Overview

The arrival of the railways, the unrelenting pace of industrialization, and the impact of groundbreaking science and philosophy are changing forever the ancient ways of rural England. Nathan and Charlotte are part of this movement of change. But when the death of Nathan’s mother brings them back to his family’s estate, they must turn the farm’s fortunes around – or risk ruin and the devastation of the local community. Though the farm and its future demand their attention, when a vulnerable teenage girl is brought to Nathan, seemingly possessed by a terrifying spirit, he cannot leave her to suffer.

A pioneering doctor, Nathan has worked at the forefront of the emerging science of psychology and is an expert in mapping the dark places of the mind. He believes there is always a rational or scientific explanation to be found for life’s mysteries; though Harriet’s case is disturbing, he must use every psychological technique he has to find a way to cure her, to free her from this terrible burden.

But what if Nathan is wrong, and it isn’t an illness of the mind? Could Harriet actually be haunted?

The Living and the Dead is a BBC Wales Drama production in association with Monastic Productions and co-produced with BBC AMERICA.

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Episode Guide

Part One

Somerset 1894. When the death of his mother brings pioneering psychologist Nathan Appleby and his vivacious young wife Charlotte back to the family estate, they must turn the farm’s fortunes around or risk ruin, and the devastation of the local community. Though the farm and its future demand their attention, when a vulnerable teenage girl is brought to Nathan, seemingly possessed by a terrifying spirit, he cannot leave her to suffer.  Is it an illness of the mind or could she actually be haunted?

Part Two

When a young boy is disturbed by terrifying visions, Nathan Appleby finds himself drawn into another case. The boy’s nightmarish hallucinations lead him into increasingly dangerous situations and Nathan must find a way to help him. However, Nathan’s belief in scientific and rational explanations is rocked by a growing sense of unease, as he starts to experience some mysterious visions of his own. Are all these strange events linked merely by coincidence, or is there something deeply wrong in the village of Shepzoy?

Part Three

It’s harvest time and Charlotte Appleby needs everyone to pull together to get the harvest in – the farm’s future rests on the flowing fields of wheat. Yet when a series of freak occurrences threaten the crop, Peter, a disturbed young villager is blamed, and Nathan Appleby must step in.

Part Four

Recent events have made Nathan Appleby doubt everything he once believed, but he’s convinced he can get to the bottom of the mysteries. However, his growing fascination with spirits is driving him away from his wife Charlotte. And while Charlotte is holding everything else together on the farm, she is also guarding a secret of her own.

Part Five

Nathan Appleby’s increasing obsession with the spirits haunting the village of Shepzoy is taking its toll on his wife Charlotte and the farm. Will he risk his relationship to pursue the truth? No one believes what he’s seen and heard, and even Nathan is left wondering if it’s all just been in his head.

Part Six

The village of Shepzoy is a changed place after the horrifying events of recent weeks. Nathan Appleby’s desperate attempts to solve the mysteries have left him on the edge of madness, and his wife Charlotte is struggling to hold their marriage and the farm together. The harder she tries to save Nathan, the further he pushes her away – can Charlotte find a way to help him before it’s too late?

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