Afterlife (Tuesdays 9:30)

Afterlife is a strange show – strange because nobody on the web has actually seen it, or if they have, nobody’s writing about it. Even the ITV website (as credited by IMDB) doesn’t seem to have an entry for it… weird. Way to go avoiding buzz.

Maybe – shock – it’s being shown in Australia first?

Bleh, anyway, I watched the second episode “Lower than Bones” with my girlfriend squealing at the dripping wet dead girl (on my scale: goosebumps), and was happy when I found she’d not yet deleted the first episode from the media centerm which was also pretty good.

The show is based around the ability of medium Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp) to see the dead. She’s been in and out of mental hospital over the years, looking for a “cure”, but nothing’s worked, and she seems the worse off for it – torn between acceptance of her gift and the desire to be rid of it. Robert (Andrew Lincoln from Love Actually) is a psychology lecturer that previously lost his son in a car crash and his wife to his inability to move on, and in the first episode (might as well tell you) loses a student to suicide when Alison sees her dead mother behind her at a group “reading”. He can’t come to terms with Alison’s apparent abilities, and won’t believe she can see his son, who she says is trying to help her help him.

The format seems pretty episodic for a mini-series (which I’d assumed was a series-series, none of this “mini” bollocks – but no, it’s a 6-parter says IMDB), but it’s probably not too late to pick it up now if you haven’t already.

The first two episodes were a welcome relief from most of the crap on free-to-air at the moment (is it just me, or is there a dearth of quality TV on FTA in Australia at the moment?).

8 thoughts on “Afterlife (Tuesdays 9:30)

  1. I have seen this show, although I am not sure if I saw it in Australia on Foxtel, or here in The Netherlands. Probably foxtel: they are not big on new shows here.

  2. I really enjoyed this series. It was refreshing to see an intelligent drama that tried to get a handle on the whole psychic/psychosis debate. The ending was absolutely devastating….ah, but is that the end? I’ve scoured the Net to see if there is a second series in the making. No luck yet. I think there is room for a “second coming”, IFYGWIM.

  3. I have been watching it and enjoying it when channel 9 in australia put it over two hours two episode so that i missed the last one i need to know what happened so if anyone can help I keep asking who watched it and no one has it was a great show. I hope there is a “second coming” too

  4. I’ve watched the first season and I can’t wait for the rest, but I’m not sure if it will keep playing here in Australia as it didn’t seem to be too popular…just when i find a show that i really enjoy! Does anyone know if it will be/is released on DVD?

  5. Just to be different, we’re well ahead of the curve with Afterlife screening here in Australia first.

    As I think it’s an ITV jobbie, it’s up to them when and if a DVD set will be released, but given the way that most TV shows go at the moment, I’d guess it’s likely.

  6. Just in case anyone’s still reading this and doesn’t know yet – the DVD is available (R2 only so far) and a second series of 8 instead of 6 series is in the pipeline, due to be broadcast in the UK this Autumn.

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