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BBC Drama Life After Life Has A Strong Cast Lined Up

The series is an adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s 2013 novel.

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Based on the Kate Atkinson novel of the same name, BBC’s Life After Life will traverse the idea of life after death through its main character Ursula, who continuously dies and is reborn. With filming having just commenced, here’s everything you need to know about Life After Life.

When does Life After Life air?

The four-episode series is yet to have an official release date, but the BBC say they will announce an air date in due course, per a press statement obtained by Bustle. Since Life After Life has only just started filming, you can expect to see it sometime later this year or in early 2022.

What’s the plot of Life After Life?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she is given infinite chances at life. Viewers will travel through lifetimes with Ursula, one reincarnation even involves an encounter with Hitler. But as she goes along, the question remains: What is the purpose of continuously dying and being reborn?

While it’s yet to be seen how close the adaptation is to the book, the series is written by the acclaimed Bathsheba ‘Bash’ Doran, who has also written episodes for Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and The Looming Tower – all of which were based on books.

Who’s in the cast of Life After Life?

Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie leads the cast as Ursula Todd; she told the BBC she was drawn to the role as the story makes her “laugh, cry, clench [her] fists in anger, and whoop with empowerment.” McKenzie also added: “Bash has done a stunning job at adapting Kate Atkinson’s masterpiece.”

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McKenzie is joined by Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, and Man in an Orange Shirt’s James McArdle, who play her parents Sylvie and Hugh. Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay, and Years and Years’ Jessica Hynes also star, alongside Black Narcissus’s Patsy Ferran, Yesterday’s Harry Michell, The Trouble with Maggie Cole’s Laurie Kynaston, Small Axe’s Joshua Hill and Derry Girls’ Maria Laird.

What else is there to know about Life After Life?

As Life After Life is still in its early stages, there isn’t much new info surrounding the series. However, this isn’t the first time a Kate Atkinson book has been adapted for the small screen. While you wait for the Life After Life air date to drop, it’s worth catching up on Case Histories starring Jason Issacs, which is based on Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels (available on Amazon Prime at £1.89 per episode).