BBC America Announces New Series, “THE LIVING AND THE DEAD”

As we come away from the second season of ORPHAN BLACK and ready for new DOCTOR WHO and the premiere of the eerie-looking INTRUDERS, BBC America and BBC One have announced plans for a new period genre series set in the age of Spiritualism and the Society for Psychical Research. 

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (not based on Simon Rumley’s tremendous,devastating film)—written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writers of LIFE ON MARS, ASHES TO ASHES and ETERNAL LAW—is set in  Somerset, England, 1888.

“A land and a community on the edge of monumental change, on the great hinge between ancient traditional ways and an industrial, scientific future. A land of ghosts and myths, poltergeists and demons – if there was ever a time for those ghosts to rise out of the ground, this would be that time.  At the heart of this small community is Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. In the new original drama, this complex and compelling man will investigate hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations, encouraged by the Society for Psychical Research. But as these terrifying investigations become ever more frequent and ever more scary, Nathan starts to see and hear disturbing things that he simply cannot have imagined. Will Nathan’s interest in the occult begin to threaten his family, his livelihood and even his sanity?”

Rural England? Conflict of a new age and old superstition? Folk Horror is alive and I cannot wait. Writer-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham say, “We are as excited about this show as anything since LIFE ON MARS and ASHES TO ASHES– we want it to be moving, tender, sensual…and very, very scary.”

Expect more on THE LIVING AND THE DEAD at Fango as it develops.


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