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Afterlife is a British mystery drama series broadcast by ITV from 24 September 2005 to 11 November 2006. Set in Bristol, it follows university lecturer Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln), who becomes involved in a series of strange events surrounding medium Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp). Think of it as being Britain's answer to Medium.

Not to be confused with the 2019 series starring Ricky Gervais.


This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bath Suicide: One character slits her wrists in the bath after Allison claims to see her dead mother behind her.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the series finale, Robert dies of cancer, but Alison is finally able to reconcile with her father.
  • British Brevity: Lasted 14 episodes over the course of two seasons.
  • Cold Opening: One episode featured a variation where the perpetrator was a skeptic demonstrating how cold reading works. He is, of course, correct - except that he's now got an actual psychic in his circle.
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  • Fan Disservice: The sex scene in "Mirrorball". Natalia Tena is a very attractive woman with a fine figure, and the scene is a nice, erotic moment out of context. Not so much in context.


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