'Years And Years' creator Russell T Davies says 'vast primitive corporations are destroying the planet' (exclusive)

Years And Years (Credit: BBC1)

Russell T Davies says corporations are destroying the planet.

The celebrated writer told Yahoo Movies UK this during an interview about his dystopian drama Years And Years which airs on BBC1 tonight.

The show focuses on the Lyons family and how their lives and the world changes dramatically over 15 years after one fateful night in 2019.

In this dystopian version of Britain, Davies invented some new technology for the family to use though in real life he doesn’t believe our use of tech and increased energy consumption is the main reason for the planet’s decline in health.

“I actually don't think technology is destroying the planet,” the writer explains. “It’s the vast primitive corporations that are destroying the planet and paying millions to political lobbyists to keep all their power.

“It’s the technologies I think that might save us.”

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Years And Years (Credit: BBC1)

Davies, known for his work on Queer as Folk and Doctor Who, says that he had fun coming up with the new technology for Years And Years.

“I'd love to have had a fleet of experts but someone would draw a line on the budget and suddenly the experts would disappear,” he says. “So it was just me but it was kind of stuff that naturally pops up.

“I observed everyone loving their Snapchat filters where they bizarrely like making themselves look like dogs so, you think, ‘well, let's let's just push that forward a little bit.’

“There's a fun side to it though it's not just fun,” Davies continues. “Because what Bethany [in the show] actually does with her face photo is hide behind it which adds sadness to the story.

“In this show, there is a marriage of technology and character in that the technology is either used to help someone working their way through life or help the family be a lot closer than they perhaps were previously, rather than, necessarily, technology be something to fear or to deaden or to deny humanity. It actually helps that helps to evolve humanity.”

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(left to right) T'Nia Miller, Rory Kinnear, Anne Reid, Russell T Davies, Ruth Madeley, Simon Cellan Jones, Nicola Shindler and Russell Tovey at a photo call for Years and Years during the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival at the BFI Southbank, London. (Credit: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)

Anne Reid, who plays Lyons family matriarch Muriel Deacon, has a more love-hate relationship with technology.

“I could bore you to death all morning with pictures of my grandchildren, videos of them skiing and it's wonderful,” Reid says of smart devices. “But it's very frustrating as my eyesight is not great and sometimes you can't quite see what you’re supposed to so I have to resist throwing the f**king thing up!”

Reid also says she has issues with being sent electronic scripts.

“I’ve said to my agent I can't read a script [on a device] because I press the wrong thing and it goes back to the beginning so I just want to scream,” she explains. “So it's a mixture but it's here to stay and it's not going to go away.”

Rory Kinnear and T’Nia Miller play married couple Stephen Lyons and Celeste Bisme-Lyons and describe what to expect for their family in the show.

“As I hope you would expect from the script, there are plenty of ups for each character and for Stephen some significant downs,” Kinnear says. “What I think is fantastic about the series is that it looks at this imagined future and this ecological, technological and political battle through the framework of how these siblings and their grandmother and their kids all essentially adapt and survive.

“Stephen has great adaptability,” he continues. “He's still there at the end of it wiser and older and uglier, but he has navigated his way through and it's not easy.

A lot of people would prefer some of the things that we’re enduring as both a nation and globally not to be happening but what the show does is show us that these things are navigable if we're open to adapting.”

“I think they come up as roses at the end I think they are more beautiful than when they started,” Miller says. “Yes, they're wiser but there's such a depth to them. They get so stripped back of everything that they have to really look at themselves and see the ugly and see beautiful and I think they win. I think they both win.”

Years And Years premieres tonight, Tuesday 14th May at 9pm on BBC1. The six-part series will air weekly.