AFTERLIFE SERIES 1

Created by Stephen Volk
Written by Stephen Volk, Charlie Fletcher
(ITV1, 2005) (6 x 1hrs)
*Golden Nymph Monte Carlo TV Festival Best Actress in a Drama - Lesley Sharp
*Golden Nymph Monte Carlo TV Festival Best European Producer - Murray Ferguson
*Royal Television Society Best Actress - Lesley Sharp
*Hamilton Deane Award (Dracula Society) - Lesley Sharp 

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Series 1 DVD also contains commentary with Stephen Volk, Lesley Sharp, Andrew Lincoln and Murray Ferguson

This chilling paranormal thriller series enters the world of the dead to answer questions about the living. Robert Bridge is a psychology lecturer grieving the loss of his son Josh who was killed in a car accident. A specialist in the study of mediums, Robert's teaching work brings him into conflict with Alison Mundy, a far cry from the frauds and attention-seekers he is accustomed to. She has seen spirits since childhood and after a near-death experience they have taken over her life. Now driven by a compulsion to help those around her, Alison seeks to resolve relationships torn apart by death. The troubled medium and the even more troubled psychologist embark on a journey together, neither knowing where it will lead...

Alison Mundy.........................Lesley Sharp
Robert Bridge........................Andrew Lincoln
Jude.....................................Anna Wilson-Jones
Barbara................................Kate Duchene

"At last I can put my hand on my heart and give an unqualified cheer to a new primetime British drama series... Terrific television" The Guardian

"Set to be one of those riveting shows that you watch with one hand over your eyes. Stephen Volk (has) set up a brilliant, simmering tension between the reluctant medium and her arrogant, but troubled critic" Daily Star

"Pull your sofa a few feet away from the wall before you watch the next episode because you'll need somewhere to hide" Matt Bayliss, Daily Express

"Unmissable" Mail on Sunday

"A taut and snappy spine tingler... High quality supernatural drama"  Alison Graham, Radio Times

"Afterlife is a particularly intelligent and brilliantly effective part of the apparent post-millennial upsurge in ghost stories"  Steven Savile (Fantastic TV)

"Afterlife was a game-changer for me. To watch a series unfold that so defiantly defeated the notion that supernatural drama was moribund was a joy beyond measure. The seamless blend of creepy horror, heart breaking tenderness, all over the background hum of such serious intellectual exploration on the nature of life and death, secured this exquisitely written gem its place as a milestone in British television drama. to say I loved it is the understatement of the century. I savoured every single gripping. tragic and beautiful minute of it. The only thing I hated is that Stephen Volk wrote it and I didn't. The utter bastard."  Muriel Gray

"An amazing and wonderful show, deep and emotional - a true original"  Mick Garris 

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Ep 1: "More Than Meets the Eye"
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Maurice Phillips

 

Sceptical psychology lecturer Robert Bridge takes one of his classes to a local evening of clairvoyance to show them "up close and personal" how it is all based on fakery and self-delusion. But the evening sets off a chilling chain of events when one student is told by the medium, Alison Mundy, that the spirit of a woman is standing behind her.

Veronica Vass.........................CoraHorgan
Jen........................................Rhian Grundy
Phil........................................Joe Anderson
James....................................Rasmus Hardiker
Mr Yearsley.............................Oscar James
Mrs Yearsley...........................Jay Bird
Arthur Rose............................Colin Proctor
Clive Gilman............................Sandy Welch
Josh.......................................Joshua David-Kennedy

Ep 2: "Lower Than Bones"
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Maurice Phillips

After she sees the startling apparition of a girl in a supermarket, Alison tries to aid the police who are searching for the missing child. Initially dismissive of her claims, especially after talking to Robert, the investigating officer starts to find himself unwillingly drawn to believing Alison's assertions, when he has nowhere else to turn.

Det Insp Felix George...............Adrian Lester
Ray Tufnell..............................Kevin Doyle
Liz Tufnell...............................Clare Cathcart
Carly......................................Ellen Howard
Stace.....................................Sarah-Jayne Steed
Donald Bardo..........................Daniel Flynn

Ep 3: "Daniel One & Two"
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Charles Beeson

 

Taken by Robert to a psychiatric wing to discuss her medical history, Alison meets a young man who insists he is innocent of attacking his girlfriend and that the culprit is a violent doppelganger: his childhood imaginary friend. Is the boy schizophrenic as the doctors claim, or is there a supernatural force at work?

Sheila Rabey...........................Saskia Reeves
Daniel Rabey...........................Nicholas Shaw
Chris Rabey............................Steven Elder
Daniel Two..............................Rhodri Meilir

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Ep 4: "Misdirection"
Written by Charlie Fletcher
Directed by Martyn Friend

Eager for her life to have some semblance of normality, Alison, an ex-nurse, gets a job at a nursing home, where she is shocked to find one of the patients is Robert's mother, suffering tragically from Alzheimer's disease. But another nurse, Conor, soon proves that it's not so easy for Alison to be free of the spirits of the dead.

Conor McClune........................Mark Benton
Jenny.....................................Rosemary Leach
Ben Varcoe.............................Mark Bonnar
Ellen Turton............................Susan Engel

Ep 5: "Sleeping with the Dead"
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Martyn Friend

After Alison is contacted by a young woman who believes her flat is haunted, she and Robert stay overnight in the place to assess whether the haunting is real. Alison is assaulted by the nightmarish experience of a woman being murdered: and, to his astonishment, Robert feels something too. But there is a sting in the tale that has them both reeling, the fall-out from which threatens to break apart their working relationship forever.

Sandra Petch...........................Nikki Amuka-Bird
Bald Man.................................Paul Brennan
Chinese Woman.......................Ting Ting Hu
Brendan Page..........................John Sheahan
Maslansky...............................William Roberts
Charlie....................................Jacob Szafarz

Ep 6: "The 7.59 Club"
Written by Stephen Volk
Directed by Charles Beeson

Alison is tracked down by the survivors of the terrible train crash that she was involved in several years ago. She is asked by their leader, Irene Moser, to conduct a séance to help them communicate with their lost loved ones. Alison confides to Robert that she is terrified to revisit the past where she so nearly died. Will it, as Irene promises, provide her with much needed closure, too? Or will it enable Death, so narrowly avoided, to have a second chance?

Irene Moser.............................Phillida Law
Abel Ngowi..............................Ewaart James Walters
Eddie Balfour...........................Joe Hall
Jean Fast................................Veronica Roberts
Mark.......................................Martin Savage
Louise....................................Amanda St John
Laurence Moser.......................Colin George

Series Producer: Murray Ferguson
Head of Development: Petra Fried
Development Executive: Andy Baker
A Clerkenwell Films Production

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