Merlin star Colin Morgan has bagged the lead role in a new BBC One mystery drama, The Living And The Dead.
Morgan will play Nathan Appleby in the six-part series which has been created by Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes) and will be joined by Charlotte Spencer as Charlotte Appleby, Nathan’s wife.
“Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer are two of Britain’s most exciting and talented stars and I can’t think of anyone better to bring to life Nathan and Charlotte Appleby,” said Faith Penhale, Head of BBC Wales Drama Production.
Set in Somerset, 1894 the show starts with a young couple inheriting house described as being “almost as old as the English countryside itself.”
The plans to start a new life together are disrupted by unleash strange, unsettling and dangerous supernatural phenomena that will start to threaten their marriage.
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. It’s going to be very special and I can’t wait to start working on it with the wonderful creative team.”
Spencer added: “It’s always been a dream of mine to appear in a period drama and they don’t come better than this – fantastic, original scripts and, in Charlotte Appleby, a superb character who’s strong, passionate and gutsy. Couple this with an incredible director, crew and cast, I can’t wait to get started!”
Ashley Pharoah commented: “I am completely thrilled that Colin and Charlotte are joining us on our adventure. The characters they play – Nathan and Charlotte Appleby – dominate the series and I couldn’t be more excited to see what they do with them.”