This drama features three families who live in the same house, Marchlands, divided by time. The first couple, Paul and Ruth Bowen, live in the house in the 1960s together with Paul's rather overbearing parents. They have tragically lost their only child, Alice who drowned some months earlier. Ruth Bowen is determined to find the truth of what really happened to her. Obviously this overshadows the Bowens' life and their relationship. However, Alice has not totally gone as the couple who live in the house in the 1980s, Helen and Eddie Maynard come to realise when their young daughter, Amy, is very aware of her presence. Initially they assume Alice is an imaginary friend. Things take a more sinister turn when Amy blames Alice for the death of her kitten and later goes to the lake apparently following Alice. The present day couple, Nisha and Mark, are expecting their first child who is subsequently born, also become overshadowed by Alice's influence. They have an interesting home help in the person of Ruth Bowen, the 1960s mum, who is still looking for the truth behind the loss of Alice.
The mystery is eventually resolved in the last episode. The conclusion is not a shocking revelation, but the three stories come to a reasonably logical end at that point. I did not really think that the climax lived up to the previous episodes, which was rather disappointing, but overall the series kept the interest engaged throughout.
The plot switches between the three couples effectively so that there are three developing stories with the common factor of Alice, whose supernatural presence in the house dominates. The switches between the three scenarios blend together well and there is no feeling that they are disjointed. The combination of a ghost story and a mystery make for compelling viewing, and this will work much better in a DVD set watching the episodes consecutively than in the TV series where we had to cope with a week between each episode. Highly recommended!