Ashley Pharaoh and Matthew Graham, co-creators and writer of Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, and Eternal Law, are pairing up once again to write a new series, titled The Living and the Dead, for BBC America and BBC One.
The new series will be set in Somerset, England, in 1888, focusing on “a land and a community on the edge of monumental change, on the great hinge between ancient traditional ways and an industrial, scientific future,” according to a press release. Furthermore, the show is about “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.”
The new original drama will follow Appleby as he investigates hauntings and all things paranormal/ghostly until one question could end his work: “Will Nathan’s interest in the occult begin to threaten his family, his livelihood and even his sanity?”
“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,” Pharaoh and Graham said in a press release.
The Living and the Dead will shoot in the West Country of England next year. No casting announcements have been made as of yet.