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BBC drama Back to Life filmed in Folkestone, Hythe and Lydd

A new drama filmed in Folkestone and Hythe is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Three's Back to Life stars Daisy Haggard as Miri, a 36 year old who has returned to her home town after a lengthy prison service.

She moves back in with her mum and dad, played by Geraldine James and Richard Durden, and attempts a fresh start at life.

Miri Matteson, the central character, is played by Daisy Haggard. Credit: BBC. Photographer: Luke Varley
Miri Matteson, the central character, is played by Daisy Haggard. Credit: BBC. Photographer: Luke Varley

But it's not that easy - as Miri tries to move on from her dark past her neighbours make it a difficult job, having not forgotten what happened all those years ago.

Filming for the six-part drama took place across east Kent - including Fisherman’s beach in Hythe, which also acts as the location of the small coastal town Miri moves back to.

Several references are made to Hythe, including a made up local rag called the Hythe Enquirer, and concerns from Miri's dad that Hythe could become the 'New Margate'.

Views of Abbot’s Cliff, in Folkestone, and its iconic sound mirror are repeatedly shown in the series.

The sound mirror at Abbot's Cliff is frequently shown in the series. Creidt: BBC. Photographer: Luke Varley
The sound mirror at Abbot's Cliff is frequently shown in the series. Creidt: BBC. Photographer: Luke Varley

The sound mirror dates back to before the invention of radar and was used as an early-warning device by military air defence forces to detect incoming enemy aircraft by listening for the sound of their engines. Several were built along the coast between the two World Wars.

Scenes for Back to Life were also shot at the Dungeness Estate and the Britannia Pub Inn, and at Lydd on Sea’s Lade Car Park.

And viewers have already enjoyed spotting the Kent scenery in the drama.

The show is set in Hythe
The show is set in Hythe

One comment, from the Hythe Residents Group on Facebook, said: "I was amazed to see the telephone box on West Parade prom."

Another said: "Really enjoyed the local scenery."

People also took to Twitter, with user @AlbionJake saying: "Back To Life is set in Hythe and I can’t believe it. Hythe has never seen publicity like it."

User @ineffablecharm_ posted: "Good news, I do like Back to Life, & therefore won’t be complaining about it on here.

Watch the trailer for Back to Life - Warning some strong language

"Won me over when she tried to get on that bike in a pencil skirt, been there. Like the Hythe & Dungeness bits, an awful lot."

Back to Life is now available on Iplayer.

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