Life on Mars creators developing supernatural series Living and the Dead at BBC America

Following the critical success of Orphan Black, BBC America is adding another genre show to the schedule — and they’ve tapped some experts to put it together.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network has greenlit The Living and the Dead, a new series developed by the creators of Life on Mars. The period-set supernatural drama will be written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who both worked on the U.K. version of Mars and its sequel, Ashes to Ashes.

As for The Living and the Dead, it’ll be a six-episode series set in Somerset, England, in 1888. According to the report, the plot will explore a land and community on the edge of monumental change and on the hinge between ancient traditional ways and an industrial, scientific future in a land of ghosts and myths, poltergeists and demons. At the heart of the community is Nathan Appleby, a reluctant farmer obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. 

In a joint statement, the duo said they hope the show will be “moving, tender, sensual ... and very, very scary.” It sounds like it will have a good period angle, which has been a solid niche for BBC America, plus some classic ghost-story potential framed around the town and its inhabitants. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

Filming is set to start in England's West Country in 2015 and casting will apparently begin immediately. So, we’d think think one will probably show up on the schedule in late 2015.

What do you think? Can the Life on Mars gang pull off a period-set horror tale?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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