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 it 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 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’.