The Living and the Dead will premiere exclusively on BBC iPlayer on Friday 17th June.
All episodes of the eerie series, starring Colin Morgan, will be released at once as a box set for binge-viewing before the show begins its weekly broadcast on BBC One from Tuesday 28th June.
The decision marks the show out as the first BBC Drama to get the iPlayer box set treatment, following in the footsteps of Peter Kay’s Car Share last year and, last month, the first three episodes of crime thriller New Blood.
Indeed, the Beeb is increasingly embraces the potential for BBC iPlayer to reach new audiences and meet audience’s new expectations, with BBC Three’s launch at the start of the year turning it from a catch-up service to a digital hub all of its own.
“It’s not a catch-up service, it’s a fitting-in-with-your-life service,” said Katie McAleese, Executive Producer of the show for BBC Wales Drama Production. Speaking at an exclusive preview of the programme at the BFI on Tuesday 14th June, she was joined by the stars of the show, Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer, as well as creator Ashley Pharaoh (Life on Mars) and director Alice Troughton.
Colin Morgan said he was “absolutely” excited about the binge-ready approach. “It’s how I watch TV,” he commented. “I watch it as and when.”
“The options are there,” he added, regarding the weekly broadcasts on BBC One later this month. “I think that’s what’s important.”
The spooky drama is set in Somerset, 1894, with Colin and Charlotte playing Nathan and Charlotte Appleby, a young couple who inherit a farm (and a house that’s almost as old as the countryside itself) and are determined to start a new life together. But their presence in this isolated corner of England starts to unleash strange, unsettling and dangerous supernatural phenomena that will start to threaten their marriage.
Here’s a sneak peek trailer:
Update (15.06.2016): New pictures released from Episode 1: