Years and Years S1
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%
Six-part British miniseries plays with aspects of science-fiction as it looks into the future. It stands as a warning to humanity about the lasting effects of climate change, the perils of choosing arrogant political leaders instead of competent ones, and the impact of technological advancements in society. The storyline is explored through the lens of the Lyons family as their lives take dramatic turns over the course of 15 years.
Power-hungry entrepreneur Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) makes a desperate bid for a seat in the Prime Minister’s office despite the fact that she doesn’t care very much about the well-being of others. The Lyons family are swept up in their belief that she’ll change things for the better but Vivienne is gearing up to run their country to the ground.
The Lyons family consists of four siblings: open-minded Daniel (Russell Tovey), whose marriage to Ralph (Dino Fetscher) is threatened when he falls in love with a refugee called Viktor (Maxim Baldry); his brother Stephen (Rory Kinnear), a baker, and his accountant wife, Celeste (T’Nia Miller), who have their hands full raising their daughters; their sister Rosie (Ruth Madeley), a single mother who’s struggling to make ends meet; and their sister Edith (Jessica Hynes), who puts her life in jeopardy to protest against social disparities and rising climate change. Their grandmother, Muriel (Anne Reid), is adored by all four siblings.
Their lives all converge on one fateful night in 2019 in this scathing, satirical, dystopian comedy-drama.
Newsday says, “What makes this series effective is that not-too-distant horizon. It doesn’t play out 50 years from now, but next year, then a few years after that, and then a few beyond that.”
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