The BEST Episodes of This Life
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Network: BBC Two
In This Life, a group of attractive, badly-behaved lawyers live in a posh house in London and spend their time engaged in emotional crises, usually over wanting to sleep with each other. It was a British thirtysomething, Friends, and Ally McBeal all rolled into one. Shot mainly in jerky close-ups and intercut with trendy music of the time, it had gained huge ratings by the end of the decade. - In 2004 a South African version of This Life (closely based on the UK series and story) was filmed and screened on SABC3 TV for 10 months.
#1 - Cheap Thrills
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 6, 1996
Milly starts working late with O'Donnell. Egg's father Jerry arrives at the house needing a place to stay. Anna gets drunk and goes wild at the chambers party.
#2 - Coming Together
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 18, 1996
Anna applies for a tenancy at a barristers' chambers and finds her old flame, Miles, on the interview panel. She is tempted to repeat their one-night stand to improve her chances of getting taken on, but Milly warns against it. Having declined his offer of sex, Anna fails to get the job and blames Miles. She decides to get her revenge by moving into the new house he is sharing with Milly and Egg. Milly gets her first outing as a qualified solicitor and finds herself humiliated by an eccentric client. While Warren achieves his life's ambitions by landing a job at the same firm, Egg is left wondering how on earth he ever got chosen.
#3 - Living Dangerously
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 1, 1996
Egg is invited to work on a medical negligence case. The client, McCleary, has cancer which he believes was caused by experimental drugs he was given as a child. Fascinated by the case, Egg finally begins to take an interest in his work. Milly warns him against becoming too personally involved, but when McCleary commits suicide, Egg is devastated and behaves unprofessionally in front of his boss. Suddenly his work as a lawyer seems utterly meaningless. Delilah has started to create havoc in the house, invading other people's space and â€˜borrowing' their things. Warren realizes that she is bulimic and tries to help her, but Delilah takes advantage of his sympathy to rip him off. Miles begins to worry and confesses his concerns to Anna. When she tells him what she really thinks of Delilah, he accuses her of being jealous. After a night out drinking, the friends return to the house to find they have been burgled. The obvious suspect is Delilah.
#4 - Happy Families
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 25, 1996
After landing the job of his dreams, Warren needs a place to live. Anna starts squatting at chambers. Her first case is a housing benefit fraud involving an unlikely couple called Truelove (Keith-Lee Castle) and Delilah (Charlotte Bicknell). Delilah proves to be a head case and a complete liability. Dishonest and manipulative, she flirts with Miles and ends up having sex with him in the toilet. Egg is finding his new job claustrophobic and is irritated by Warren's apparent drive and confidence. He becomes alarmed when he sees the advert for the spare room in the house, but when Warren explains just how grateful he is for his job, a guilty Egg decides he should be invited to move in. Just as Warren is beginning to relax, his brash teenage cousin, Kira, shows up hoping he will get her a job. Terrified that she will find out he is gay and tell his parents, he tries to fob her off. But Kira is made of resilient stuff and gets a job as a temp at his firm anyway. Egg shows further signs
#5 - Brief Encounter
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 29, 1996
Jo is hurt when Anna shrugs off a drunken one-night stand.
#6 - Let's Get It On
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 3, 1996
The House throws a big party to celebrate Jerry getting a publisher for his book. Miles and Anna sleep together.
#7 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 24, 1997
Anna and Miles have to work together on the same case where there are two defendants. Anna sees a way to save her client, but only by condemning Miles.
#8 - The Bi Who Came In From The Cold
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 31, 1997
Miles tells his colleagues at work Anna is not suited for tenancy. Miles places an ad in the Lonely Hearts column. Ferdy seems to always be around at the house.
#9 - How To Get In Bed By Advertising
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 1997
Miles gets dozens of responses to his Lonely Hearts ad. Egg begins his new job in a cafe. Warren gets arrested while cruising the park for men.
#10 - Small Town Boys
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 14, 1997
O'Donnell sacks Warren and warns Milly about defending her friend.
#11 - Who's That Girl?
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 19, 1997
We meet Miles' new love.
