Afterlife (2005–2006)
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Misdirection 

Allison gets a job at a local assisted living home and discovers one of the other staff is being haunted by a recently departed resident.

Director:

Martyn Friend

Writers:

Charlie Fletcher, Stephen Volk (creator)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Lesley Sharp ... Alison Mundy
Andrew Lincoln ... Robert Bridge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Beale Richard Beale ... Mr. Keyhoe
Tristan Beint ... Student
Mark Benton ... Connor McClune
Mark Bonnar ... Ben Varcoe
Joshua David-Kennedy Joshua David-Kennedy ... Josh Bridge
Lisa Diveney ... Girl
Kate Duchêne ... Barbara Sinyard
Susan Engel ... Ellen Turton
Rosemary Leach ... Jenny
Liz Moscrop Liz Moscrop ... Cicely
Peter A Rogers ... Passerby
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Jude Bridge
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Storyline

Prompted by the spectre of Robert's dead son, Allison accepts a position in a home for elderly people. There she befriends a fellow staff member who is seeing the ghost of a woman who recently committed suicide at the home. Allison also meets Robert's mother who is in an advanced state of Alzheimer's Disease. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2005 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Clerkenwell Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quite a grim episode, but still excellent viewing.
3 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Misdirection I would class as my least favourite episode of Afterlife, but such is the standard of the show, that I'd still class it as very, very good. The worst place to put a medium of Alison's talents would be a Nursing home, but low and behold she lands a job caring for the elderly. Finally she gets someone who sees exactly what she does, that makes for some good scenes. The story is pretty good, but the best thing about this episode is the acting. Sharp is excellent once again, but isn't given the script to reach the depths that she has done previously. Rosemary Leach is excellent as Robert's Mum, as is the wonderful Suzie Engel, who makes Ellen a truly interesting, tortured character, without even saying a word. The highlight about this one however, is Mark Benton. I've always been a fan of Benton, he shows what a truly fine straight actor he is here, such a talent, I wish he'd do more drama, he matched the wonderful Sharp scene for scene.

It's quite a depressing episode, most of us know someone who's in elderly care, or suffering with dementia, so the subject matter is always a little uncomfortable to think of, however it did make for dramatic viewing. 8/10


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