Showtime announced today that the six-part second season of the critically-acclaimed comedy series Back to Life, created by and starring Daisy Haggard (Episodes, Breeders), will premiere on Monday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing each week.
All episodes of season two will be available on that day to stream and on demand for subscribers on Showtime.
From the producers of Fleabag, Back to Life follows Miri Matteson (Haggard) who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew. Miri continues to reconcile with her past while trying to assimilate and make a new life for herself post-incarceration.
Season two of the series picks up three weeks after the season one finale, and six weeks after Miri leaves prison. She is optimistic about her future.
Her probation officer, Janice (Jo Martin), has gotten her a trial shift at the supermarket, she and her neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar) have been spending more time together, and she’s found her hair crimper.
However, Miri’s not talking to her mother Caroline (Geraldine James) after the revelation that she was having an affair with Miri’s ex-boyfriend Dom (Jamie Michie), and she’ll need a lot of shifts at the supermarket before she can afford to move out.
She’s also avoiding her best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley) after learning that Mandy’s secret affair with Lara’s father, John Boback led to Lara’s death all those years ago.
Things are about to get a whole lot worse with the arrival in Hythe of Lara’s mother, Norah. Still grieving her daughter, it’s clear her presence will ensure Miri cannot escape her past.
“Back to Life is a charming, funny and introspective comedy that resonates beautifully with Showtime viewers,” said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment at Showtime.
“With such sharp writing and sensitive, winning performances from Daisy and the cast, we are confident that this gem from across the pond has even more delights to share with us in season two.”
Daisy Haggard added, “Laura and I are delighted that Showtime and the BBC are giving us a chance to continue Miri’s story. There’s so much more to tell, and we are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to do that!”
“The reception that Back to Life has received has been amazing,” said Harry Williams, Managing Director, Two Brothers Pictures. “Daisy and Laura are those rare writers that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure – which is a wonderful quality. We can’t wait for fans to see what they have in store for Miri this time around.”
The show is produced by Two Brothers Pictures for Showtime and BBC Three, UK in association with all3media international.
The executive producers are Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon, who both wrote the series, Sarah Hammond, Chris Sweeney, Harry and Jack Williams, alongside Tanya Qureshi for BBC.