Afterlife (2005–2006)
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More Than Meets the Eye 

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Phillips

Writers:

Stephen Volk (creator), Stephen Volk
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Sharp ... Alison Mundy
Andrew Lincoln ... Robert Bridge
Kate Duchêne ... Barbara Sinyard
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Jude Bridge
Cara Horgan ... Veronica Vass
Rhian Grundy Rhian Grundy ... Jen
Joe Anderson ... Phil
Rasmus Hardiker ... James
Julie Hoult ... Young Mum
Anna Farnworth ... Mother
Rad Lazar Rad Lazar ... Father
Ella Morris Ella Morris ... Young Veronica
James Nelson Tumber James Nelson Tumber ... Little Boy
Oscar James Oscar James ... Mr. Yearsly
Jay Byrd ... Mrs. Yearsly

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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 don @ minifie-1

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The series tagline derives from a line of dialogue Lesley Sharp delivers in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Robert Bridge: [voiceover] It's death always that punches out the God shaped hole in our modern lives. If God is the father then he's not only abandoned his child he refuses to pay maintenance. And, like a lot of errant fathers he's difficult to track down in times of trouble.
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What a start.
2 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

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! 10/10


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Release Date:

16 August 2005 (Australia) See more »

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Clerkenwell Films See more »
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