If, five years ago, someone speculated that there would be a pandemic that would see over 400,000 lives lost within just four months and half of the world under lockdown, it might have sounded too far-fetched to be real. It’s a scenario out of a dystopian nightmare… much like six-part British miniseries Years And Years.
This drama 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 during the 15 years over which viewers follow them.
Launching into the series, 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’s ignorant, tone-deaf and pretty much doesn’t care about the well-being of others. The Lyons family are swept up in their belief that she will bring about positive changes to their society but Vivienne, is gearing up to run their country to the ground.