Russell T. Davies’s Years and Years came to an end last night and finished with a touching tribute to Andrew Smith, but who was he?

Years and Years, Russell T. Davies’s latest creation, joins a family of ordinary people as we fast-forward through the years to explore the possibilities of the future, good and bad.

The series came to an end last night after six fascinating if somewhat quirky episodes.

The final episode finished with a touching tribute to Andrew Smith but who was he and what was the reason for the tribute?

What is Years and Years all about?

The series, which is the latest work from former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies, takes a speculative (we hope) look at what our immediate future might well look like.

We follow a seemingly ordinary family as they come to terms with the struggles of life as an outspoken and controversial businesswoman turned politician works her way into power. 

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Despite taking us into the future, the series has some quite poignant messages about our current political and ideological situation which definitely helps it resonate with viewers as the series fast-forwards its way over the next 15 years.

Who was Andrew Smith?

As mentioned earlier, the final episode pays tribute to Andrew Smith, but just who was he?

Smith is the late husband of the Years and Years writer Russell T. Davies. 

The pair had been together for over 20 years and married in 2012. 

Andrew had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 and sadly passed away as a result in 2018.

The former Doctor Who writer took a two-year break from writing to take care of his late husband. Years and Years is his first work to hit the BBC since then.

If you missed Years and Years as it aired, it is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. 

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