Afterlife (2006)

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Afterlife (2006)
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Afterlife is a paranormal thriller television series about a woman named Alison Mundy. She is a reluctant medium, troubled by her gift. During a clairvoyant evening she encounters university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge. Robert decides to research her for a book he is writing and with a view to "curing" her, as he believes that all mediums are either charlatans or delusional. Unfortunately for him Alison is the real thing and exposes him to things which no matter how hard he tries he cannot explain away with his science. Worse is to come, in that Alison is seeing visions of Robert's dead son, who was killed in a car accident. The psychologist is in denial, but his beliefs are tested to the limit, when he and Alison are involved in a stance that Alison may be unable to survive.

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  • Think 'Medium' as written by a group of northern UK people trapped in an office with only a couple of pork pies and one bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale between them.moreless

    The show is terrific - largely due to not only the writing, but the central performances by Andrew Lincoln and the superlative Lesley Sharp. It's very interesting, because Lesley acts without appearing to; she has a knack of drawing you in to what is really a very ordinary character with an extraordinary prowess. And she doesn't like it. This is no 'wow isn't having these powers terrific' show. For the most part she hates it. Lesley is totally convincing in the part.

    There is a real knack to doing ordinary,whilst being extraordinary at the same time.

    I haven't seen the entire two series yet, but what I have seen is perfectly pitched; the roles are played to perfection and there's a healthy cynicism going on, which goes beyond the slickness of Mulder & Scully and into something mundane yet real and more believable.

    Plus it also shows what the pressures must be if you do have this 'gift' of being able to see and interact with the spirit world.

    Great show; great acting and great to watch.moreless
  • I am totally gripped when I watch this show. The power of suggestion is a fabulous thing and Afterlife does just that. Who needs special effects with character interaction and the power of suggestion that this show has...moreless

    If you like your mind challenged and you prefer to be scared by the power of suggestion rather than gimmicky special effects, then this is the show for you.

    Don't get me wrong, I love special effects and all that, but, sometimes, less is more, if you know what I mean.

    The acting in this programme is tremendous and the storylines always surprise me. I am generally left blown away after each episode. I love supernatural shows like medium and ghost whisperer, but this show is just thought-provoking to the extreme and I have to admit, it's a guilty pleasure even though the subject matter is often terriby sad...moreless
  • Afterlife.. is there life after..?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series from start to end..

    At first i thought this was going to be just like all the other shows about

    mediums and things that go bump in the night..

    im so glad im wrong..

    There are no fancy effects like you see in for example Heroes or The 4400

    and its as if the story could be taking place in your street or to the woman

    next door..

    As the series continues the relationship between Alison and Robert grows

    stronger adding to the last episodes brilliant conclusion..

    I was a little upset there were only two series, but i realised that any more

    would be stretching it a bit..

    I love this program, i was totally moved by it.. and still am..moreless
  • some spooky episodes

    im interseted in the afterlife and spooky shows, so was always going to tune into this show. i found it a decent show, some episodes were stronger than others, but id reccomend you give the show i try. there are some spooky episodes, and the two lead characters turn in great performances. therse good chemisrty between the actors and most of the storylines are good and moving. the series revolves around alison mundy, an medium who is troubled by her gift and is often visted by the dead, she is being accompanied by robert bridge, an university lecturer who is scepitcal about all mediums and who wants to research alison for a book he is writing.moreless
  • Leaden script and waste of good actors..

    The very first episode started with great promise, I was impressed with the heart-warming family Christmas scenario unfolding into what was in fact a suicide pact. That was all before the titles and unfortunately the promising beginning was merely entrapment.

    It's such a pity that two such great actors are wasted on this leaden balloon. Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln's performances seem to suffer detrimentally at the hands of this script; Sharp's psycic all Ham and Panto and Lincoln sleep-walking through his performance. If the producers had hoped to recreate the sort of odd couple chemistry of Mulder and Scully they failed miserably. What this drama mainly lacks is the dose of wry humour that is exemplefied so well in the far superior Ghost Whisperer and Medium (both US imprts- do they perhaps have that magic formula over there?).

    Afterlife is predictable and about as scary as Rentaghost- sorry!moreless

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Drama, Suspense


Thrillers, Paranormal, British TV