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Maeve (Dervla Kirwan, Ballykissangel) and Mark (Stephen Tompkinson, Wild at Heart) meet in London under unusual circumstances: both are recently deceased. Maeve was killed by a hit-and-run driver, and Mark died during a routine surgery while his wife was giving birth to their son. The two mismatched souls find themselves still in this world, thrown together in a weird and wonderful afterlife.
This touching and gently humorous British drama explores what it means to have a chance to help—or hinder—those left behind. Maeve’s lover wasn’t just cheating on his wife; he was also cheating on Maeve. Mark was happily married, but he left his wife and children penniless. In this afterlife, the dead can’t talk to those they knew when alive, but they can speak freely with strangers. Will Maeve and Mark be able to right past wrongs and repair relationships? What will they learn about each other, and themselves?
Seen on public television, this poignant drama also stars Peter O’Brien (Queer as Folk), David Bradley (Harry Potter), and Callum Blue (Dead Like Me).
Episode One - When Maeve and Mark meet on a London street, they soon realize they have something in common: they’re both dead. At least they have each other as they cope with the shock of their demises and discover the odd realities of the afterlife.
Episode Two - As Maeve and Mark attend their own funerals, they are confronted by their pasts: a cold and distant mother, and a father who wasn’t around. Each turns to the other for help, and Maeve makes a surprising discovery about her brother.
Episode Three - Mark and Maeve find an abandoned baby and learn that their actions can affect the lives of others. Maeve takes revenge on Freddie, her faithless lover, with behavior that shocks Mark. Meanwhile, Mark holds his infant son for the first time.
Episode Four - Faced with mounting debts and bills, Mark’s widow, Jo, applies for a job. Freddie embarks on another affair, this time with a teenager. Maeve and Mark meet an elderly couple and help solve a long-ago crime.
Episode Five - While attending a wedding, Mark advises a nervous bride, and Maeve falls in love. Freddie and Jo become friends, and when Freddie falls asleep at her flat, Mark believes the worst. Maeve briefly imagines a life she will never have.
Episode Six - Maeve promises Mark that she will learn the truth about Freddie and Jo’s relationship. After finding the car that struck and killed her, she then goes in search of the driver. Mark has an unexpected opportunity to spend time with his daughter, and Maeve makes her peace.
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Devised and excellent writing by Sian Evans.
Six 49min episodes WITH SUBTITLES.
Episode 1 In 2000 two souls meet on a London Street. Irish lass Maeve age 27 (Dervla Kirwan-Ballykissangel) and Mark age 33 (Stephen Tompkinson-Wild at Heart) are sometimes testy, or consoling one another over their untimely deaths. Being dead, they can be seen by only strangers, not former family or acquaintances. Strangers forget after eye contact is lost.
2 Mark & Maeve are enlightened to past failure as they attend their funerals. They must look to each other, deceased mates now, not quite familiar with their new afterlife. Guest star: H. Potter's David Bradley (The Way We Live Now).
3 Maeve and Mark can affect the living in both positive and negative ways. A baby saved, one held. Not theologically based; but some second chances given.
4 Mark's wife Jo (Sally Hurst-heartless) is after a job. Maeve's cheating lover Freddie (Peter O'Brien-White Collar Blue) seeks a new affair. Plus the mystery episode has a good bit of post-post-mortem sleuthing. Guest: Patrick Godfrey (Duchess & Room With a View)
5 Mark counsels a bride as Maeve falls in love. The dead pair's significant others meet.
6 Maeve checks out Mark's former wife's relationship, and then locates the driver that killed her. Guest star: Callum Blue (Princes Diaries 2).
Remembering one episode in particular makes me very sad because of the poignancy of the situation. If you haven't seen the series, I'll give you a hint: the protagonists can be remembered ONLY while they are the sight of the person looking at them. Once they move from that person's line of sight, they are forgotten.
So, roll on 14 February 2012 - this is on my MUST BUY list.
The man and woman die separately but meet on the London streets on the day they die. They go to their funerals together and watch their loved ones cope with their loss. They each need to have the other communicate with the loved ones. As they get more and more entwined, they become more and more like a couple. Her problem in chief was having an affair with a married man, a complete rat. His was that he was failing financially and his family has been left with very little.
The actors are excellent. They were a real life couple together for awhile but no longer are.
This is a must see!
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