Mike Bartlett is set to write a new series centred on the tenants of a large divided house in Manchester.
Life follows four separate stories from each of the flats highlighting what happens when people connect with others and the human capacity to change, love and care.
The saga will be produced by award winning production company Drama Republic whose credits include Black Earth Rising, Wanderlust and Doctor Foster.
“It’s hugely exciting to be working with Drama Republic and the BBC again,” said Bartlett.
“To tell a brand new, epic story about seemingly 'ordinary' people who turn out to be anything but.”
“Mike’s talent for creating extraordinary characters and recognising powerful truths in ordinary life singles him out as one of the most popular compelling writers of our age,” commented Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.
“Life is the perfect vessel for all of that talent.”
Roanna Benn and Jude Liknaitzky, Drama Republic, added: “We are so happy to be reunited with Mike and the BBC after making Doctor Foster together.
“Once again Mike has written a gripping, page-turning, roller-coaster ride of a drama which explores the big things in life in the most exciting and surprising of ways.”
The six-part series will begin filming in Manchester during Spring with casting to be announced at a later date.