“What lies beneath should be left beneath”

Somerset, 1894. A house that’s almost as old as the English countryside itself. A brilliant young couple inherit the farm and are determined to start a new life together. But their presence in this isolated corner of England starts to unleash strange, unsettling and dangerous supernatural phenomena that will start to threaten their marriage.

This is a drama steeped in the eeriness of the rural world at the moment when the industrial revolution came crashing in to disrupt all the old certainties. Uncanny, intriguing, disturbing. At the series’ heart is the love story of Nathan and Charlotte Appleby: deeply in love with each other but put under extraordinary pressure, they will have to fight to save their marriage and their home.

Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Glue, Stonemouth) will star as Nathan and Charlotte Appleby in BBC’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Living and the Dead. The six-part thriller is set in Victorian rural England.

The Living and the Dead is one of those scripts that you read and are instantly compelled and engaged by,” Colin said. “It’s intelligent, chilling and engrossing, it’s going to be very special and I can’t wait to start working on it with the wonderful creative team.”

Charlotte said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to appear in a period drama and they don’t come better than this – fantastic, original scripts and, in Charlotte Appleby, a superb character who’s strong, passionate and gutsy. Couple this with an incredible director, crew and cast, I can’t wait to get started!”

The Living and the Dead is penned Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writers of Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes and Eternal Law. Director Alice Troughton (Merlin, In the Flesh) is at the helm. Alice has also directed episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures (although she is not related to the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton).

Filming has just commenced.

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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