Life After Life: Everything we know about the upcoming BBC drama

New season, new drop of binge-worthy series across all our favourite streaming services, including the record-breaking second series of Bridgerton, a long-anticipated third series of Derry Girls and the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversation With Friends. A new series coming to our screens this week is the gripping, life-affirming tale of Ursula Todd in Life After Life.

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Based on the book of the same name by Kate Atkinson, it’s set to be one of spring’s most-watched TV shows. BBC posted the trailer on their social media channels earlier this week, in which Ursula – played by Thomasin McKenzie – asks, ‘So I’m not really dying… I’m being reborn?’ hinting at the though-provoking topic of reincarnation.

‘That’s the nice thing about time, isn’t it? The more it moves forward, the better this silly old world gets,’ says her co-star Jessica Brown Findlay.

What’s the storyline?

The plot of Life After Life follows the story of Ursula Todd, a young woman born in 1910. The twist? She’s born over and over again and an infinite number of chances to live her life means she experiences the events of the last century multiple times.

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It’s a tale of reincarnation that touches on the idea of the butterfly effect as Ursula, played by actor Thomasin McKenzie, has to navigate each new life with the experience of all her previous ones, bringing with her knowledge, connection, confusion and responsibility.

An encounter with Hitler is among the major hurdles she has to face, alongside the complexities of romance, friendship, family and war. 

Who will star in it?

The cast includes newcomer Thomasin McKenzie as the grown-up Ursula Todd, Fleabag’s phenomenal Sian Clifford as Ursula’s mother, plus Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay and British stars James McArdle, Jessica Hynes and Maira Laird.

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When will it be released?

The BBC2 series will air at 9pm on Tuesday 18 April, and all four episodes will also be available on iPlayer.