Psychic medium Alison Mundy arrives in Bristol and,at her first public session,communicates with the mother of student Veronica Vass,who died in a suicide pact with her husband. Veronica's ...
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Psychic medium Alison Mundy arrives in Bristol and,at her first public session,communicates with the mother of student Veronica Vass,who died in a suicide pact with her husband. Veronica's tutor,psychology lecturer Robert Bridge,is cynical of fake mediums and goes to see Alison to tell her she is not helping Veronica. He is not prepared for Alison's disclosure that she knows he accidentally killed his little boy. Veronica kills herself but Alison sees her shade and tells Robert she is happy to be reunited with her parents. As Alison tells Robert she feels her gift is a curse he relaxes his attitude towards her.Written by
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The series tagline derives from a line of dialogue Lesley Sharp delivers in this episode. See more »
What, you don't think I would take medication if I could? I'd run away if I could. I'd cut them out with a rusty knife, if I could, but I don't have any choice. You don't choose the spirits, they choose you.
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Way back in 2005 I can remember refusing to go out because of this show, Afterlife made Saturday Night TV a reason to stay in, in front of the box.
The first episode really does set the tone for the next batch of episodes and subsequent second series. I can remember seeing the ITV drama trailer for it, and being intrigued by the beautiful filming and music. The episode is such a contradiction, it is so perfectly shot, so melancholy, featuring the most gorgeous music, and yet it deals with the most tragic and harrowing subject.
It's so clever how two people from two totally different, and opposing worlds collide, the tragedy comes from the person caught up in the middle of it. The story is tragic and haunting, but in a weird way it's rather beautiful.
Andrew Lincoln was well known for Teachers and of course This Life, not just a hunky actor, but a talent as well, he was excellent as the sceptic Psychologist. The show does of course belong to Sharp, she is just magical in this episode, her acting is so understated, so subtle, and yet so brilliant.
What a start!
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