The Living and the Dead: Miniseries (2016)

The Living and the Dead

Critics Consensus

This throwback to classic gothic tales of yore is ideal viewing for audiences seeking a spooky sit without intense jolts and shocks.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 30
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Air date: Oct 27, 2016
Air date: Oct 27, 2016
Air date: Oct 27, 2016
Air date: Oct 28, 2016
Air date: Oct 28, 2016
Air date: Oct 28, 2016

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Tv Season Info

Unsettling and dangerous supernatural beings are released from an English farm after a young couple takes on ownership of the property.


Colin Morgan
as Nathan Appleby
Charlotte Spencer
as Charlotte Appleby
Nicholas Woodeson
as Matthew Denning
Kerrie Hayes
as Gwen Pearce
Malcolm Storry
as Gideon Langtree
Tallulah Haddon
as Harriet Denning
Marianne Oldham
as Mary Denning
Pooky Quesnel
as Agnes Thatcher
Ben Fox
as Simon Merrifield
Sarah Counsell
as Lizzie Merrifield
Steve Oram
as John Roebuck
Fiona O'Shaughnessy
as Martha Enderby
David Oakes
as William Payne
Isaac Andrews
as Charlie Thatcher
Amber Fernee
as Bathsheba Thatcher
Joel Gillman
as Jack Langtree
Robert Emms
as Peter Hare
Adam Ewan
as Isiah Cobb
Gina Bramhill
as Alice Wharton
David Sterne
as Abel North
Michael Byrne
as Ebenezer Alsop
Joanna David
as Victoria Appleby
Syrus Lowe
as Psychiatric Nurse
Rupert Procter
as Mr Woolford
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Critic Reviews for The Living and the Dead Miniseries

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Tensely eerie and classily made, The Living and the Dead has potential to become a running franchise. A sort of Ye Olde Ghostbusters.

Oct 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Living And The Dead is good-looking, atmospheric and accessible. It's neither so terrifying that it will scare off the Poldark crowd (it shares a producer with the same), nor, thanks to the modern-day mystery, so vanilla that genre fans will be bored.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're in the mood for something kind of creepy and kind of drama-filled that won't completely eat up your weekend, The Living and the Dead is it.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The writer Ashley Pharoah, co-creator of Eternal Law and the terrible Bonekickers, owed us a good TV drama - and he's delivered it.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Beautifully filmed and directed by Alice Troughton, it's an appealingly old-fashioned ghost story but with depth, set against a backdrop of a rural society on the cusp of great change.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

In sum, it was atmospheric, well-acted and had a brilliant soundtrack.

Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In less capable hands, the many ideas in this sumptuously shot series would completely devolve into an unwieldy pastiche, but Pharoah and his directors have clear visions for each detour, which the series leads handle with aplomb.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Living and the Dead offers the pleasure of derivative yet confidently sustained atmosphere.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Living and the Dead is a series of clever, emotionally-charged ghost stories best ingested in the company of those like-minded looking for a fright by the television screen's flicker.

Oct 26, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I'd seen it all before aside from the final scene, which seemed to introduce someone from the future. Intriguing, I accept, but even though all six episodes are now available on iPlayer, I find I am insufficiently enthralled to ever return. Sorry.

Oct 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Living and the Dead: Miniseries

  • Jul 29, 2019
    Cinematically gorgeous, Beautiful settings, evocative score. Acting is far superior to anything one normally sees on television. Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer give it their all, especially Morgan whose decent into madness was viscerally frightening. Entire varied cast is wonderful. Drew me in and kept me wanting more. Too bad it was cancelled after one season. Only negative criticism is writers/creators didn't seem to be able to decide on definite them but everything else was so good that even that flaw could be overlooked. I definitely recommend this rich, highly evocative short series as one of the best acted and directed ghost stories I have ever seen. Hopefully, we will get to see Morgan hit it big in films because he is a superior actor who commands the screen. When Morgan is on screen, one cannot look away.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    A well acted moody, atmospheric engrossing tale from start to finish. Too bad about the tacked on bit at the end without the benefit of a second season. The characters in this tale deserve more. The BBC really dropped the ball by not picking this up for another season.
  • Dec 01, 2016
    Beautiful location, capable actors, stars off promisingly, uses every cliché in the book, not scary at all, WTF ending that makes no sense.
  • Sep 16, 2016
    I had the opportunity to watch the whole series. The Living and the Dead is an intriguing drama, beautifully made and brilliantly cast, steeped in the eeriness of the rural world, that also plays with the past and future, and makes paranormal events look like normal occurrences. The music and the cinematography, are wonderful. The well written script is portrayed by outstanding actors. Colin Morgan is brilliant. His portrayal of Nathan is delightful when happy, convincingly wretched in pain, and heartbreaking at last. He changes his gait, his posture, and the sound in his voice in this transformation. The Living and The dead also portrays a lovely relationship between a man and a woman that is haunted by the dead, and full of grief and guilt. The sex scenes that nowadays are always present in any movie and TV show, are here unusually tender and affectionate, contributing even more to make of this series a piece of art.

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