A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Trying to redeem oneself, and making the most of second chances, isn’t easy. Family, love, community, friendship, hope, and perseverence are also themes.
Positive Role Models
Miri is far from perfect, but is trying to rebuild her life honestly. Her parents love her unconditionally. Some people in the community are forgiving; others are not.
Violence & Scariness
Miri’s crime central to the story, but not described or fully addressed. People shout insults, hurl bricks, vandalize her parents' home, and do other things to harm her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adultery is a theme. There’s some strong innuendo and simulated sexual acts.
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There's an endless use of curse words, ranging from "bitch" to "f--k." Rude gestures visible.
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Products & Purchases
A few references to local stores, like Woolworths.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to codeine and other drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Back To Life is a mature British dramatic comedy about a woman trying to restart her adult life after completing a long prison sentence. The violent crime she commits isn't described, but violent acts are committed against her and her family, from hurled insults to hurled bricks. Cursing is frequent, and there's some strong sexual innuendo, instances of adultery, and on occasion, a simulated sex act. All this being said, the show contains strong themes about friendship, unconditional love, forgiveness, hope, perseverance, and redemption.
Is It Any Good?
Written by Daisy Haggard, the dark comedy offers a compelling narrative that combines a sense of optimism with an every-lurking sense of hopelessness. The result is a well-balanced series that uses dry humor to guide our understanding of Miri Matteson's experiences, and helps make her a likable character that you want to root for. Granted, not knowing what crime she actually committed makes her past a little bit more forgivable. But the rejection she experiences also reminds us of how cruel the world can be to people who have been punished for their crimes, and are trying to redeem themselves by becoming productive members of their communities. Back To Life isn't a simple story, but it's smart, entertaining, and worth the watch.
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