BBC America orders ghost drama 'The Living and the Dead'

LOS ANGELES ( - BBC America and BBC One have ordered a new hourlong paranormal series, "The Living and the Dead," created and written by "Life on Mars" co-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham. 

The six-episode drama is set in Somerset, England in 1888, a land and a community on the edge of monumental change, on the great hinge between ancient traditional ways and an industrial, scientific future. A land of ghosts and myths, poltergeists and demons -- if there was ever a time for those ghosts to rise out of the ground, this would be that time. At the heart of this small community is Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. This complex and compelling man will investigate hauntings, paranormal happenings, and ghostly visitations, encouraged by the Society for Psychical Research. But as these terrifying investigations become ever more frequent and ever more scary, Nathan starts to see and hear disturbing things that he simply cannot have imagined. Will Nathan's interest in the occult begin to threaten his family, his livelihood and even his sanity? 

Pharoah and Graham said of the project: "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."

Richard De Croce, SVP of programming for BBC America added, "We look forward to teaming up once again with Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham and our colleagues in the BBC on a drama that will haunt and thrill our Supernatural Saturday audience."

Pharoah and Graham also co-created "Life on Mars" follow-up "Ashes to Ashes" and drama "Eternal Law," along with numerous individual projects. The pair serve as executive producers for Monastic Productions, along with Faith Penhale, Head of BBC Wales Drama Production, and Katie McAleese for BBC Wales Drama Production. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. The series is co-produced by BBC Wales Drama Production and BBC America n association with Monastic Productions for BBC One. Production will begin in England next year, and casting will be announced at a later date.