The BEST Episodes of This Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2019

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.

Cheap Thrills

#1 - Cheap Thrills

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Nigel Douglas
Writers: Matthew Graham
Living Dangerously

#2 - Living Dangerously

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 ‘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.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Amy Jenkins
Happy Families

#3 - Happy Families

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Amy Jenkins
Brief Encounter

#4 - Brief Encounter

Season 1 - Episode 7

Jo is hurt when Anna shrugs off a drunken one-night stand.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Audrey Cooke
Writers: Patrick Wilde
Let's Get It On

#5 - Let's Get It On

Season 1 - Episode 11

The House throws a big party to celebrate Jerry getting a publisher for his book. Miles and Anna sleep together.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Nigel Douglas
Writers: Amy Jenkins
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

#6 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
The Bi Who Came In From The Cold

#7 - The Bi Who Came In From The Cold

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Matthew Graham
How To Get In Bed By Advertising

#8 - How To Get In Bed By Advertising

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Matthew Graham
Small Town Boys

#9 - Small Town Boys

Season 2 - Episode 5

O'Donnell sacks Warren and warns Milly about defending her friend.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Dominic Lees
Writers: Mark Davies Markham
Who's That Girl?

#10 - Who's That Girl?

Season 2 - Episode 14

We meet Miles' new love.

star 8.00
1 votes
Last Tango In Southwark

#11 - Last Tango In Southwark

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
Fantasy Football

#12 - Fantasy Football

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Audrey Cooke
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
Sex, Lies and Muesli Yoghurt

#13 - Sex, Lies and Muesli Yoghurt

Season 1 - Episode 4

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..

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Audrey Cooke
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
Family Outing

#14 - Family Outing

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 ‘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

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Audrey Cooke
Writers: Patrick Wilde
Just Sex

#15 - Just Sex

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Nigel Douglas
Writers: Matthew Graham
Father Figure

#16 - Father Figure

Season 1 - Episode 10

Anna sleeps with Jerry. Milly and O'Donnell's relationship begins to become more than professional.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Nigel Douglas
Writers: Amy Jenkins
Coming Together

#17 - Coming Together

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 6.92
12 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Amy Jenkins