett’s new BBC One drama

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The BBC has announced the cast for Life, a new drama from Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett. Here’s everything you need to know…

Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Adrian Lester (Trauma), Victoria Hamilton (Doctor Foster) and Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) are among the highlights of the cast. Melissa Johns and Elaine Paige will also appear.

As for the plot of the show, the BBC’s official press release says this: “the six-part drama follows the stories of the residents of a large house in Manchester, divided into four flats. As each of the four separate strands unfolds, in relatable yet 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.”

Creator Mike Bartlett says this: Mike Bartlett says: “This show is all about a group of remarkable characters with unexpected desires and hidden secrets, in search of something beyond their everyday lives. It’s just wonderful to have this fantastic cast to tell those stories, and to be working again with Drama Republic for the BBC.”

Alison Steadman add this: “Mike Bartlett is a brilliant writer and has created an extraordinary character in Gail. I’m delighted to be playing her in LIFE.”

Filming has begun in Manchester, and we’ll bring you more news as we hear it.