In Review: The Living And The Dead

Psychologist Nathan is faced with a disturbing and eerie case, a girl manifesting terrible voices belonging to the dead.

Synopsis: Psychologist Nathan is faced with a disturbing and eerie case, a girl manifesting terrible voices belonging to the dead.

Review: In this new BBC drama Colin Morgan plays a psychologist who has moved to his grandmothers farm in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of his practice in London.

His peace is soon disturbed when the case of a young girl called Harriet reels its head and brings forth some rather disturbing happenings.

Despite the protests of his wife Nathan (Colin Morgan) becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of what is disturbing Harriet.

When Harriet starts to channel the voice of a former criminal. Things take on a very disturbing turn as things around the farm begin to go horribly wrong.

This first episode of what is a six part series does a lot to introduce the characters and the relationship between Nathan and his wife.

The characters for the most part are really likeable, but don’t get to attached.  The first episode sees two deaths. One of which is under mysterious circumstance.

The acting performances are really solid and it is helped with a wonderful Celtic music score, which does a lot of to help punctuate some of the more dramatic beats.

If you are a looking for an interesting ghost story, which also explores human psychology than I very much recommend that you try this series.

‘The Living And The Dead’ is available in full on BBC iPlayer. So there is very little excuse for not trying it out.

The Living And The Dead
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
3 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    29 June 2016 at 1:55 pm -

    Hopefully, BBCA will pick it up. I don’t have time to watch through alternative channels right now.

  • maycinq
    30 June 2016 at 11:15 am -

    Watched the whole series on BBC iPlayer and loved it. The stories become increasingly breathtaking and the performances are excellent, especially by the lead Colin Morgan who is totally outstanding! I hope BBC One will commission a second series!

    • Ian Cullen
      30 June 2016 at 12:20 pm -

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      I felt I had to at least review the first episode to let genre fans know about this series. But sadly I have not had chance to view further episodes yet. I got interrupted last night while trying to watch episode 2.