#12 - Sex, Lies and Muesli Yoghurt
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 8, 1996
Anna resorts to devious means to get rid of Miles's liability of a girlfriend, Delilah. Warren is trying hard to be sympathetic but loses his cool when his muesli yoghurt keeps disappearing from the fridge. Egg,unable to talk about his crisis at work, feigns a groin strain to avoid having sex with an increasingly frustrated Milly. Meanwhile, at chambers, she is dealing with a burglar claiming to the innocent victim of assault. Miles begins to realize that accepting the fraud case was a big mistake. When his boss suggests he go to his father for inside information, he realizes why he got the case in the first place and feels that he has sold out on all his principles. The tide of opinion finally forces Delilah out of the house. Anna finds a needle in the bedroom. When Warren advises him to get an AIDS test, Miles loses his temper and shows homophobic tendencies..
#13 - Last Tango In Southwark
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 17, 1997
Egg gambles with the kitty, in a vain attempt to make some money. First appearance of Rachel, the new lawyer who arrives at Moore, Spencer and Wright. Anna see Miles chatting up another woman and throws a glass of beer over him.
#14 - Fantasy Football
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 15, 1996
Paranoid that he may be HIV positive, Miles is paying for his latest sexual conquest. He apologizes to everyone in the house for his behaviour over Delilah, then like a man on his way to the gallows, he goes with Warren to find Delilah and persuade her to have an AIDS test. Meanwhile, Egg has another emotional outburst at work and threatens to murder the photocopier. Boss O'Donnell suggests he should get some counselling. Initially dismissing the idea, Egg ends up going in desperation to see Warren's therapist. Anna is not getting enough work at the chambers. She goes to a party intending to seduce any solicitors who might supply her with cases, but the interest she gets is not quite what she had in mind.
#15 - Family Outing
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 22, 1996
Warren is having problems keeping his active sex life secret from his over-friendly, indiscreet cousin Kira. His housemates swear not to tell her he is gay but, when she falls out with her step-father and insists on spending more time with him, it becomes too much to bear. Milly is finding Egg's newfound leisure increasingly hard to put up with, especially as he does not seem interested in her any more. She turns to a self-help book for support, but it is Anna who engineers a special dinner to get them in the mood. Miles discovers that his father, Montgomery,knows more than he is admitting about the fraud case, but Miles is put in his place when he tries to persuade him to stand as a witness. Meanwhile, Kira has taken to following Warren on his moonlight walks in the park and when she â€˜saves'him,claiming he was being attacked by a man, he decides it is time to come clean. However, back at the house, Warren's soldier brother Dale arrives and Warren knows that it will be a lot more diffi
#16 - Just Sex
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 13, 1996
Warren meets a biker courier named Ferdy. The two have a great night but Ferdy doesn't want to know Warren the next day. Dale, Warren's brother, can't handle the fact that Warren's gay.
#17 - Father Figure
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 20, 1996
Anna sleeps with Jerry. Milly and O'Donnell's relationship begins to become more than professional.
#18 - Unusual Suspect
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 21, 1997
Warren has to take part in a police line up and face court. Jo and Kira's romance develops. Warren decides to leave England.
#19 - He's Leaving Home
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 28, 1997
Warren decides he's going to Australia. The House has to decide who to give Warren's old room to.
#20 - Room With a Queue
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 8, 1997
Both Ferdy and Rachel are both after Warren's room at the house. Without consulting the rest of the House, Miles promises the room to Rachel. When the others hear about it, they all vote for Ferdy as their new house-mate and he moves in.
#21 - Men Behaving Sadly
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 15, 1997
Ferdy loses his cool at his ex-fiancee's house and smashes her new boyfriend's car.
#22 - When the Dope Comes In
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 22, 1997
Milly passes up a trip with O'Donnell to Paris and Rachel takes her place.
#23 - She's Gotta Get It
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired May 29, 1997
It's Anna's big day, the vote on her tenancy.
#24 - The Plumber Always Rings Twice
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 5, 1997
Ferdy has an encounter with the plumber, could it be romance?
#25 - Wish You Were Queer
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 12, 1997
Anna has dinner (and more) with her lesbian friend.