Fresh off his appearance as a cyborg in Channel 4 series ‘Humans’, Northern Irish actor Colin Morgan has landed the lead role in a new BBC show, 'The Living And The Dead'. Described as a ‘supernatural’ period drama, the show also stars 'Glue's' Charlotte Spencer, who will play Morgan’s wife.

Colin MorganColin Morgan has been cast in 'The Living And The Dead'. 

Set in 1894 in Somerset, the show sees Morgan as Nathan Appleby and Spencer as his wife Charlotte. After the couple inherit a farm and begin to start a new life they find their marriage put to the test after experience a series of strange and dangerous paranormal goings-on in their new home.

The series has been described as "a drama steeped in the eeriness of the rural world at the moment when the industrial revolution came crashing in to disrupt all the old certainties”. Speaking about his role Morgan said, "'The Living And The Dead' is one of those scripts that you read and are instantly compelled and engaged by. “

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"It's intelligent, chilling and engrossing. It's going to be very special and I can't wait to start working on it with the wonderful creative team," the actor added. The series has been created by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who wrote 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to Ashes'.

"It's always been a dream of mine to appear in a period drama and they don't come better than this,” Morgan’s co-star Charlotte Spencer said. “Fantastic, original scripts and, in Charlotte Appleby, a superb character who's strong, passionate and gutsy. Couple this with an incredible director, crew and cast, I can't wait to get started!"  Filming on the series is currently underway in the West County, while a premiere date is yet to be set.