There have been a lot of shows about politics: the dirty politicians who do unimaginable things to rise to power, the good ones who face a constant struggle between ambition and morality, the kingmakers, and all those involved in this treacherous business. However, these stories are so indulged in what goes on in politics that they rarely turn their attention towards the citizens who are directly affected by whatever policies the people in government impose on them.
‘Years and Years’ gives a lot of thought to that and this is what makes the show different, and better than others in the genre. The series is created by Russel T Davies (‘Queer as Folk’, ‘Doctor Who’), and follows the story of a family over the course of fifteen years to measure the impact of a politician’s beliefs on them. The show premieres in the UK on BBC One while HBO handles the airing in the United States. Simon Cellan Jones and Lisa Mulcahy have directed the series. Jones also executive produces the show alongside Michaela Fereday, Lucy Richer and Nicola Shindler. Karen Lewis serves as the producer.
Years and Years Cast: Who’s in It?
At the centre of the story of ‘Years and Years’ is Vivienne Rook, portrayed by Emma Thompson, a successful businesswoman who turns her eyes towards politics. One of the best British actresses (or of the whole world, for that matter) of all time, Thompson is known for playing roles that don’t usually conform to gender norms. She is the winner of two Academy Awards — one for Best Actress, one for Best Adapted Screenplay, one Primetime Emmy, three BAFTAs and two Golden Globes. Some of her best-known works include her roles in ‘Howard’s End’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘In the Name of the Father’, ‘The Remains of the Day’, ‘Harry Potter series’, ‘Nanny McPhee’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘Men in Black 3’, ‘Saving Mr Banks’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Oliver Award winner, Rory Kinnear plays the role of Stephen Lyons, who works as a financial advisor. He has also worked in ‘The Casual Vacancy’, ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Count Arthur Strong’, ‘Southcliff’, the ‘Bond’ movies — ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Sky Fall’, ‘Spectre’, ‘Trespass Against Us’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Broken’. T’Nia Miller portrays the character of Stephen’s wife, Celeste Bisme-Lyons. She is known for her roles in films and TV shows like ‘Hatton Garden’, ‘Marcella’, ‘Witless’, ‘Born to Kill’, ‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Guilt’, ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Cry Me A River’.
Russell Tovey is cast in the role of Stephen’s younger brother, Daniel Lyons. He is best known for his role of George Sands, a werewolf, in the supernatural drama, ‘Being Human’. He has also worked in ‘Quantico’, ‘Banished’, ‘Looking’, ‘The Job Lot’, ‘The Dog Rescuers’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘Doctor Who Confidential’, ‘Him and Her’, ‘Little Dorrit’ and ‘Mindhorn’.
Two times BAFTA winner Jessica Hynes plays the role of Daniel and Stephen’s sister, Edith. She works as a political activist. She has also worked in ‘Spaced’, ‘The Royle Family’, ‘Paddington 2’, ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’ and ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, ‘There She Goes’ and ‘Doctor Who’. Ruth Madeley plays the role of the youngest Lyon sibling, Rosie. She has appeared in films and TV shows such as ‘Ashes’, ‘Katy’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘The Level’, ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Half Moon Investigations’.
Anna Reid appears in the role of Muriel Deacon, their grandmother. She is a veteran who has worked in a great number of films and TV shows while gaining a reputation for her work in the theatre. Some of her acting credits are ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Dinnerladies’, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, ‘The Mother’, ‘The Snowman’, ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’.
Dino Fetscher plays the role of Ralph Cousins. His acting credits include titles like ‘Humans’, ‘Paranoid’, ‘Iscariot’, ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’. Lydia West (‘The Cycle’) stars as Bethany, one of Stephen and Celeste’s daughter. The role of the younger daughter, Ruby, is played by Jade Alleyne. She has worked in ‘4 O’Clock Club’, ‘The Lodge’, ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘Ultimate Brain’. Maxim Baldry plays the role of Viktor Goraya, a Ukrainian refugee. He is known for his roles in ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Mr Bean’s Holiday’ and ‘Rome’.
Years and Years Plot: What’s It About?
Vivienne Rook is a charismatic politician. She was a businesswoman before she switched careers. She is known for her radical, if not outrageous, views on major political issues and has succeeded in gaining the attention of the media and the whole country owing to her interviews and the jaw-dropping statements she makes in them. Alongside, we see the story of the Lyons family. The four siblings — Stephen, Daniel, Edith, and Rosie — have normal lives with normal problems. They go about their usual business like everyone else. However, the world is changing around them, bit by bit. The growing influence of Rook in the politics of the country is a testament to that. While they joke about it now, in fifteen years, they’ll look back and wonder where the red sirens had started to go off.
Years and Years Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘Years and Years’ Season 1 premiered on May 14, 2019 in the UK on BBC One. It released on HBO on June 24, 2019. The series has already received a lot of praise for coming up with a story that takes the current political state of the world and presents a critique of where we are headed to. The humour blended with the seriousness of the issues only amplifies the effect, as it delivers a story that is as important as it is entertaining. The performance of the cast was equally applauded, for the ease of the actors to bring something to their characters that the viewers can relate to.
As far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though considering how well the show has been received, we would be surprised if it doesn’t get another season. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, ‘Years and Years’ Season 2 can release sometime in May, 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
Years and Years Trailer:
If you were separating yourself from politics because you think it is too shi**y for you to indulge in, or maybe because you think it doesn’t affect you that much, then ‘Years and Years’ will change your opinion. You can catch all its episodes on HBO. Watch the ‘Years and Years’ Season 1 trailer here to see what you’re getting into:
Read More: Best Political Movies on Netflix