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BBC drama Back to Life, which was filmed in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh, is set for second series


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A TV show set and filmed in Kent has been commissioned for a second season.

Viewers of critically-acclaimed Back to Life were delighted to see popular spots in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh when it aired on the BBC earlier this year.

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

These included the sound mirrors at Abbot’s Cliff, Hythe beach and promenade and the Dungeness Estate

The six-part comedy drama followed Miri Matterson’s return to her seaside family home, having spent 18 years in prison for a crime committed during her teenage years.

During her first few weeks on the outside, Miri, a determined yet naive adult, attempts to put the past behind her in order to have a normal life.

Miri is played by Daisy Haggard who created the show and co-wrote it with Laura Solon.

Daisy said: "Laura and I are delighted that Showtime and the BBC are giving us a chance to continue Miri’s story.

The drama was filmed in Folkestone, Hythe and Lydd
The drama was filmed in Folkestone, Hythe and Lydd

"There’s so much more to tell and we are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to do that!"

It is not known if Kent will provide the location for the second season, but in season one Hythe acted as Miri's coastal home town that she moves back to.

Several references were made to the town, including a made up newspaper called the Hythe Enquirer, and concerns from Miri’s dad that Hythe could become the ‘new Margate’.

Scenes were also shot at Dungeness, the Britannia Pub Inn, at Lydd-on-Sea’s Lade Car Park, at Abbot’s Cliff near Capel-le-Ferne and along Hythe beach.

Harry Williams, writer and managing director of Two Brothers Pictures which produced the show, said: "The reception that Back To Life has received has been amazing.

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

"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."

Kate Daughton, head of comedy at BBC, said: "Back To Life was an instant hit with audiences here and it’s been great to see their distinct UK voices enjoying international success as well."

The series was also recently broadcast in America.

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