BBC One has given the greenlight to The Living And The Dead, a six episode supernatural drama series from Eternal Law creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham which is being co-produced by BBC America.
The Living And The Dead is set in Somerset, England, in 1888 and revolves around a community which is on the edge of monumental change from ancient traditional to an industrial scientific future. The drama follows Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. He investigates the hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations that are plaguing the community. Before long 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?
The series hails from Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who previously collaborated on such dramas as Eternal Law, Ashes To Ashes and Life On Mars. The Living And The Dead is being produced by BBC Wales Drama production in association with Monastic Productions and BBC America. The executive producers are Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham, Faith Penhale and Katie McAleese for BBC Wales Drama Production. Casting for the series is currently underway for a projected early 2015 production start. BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution.
“From the creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes exciting new fantasy series The Living And The Dead, steeped in real history and mythology that will scare the audience and awaken the dead”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned The Living And The Dead alongside the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson.