Nick Murphy’s psychological thriller The Awakening will premiere on BBC Two later this month.
In 1921 Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is living in post-war England where many people are seeking solace and comfort in the mystical and spiritual.
Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence is committed to debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations.
When she is asked to visit a boarding school in the countryside called Rookwood – to investigate the alleged sightings of a ghostly young boy – she feels compelled to take the job.
Gradually secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank. As Florence is set to leave, however, she experiences a chilling encounter that defies all reason.
Determined to get to the bottom of it Florence remains over the Christmas holidays with the headmaster Robert Mallory (Dominic West), the matron Maud (Imelda Staunton) and one student Tom (Isaac Hempstead- Wright).
Over the coming days the blurred image of a child-like ghost haunts Florence and she begins to doubt her resolve, increasingly unable to provide any logical explanation for the bizarre goings-on.
As her bond with Mallory deepens, they are drawn to one another by their shared sense of loneliness and together they ready themselves to face their demons.
Directed by Nick Murphy and written by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy, The Awakening stars Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
Saturday 21st September at 21:30.