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The Living and the Dead 2016

  • 2016-12-06T21:00:00+00:00s at 2016-12-06T21:00:00+00:00 on BBC One
  • 2016-06-28T21:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
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.

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I really wanted to love this. I love Colin Morgan, so very much, and the idea of a him in a horror/suspense themed period drama sounded great. But I just couldn't come at it, the show has fantastic bones and is rather brilliant in many episodes, but it was hard to follow at times, and difficult to see where it was going to go. Ofcourse the acting is on point, Colin is a wonder as always, but the show itself, needed work. I'm not surprised it wasn't picked up for a second season.

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Very atmospheric gothic chiller.
Prudes be warned, there's a fair bit of flesh flashed for a period drama . . .
On a side note, I'm always amazed to hear Colin Morgan speaking in his harsh native Norn Oirish!

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