“YEARS AND YEARS”— A Six-Part BBC One Series

“Years and Years”

A Six-Part BBC One Series

Amos Lassen

BBC One has released the trailer for “Years and Years”, Russell T. Davies’  new six-part drama Years and Years, which stars Russell Tovey  and Emma Thompson and follows one family from 2019 forward over a period of 15 years.

“What sort of world are we in,” asks Tovey’s character as Daniel Lyons, a married gay male, at the start of the trailer as he cradles a newborn infant, “because if it’s this bad now, what’s it going to be like for you in 30 years’ time?”

Emma Thompson is Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation. The focus of the six-part series is the Manchester-based Lyons family: Daniel is getting married to Ralph, Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids, Rosie is chasing a new guy, and Edith has not been home for years. Presiding over them all is Gran, the imperial Muriel. All their lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, and the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years. The show also stars Rory Kinnear, Jessica Hynes, T’Nia Miller, Ruth Madeley, and Anne Reid.

  It definitely sounds intriguing as each episode jumping ahead by a year or two. Although the drama will explore a country going through political and economic instability, it will be full of warmth and humor and a positive outlook. It will also deal with the rise of populist politicians in Britain, trans-humanism, war and other cultural issues facing the United Kingdom.

It begins with Britain withdrawing from Europe, America becomes a lone wolf, China asserts itself and a new world begins to form.’  Society is hotter, faster, madder, with the turmoil of politics, technology and distant wars affecting the Lyons in their day-to-day lives.

Russell Davies  who recently wrote and produced the award-winning “A Very English Scandal”  about a homosexual affair that brought down a major political leader, also has another TV series in the works for UK’s Channel 4— “The Boys”, about the impact of the 1980s AIDS crisis and Davies has been working on it for a number of years and claims it is his most heavily-researched work.  The five-part drama will follow the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and the story of three boys, Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin, across the decade.

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