Life Begins (TV series)

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For the 1932 film, see Life Begins (film).
Life Begins
Life Begins Series.jpg
Created by Mike Bullen
Starring Caroline Quentin
Alexander Armstrong
Elliot Henderson Boyle
Ace Destiny Ryan
Anne Reid
Frank Finlay
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 19
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Harries
Producer(s) ITV Studios
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Original run 16 February 2004  – 9 October 2006

Life Begins is a British television drama first broadcast on ITV between February 2004 and October 2006, starring Caroline Quentin and Alexander Armstrong, Anne Reid and Frank Finlay.

History[edit]

The first season of Life Begins began on 16 February 2004. The first series was a success. The show managed viewing figures ranging from 9.51 to 10.45 million winning all of its timeslots.[1] The series has been aired on Channel Seven in Australia and TV ONE in New Zealand.

As the first Life Begins was so popular a second series was launched which began on 16 February 2005. Series two received strong ratings of 6.38 to 8.62 million. [2]

A third season started on 4 September 2006 on ITV. Again the viewing figures were still high managing to win half of its timeslots with figures of 5.79 to 6.32 million. [3]

It was always intended by the writers that the third series would be the last. A fourth series, thought possible at the time, never materalized.

Basic plot[edit]

The story focuses intensely on Philip Raymond (Phil) Mee and Margaret Eileen Brenda (Maggie) Thornhill-Mee, and their two children James and Rebecca. It also features various friends and relatives of the couple. The series depicts typical family life and presents the struggles of friends and family members, such as Maggie's parents, Eric and Brenda.

Episode list[edit]

Cast[edit]

Air Dates[edit]

UK air dates[edit]

  • Series One - 16 February 2004 to 22 March 2004
  • Series Two - 16 February 2005 to 30 March 2005
  • Series Three - 4 September 2006 to 9 October 2006

From June 2014, the show was repeated on ITV Encore ITV's new drama channel for sky customers.

International air dates[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule
 Australia Channel Seven 5 December 2006
7 August 2007
Series One: Tuesday 8:30pm (Dec 06 - Jan 07)
Series Two: Tuesday 9:30pm (Aug 07 - Sep 07)
Series Three: Tuesday 10:30pm (Feb 08 - Mar 08)
 New Zealand TV ONE
 Canada Vision TV 29 November 2004
6 November 2006
 Netherlands VARA Series One and Two: 6 May 2005
Series Three: 24 June 2008

Ratings in Australia: The first episode of the first series aired over Australia's non ratings period, and the opening episode rated 1.1 million mainland capital city viewers,[1] which was the 12th most watched show for the week. Ratings continued around the one million viewers mark throughout series one. The first episode of series two moved to 9:30pm and rated 998,000 viewers, ranking first in its time slot. The second episode rated 853,000 viewers.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMH: Stay In Touch". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "SMH: Stay In Touch". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 August 2007. 

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