Sunday 17 December 2017

Is Irish actor Colin Morgan poised to be the new Poldark in new BBC period drama?

Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer in The Living and the Dead
Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer in The Living and the Dead
Aidan Turner in Poldark
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish actor Colin Morgan will star in new BBC period drama The Living and the Dead.

The six-part series is a supernatural drama (produced by Poldark's Eliza Mellor) may do for Morgan what Poldark did for Aidan Turner.

The BBC will no doubt be hoping to emulate the success of their most recent Sunday night drama which has just finished its first series run in the US.

Set in Somerset, England in 1888 The Living and the Dead focuses on a couple, played by Merlin star Morgan and Charlotte Spencer.

He is a gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife and spends his time investigating paranormal happenings with the backing of the Society for Psychical Research.

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However, as the investigations become more frequent and more scary, Nathan starts to hear and see disturbing things that he can't have imagined, and which may just send him over the edge.

Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who created Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes have written the series and said they "want it to be moving, tender, sensual... and very, very scary".

Speaking about the role, Morgan said, "The Living and the Dead is one of those scripts that you read and are instantly compelled and engaged by.  It's intelligent, chilling and engrossing."

Morgan has most recently been seen in Channel 4 series Humans and prior to that he played a role on The Fall opposite Jamie Dornan.

The series is currently being filmed in the West Country.  A broadcast date has yet to be announced.

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