“Very very scary” period ghost series The Living and the Dead heading for BBC1

The six-part Waking the Dead-style series written by Life on Mars creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham will start filming in the West Country next year

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BBC1 has commissioned a Waking the Dead-style drama series set in nineteenth century Somerset.

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As-yet-uncast, The Living the Dead has been written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham (pictured) –  co-creators and writers of Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes and Eternal Law – and centres on a farmer called Nathan Appleby who uses a combine harvester which appears to wake the dead from the earth.

The commission was announced at the Edinburgh International Television festival by BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore who said:  “From the creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes exciting new fantasy series The Living And The Dead, steeped in real history and mythology that will scare the audience and awaken the dead.”

Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, added in a statement: “We are as excited about this show as anything since Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes – we want it to be moving, tender, sensual… and very, very scary.”

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The series will shoot in the West Country next year and casting will be announced in due course.