'Life' reunion rating underwhelms


LONDON -- Amy Jenkins' "This Life" made a muted return to BBC2 screens Tuesday evening, attracting just 3.4 million viewers and a 14% share as the characters reunited for a one-off special.

The special finished third in its time slot behind BBC1 entertainment show "The Two of Us" and a repeat of ITV comedy clips show "Denis Norden Presents."

Set a decade after the series twentysomething lawyers shared a house together, the reunion saw Egg, Milly, Anna, Miles and Warren meet for a funeral and reassess their life choices.

The show, which was cult viewing when it aired in the late '90s, offered a defiantly unsentimental take on the lives of a group of ambitious lawyers who were as busy taking drugs and having sex as they were winning cases.

U.K. broadcasters have recently had a run of successes with one-off specials of successful television franchises from the '80s and '90s.

The BBC's success with "Doctor Who" led to the recent launch of spinoff series "Torchwood," which features John Barrowman as the head of an alien investigation agency. ITV, meanwhile, has won audiences and plaudits for the final "Prime Suspect" as well as a new episode of crime psychodrama "Cracker."