The BBC have announced three new dramas for BBC One.
The Living and The Dead is billed as a ‘supernatural period drama’ from the writers of Ashes to Ashes.
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 BBC One’s 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?
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, says: “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.”
Writer-creators, Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, add: “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 BBC have also ordered a four-part drama from Sugar Rush writer Katie Baxendale The synopsis for From Darkness reads: When Clare Church left the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in the mid-90s, she turned her back on a world of misogyny and chauvinism, where it seemed you had to think and act like a man to succeed in a man’s world.
Ignored in the office and second place in her relationship with her married DI, Clare found solace instead on the remote island of Canna, with her new man, Norrie, and daughter Megan.
Now, as four bodies from Clare’s past investigations are unearthed, Clare finds herself getting pulled back in to a world she’d long since left behind and a case that only she can solve.
Battling her own demons, Clare feels the dual pull of a vocation that sustained her and a man she once loved… but can she protect herself from the darkness this time?
Finally the channel has announced a single drama entitled A Song for Jenny is based the true story of a mother who lost her daughter in the London Bombings in 2005 starring Emily Watson.
Adapted from Julie Nicholson’s book, Frank McGuiness’s script is a moving and precise exploration of a mother’s responses, from the moment she hears about the attacks, to the news that her daughter is missing, to the confirmation that Jenny is among the dead.
The emotionally detailed drama explores the profound impact of violence on one woman and a family. Julie and her family experience hope, denial, acceptance of grim reality, the anguish of grief and a final desire not to be broken and to honour Jenny.
July 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks. A Song For Jenny will be an iconic contribution to mark that event, exploring a real life story that will speak to the nation and touch on other personal memories of that tragic day.
No casting details have been announced as of yet for From Darkness and The Living And the Dead.