New BBC Series Explores The Living and the Dead

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bbcamericalivingdeadBBC AMERICA and BBC One have announced the new series The Living and the Dead, written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writers of Life on Mars, Ashes To Ashes and Eternal Law.

The synopsis:

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?

Writer-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham says: “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.”

The series will shoot in the West Country of England next year and casting will be announced in due course.