Life Begins

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This first episode of the second series began on ITV1 on 16th February 2005. Karon took a look...

Life Begins was written by Mike Bullen, the chap who wrote Cold Feet. Initially, it had a lot to live up to, as Cold Feet was wildly popular despite waning scripts towards the end of its long run.

This is the second series of Life Begins.  The series is about Maggie, who is thrust from housewifely domesticity to single parent money struggles when her husband leaves her for another woman.  As the first series progressed, she began to cope, found a job and even found a boyfriend.  Meanwhile her husband finds that what goes around comes around as he splits with his new girlfriend and ends the series begging Maggie to take him back.

So that's where we pick up series two.  Luckily for us, someone at ITV remembered that we viewers have memories and avoided a lengthy plot catch up. We are immediately thrown into Maggie's life as she single handedly gets herself and her two children ready for school on time.  Everything is going swimmingly until they get into the car and find it doesn't start.  Life is exactly as normal in Maggie's world.

There's a lot of plot to get through in an hour show.  We have Phil (the husband) losing his job and trying desperately to find his way in a world that has moved on... Maggie's father suffering from Alzheimer's and yet managing successfully to give a talk on World War two to schoolkids.. Maggie starting work at her new Travel Agency branch, the battle as the two branches merge, and the separate battle for the assistant manager's job. On top of that we have Maggie's parents meeting her new boyfriend, and Phil's jealousy with the new boyfriend.

Its good to see this show return, as it is relatively lightweight and yet does not patronise its audience.  The performances from each of the main cast are neatly handled and writing moves quickly, deftly sketching in the characters without bludgeoning the audience into a coma.

Great stuff.  More please.

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