BBC Greenlights Ghost Drama ‘The Living and the Dead’

The hour-long drama from the creators of “Life on Mars” will follow a paranormal investigator in 1880s England

BBC America and BBC One announced the new supernatural series “The Living and the Dead” about a reluctant gentleman farmer obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife.

The one-hour drama set in 1888 England is written and created by  Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writers of “Life on Mars,” “Ashes To Ashes” and “Eternal Law.”

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The series follows Nathan Appleby as he investigates hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations in Somerset, England.

Pharoah and Graham will executive producer for Monastic Productions. Faith Penhale, head of BBC Wales Drama Production will also executive produce, along with Katie McAleese for BBC Wales Drama Production.

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Production on the first six-episode season will commence next year in the West Country of England. No cast has been announced yet.

“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,” Pharoah and Graham said in a statement.