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Afterlife: Series One & Two [DVD]

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  • Actors: Lesley Sharp, Kate Duchene, Andrew Lincoln, Anna Wilson-Jones, Joshua David-Kennedy
  • Producers: Murray Ferguson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 652 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYHZVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Robert Bridge is a psychology lecturer, grieving the loss of his young son Josh, who was killed in a car accident three years earlier. A specialist in the study of psychic mediums, Robert is invited to an 'evening of clairvoyance' where he meets Alison Mundy. Reluctant and cautious, she is a far cry from the fraudulent psychics that sceptic Robert is used to. Alison is different, ever since she was a child she has seen spirits and after a near-death experience they have taken over her life - when she passes people in the street she isn't sure if they are dead or alive, when she lies in bed at night she can't escape the voices that cry out to her. Driven by a compulsion to help those around her, Alison seeks to resolve relationships torn apart by death. When Alison's readings provoke an adverse reaction in one of Robert's own pupils, he begins to study her with the intention of writing about her work and the people she helps. But their association is thrown into crisis when Alison reveals she is touch with Robert's son.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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235 of 237 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE on 9 Jun 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a discovery this show was! I missed it on TV, but picked up Disk 1 as a rental option and was so blown away I bought the whole series.

The concept is familiar to anyone who's watched the Patricia Arquette vehicle US show Medium. Lesley Sharp is the clairvoyant Alison Mundy who, like her American counterpart Allison DuBois, sees dead people. There the similarities end. Dubois juggles a family life and a career, but Alison Mundy is traumatised and isolated by her "gift", unable to hold down a job or a relationship and existing in a quirky limbo of kitsch seances and exploitative spiritualist meetings. In place of a husband, Alison forms an odd-couple relationship with parapsychology lecturer Dr Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln), who remains convinced that her ghosts have an explanation rooted in the unconscious. It is a strength of the show that, although we are privy to what Alison sees, the reality is left ambiguous: Alison is clearly troubled, obsessive and delusional in many ways and Robert's scepticism is an important theme in the show, going far beyond Dana Scully's token "there-must-be-a-scientific-explanation" rationalism.

The other aspect of "Afterlife" that trumps "Medium" is that Alison's ghosts are actually _scary_. They're not cute phantoms with a message for the living, but disturbed and disturbing forces that mirror that trauma and alienation of the central characters.

Each episode treats a particular haunting, usually with Alison being called in to help a client and Robert tagging along to question and criticise. This structure never becomes formulaic however, unlike the schtick of see-a-ghost-talk-to-the-D.A.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ms Congeniality on 19 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
I caught part of this series on TV and recently rented series 1 and 2. I only wish there was a 3.
I had forgotten how good this series was. The main character is so disturbed by her gift at times and it's so well acted. It's unpredictable, refreshing, scary, and I recommend it highly. It's not like all the other clairvoyant/medium type series I've seen, it's darker and at times Alison seems quite insane. She clings to her sanity with a tenuous thread while being haunted by all these people she wishes would just leave her alone. They aren't all sweetness and light either.
This really is worth watching from beginning to end.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Holly Ford on 4 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
First of all, this is like no medium/ghost story you've seen before - this one is genuinely fantastic. From the moment I watched the first episode of series 1, on recommendation of a friend last year, I was hooked. I then watched the entire of the first series, and 2 episodes of series 2, in one sitting, only turning it off because I couldn't physically stare at the TV anymore. I finished off the series the next day. Then watched it all back to back again.

I'm usually a complete cynic of mediums, ghosts, spirits and the like. Whilst I'm fully aware this is fiction, there was something about this show that made me seriously think again. Lesley Sharp's perfect portrayl of Alison, combined with the stunning writing, direction and music, make it impossible not to be drawn in by it, and for it to make you question your entire judgements. Here is a woman, so perfectly crafted that she is 100% believable, haunted by her so-called gift. A woman driven mad by spirits she would do anything to be rid of - a far cry from the usual mediums we see in shows like this.

Then enter Robert Bridge who, by all accounts, should be Alison's arch enemy. A close-minded psychologist convinced that none of this is true. He immediately regards Alison as delusional, but sees potential in her for the perfect case study for a book. It's through following her life for material for said book however, that slowly but surely convinced Robert that all is perhaps not what it seems. The way in which Robert is slowly forced to question his judgement is not the least bit corny, or unrealistic. The seance which finally brings everything to a head in 1.6 is, quite simply, one of the finest pieces of television I think I've ever seen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Low on 10 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to catch this series when it was screened on tv, so I was delighted to find the box set for sale on Amazon. I was really disappointed that the show only ran for two series and then promptly came to an end as it was such a fantastic show. Each episode was fantastically written and the two main characters; Alison (played by Lesley Sharp) and Robert (played by Andrew Lincoln) went really well together. Each in their own way troubled by their past, they came together through Robert's interest in Alison's psychic abilities and throughout both series are a comfort to each other at points. They seem an unlikely duo to be friends, her a troubled psychic, him a cynical psychologist with a firm belief there is no such thing as ghosts and the afterlife but they compliment each other well. Afterlife is similar to the American show Medium but I wouldn't draw too many comparisons between the two. The only thing both shows share is the fact that the two leading characters are psychic and see dead people but besides that the similarities between the ladies ends. In my opinion there has never been a show like this screened before or since. As soon as I received the set through the post, I sat down and watched both series from start to finish and it was just as fantastic as I remembered it. Even my boyfriend who didn't think he would like it, sat glued to the tv! Definetely worth buying and a fantastic price, you wont be disappointed.
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