Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Costume Chiller ; PICK OF THE DAY THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, BBC1, 9pm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Costume Chiller ; PICK OF THE DAY THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, BBC1, 9pm

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IN case you hadn't got the message from the title, all the clues are there right from the beginning that this is going to be one spooky drama. We've got eerie music and weird singing, creepy toys and candlelight, ceremonial fires and chanting and old dark and creaky houses.

It's Somerset 1894 and a pioneering Victorian psychologist - a very handsome Colin Morgan, suitably posh-voiced, big-haired and besuited and looking nothing like his previous Merlin incarnation - returns to his family estate with his lovely and lively second wife.

Nathan and Charlotte Appleby have come back to Shepzoy to look after his ailing mother, but when she croaks it (in what viewers get to see might be suspicious circumstances), the couple decide to stay and take over the running of the farm. Nathan is keen to leave his patients and casework behind and throw himself into rural life, but when he finds the local vicar's daughter standing in his lake in the middle of the night seemingly in a trance, he realises he might need to start doing a bit of therapy on the side. …

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