Is Better based on a true story? | The Sun
14th February 2023

THE BBC have unleashed their latest crime drama, Better.

The series brings with it a gripping storyline, which may have some viewers wondering if it is based on real life events.

Is Better based on a true story?

BBC's Better explores the complex and powerful bonds of loyalty and family, set in a world where everyone has their own version of “right” and “wrong”.

Examining the power of human conscience, viewers follow DI Lou Slack’s epic battle towards redemption, by bringing down Col McHugh – the man she has come to love like a brother and the man she has helped place at the head of the Leeds criminal underworld.

But while Col is a dangerous enemy to make, Lou’s biggest battle may yet be with herself. 

Despite the gripping nature of the plot, Better is entirely fictional, and not based on real life events.

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Is Better based on a book?

The plot of Better isn't based on a book, the script was written as an original for the BBC.

The five-part series was written by the talented duo Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.

The pair are best known for the TV shows Spooks, and Humans.

Speaking about the show, Sam told the BBC: "Better explores a few themes, but the topmost one is morality.

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"It is about good and bad. It is the exploration of a bad person trying to become good and how difficult that is.

"And if that's even possible, really, and what good and bad means, how people feel about themselves in different ways."

Who is in the cast of Better?

Better brings with it an incredible all star cast.

The line-up of actors includes:

  • DI Lou Slack played by Leila Farzad
  • Col McHugh played by Andrew Buchan
  • Ceri played by Samuel Edward-Cook
  • Owen played by Zak Ford-Williams
  • Esther played by Olivia Nakintu
  • Vernon played by Anton Lesser
  • Sandy played by Lucy Black
  • Donal played by Ceallach Spellmam
  • Bulgey played by Garry Cooper
  • Lord Roy played by Mark Monero

How can I watch Better?

Better continues on Monday nights at 9pm on BBC One.

The series is a five-parter, and will conclude on March 13, 2023.

But if you can't wait, all episodes have been uploaded to the BBC iPlayer.

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