Marchlands is the gripping story of three different families living in the same house across three generations, the 1960s, 1980s and the present day. The families are linked by the spirit of a young girl, Alice - the daughter of a family that lived in the house in 1968, who died under mysterious circumstances.
This distinctive contemporary drama stars an ensemble cast including Jodie Whittaker (Cranford; Venus) playing Ruth Bowen, the grieving mother living in Marchlands in the 1960s, with her husband, Paul (Jamie Thomas King - Tudors) who is struggling to cope with her difficult and dominating mother-in-law, Evelyn Bowen, played by Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses). Alex Kingston (ER; Doctor Who) stars as Helen Maynard, who plays the mother of a 1980s family who becomes concerned by her daughter's imaginary friend called Alice and finally Shelley Conn (Mistresses) plays Nisha, who moves to Marchlands with her partner, Mark (Elliot Cowan - The Fixer) and are expecting a baby. As the atmospheric story weaves through the three generations of families up to the present day, the truth about what really happened to Alice emerges.
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Brought for a present, but have watched on TV, excellent film.
easy to follow, great story as well, hope there is a second two on the way
Marchlands was an unmissable drama about 3 different families who live in the same house over 3 decades and links them to the spirit of a young girl who died in mysterious circumstances. If you missed it on TV I would recommend buying it on DVD as it is brilliant.
Marchlands is a fantastic DVD that's well worth watching.
*Could contain spoilers* After 3 weeks of teasers I was looking forward to being gripped by ITV's new drama. The first 2 weeks had me hooked. The concept was fresh and worked really well. Marchlands is a ghost story seen over 4 decades by three families who all live in Marchlands. The drama dips in between the 3 eras seamlessly and the viewer is soon able to build up a picture about the characters on screen. 1968 see's the grieving Bowens. Haunted Ruth is constantly seeking answers about the recent death of her young daughter Alice. If life wasn't harsh enough Ruth is struggling with her oppressive in laws and her distant husband. 1987 introduces us to the next family, The Maynards. Our next era sees the daughter of the family, Amy, blaming her invisible friend Alice for recent disturbances around the house. Mum Helen thinks Amy is ill and looks to professionals to treat her daughters strange and erratic behavior. In 2010 we meet current residents, married couple Mark and Nisha. The imminent arrival of baby means Nisha is spending a lot of time renovating a room for a nursery. As the walls are uncovered, so are some of Marchlands and Alices' secrets. The inter-woven stories are genius. The move between each family and their troubles builds a sketchy picture of tragic Alice. Each episode drips more clues about the young girls death but it not until the final episode we find out the circumstances surrounding her demise. I expect the ending is supposed to reveal along awaited twist but is frankly an anti climax and not in the least bit spooky. Its a real shame because the previous 4 episodes are soaked in an eerie atmosphere and promise a chilling reason for all the creepy goings on. If you're looking for a good drama with some sharp ghostly moments thrown in, this is it. The cast is strong and the acting is believable. However, If you're looking for an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story that is going to to have you biting your nails from beginning to end, I would pass.
This is compelling drama follows three families, at three different points at time, from the 60's to present day, all of whom live at Marchlands. But. At heart this is a ghost story, and the families we meet are not just connected by where they live....all their lives are touched by a girl called Alice. The circumstances in which she died are somewhat of a mystery, but her Mum, Ruth Bowen, knows that to overcome her death she must find out the truth. And Alice won't rest until the mystery is unravelled. She reveals herself to subsequent residents of her childhood home, desperately trying to communicate with them, so that they and her Mum understand the circumstances of her death. The younger and the older Ruth Bowen are both played very well. The performances make for a believable progression from a grief stricken but determined young mother to the older character that eventually finds out the truth. The rest of characters bring the story alive as they react to the strange goings on around them. The present day Nisha stands out for me. After discovering some of the history of the house, and with a new baby to care for, you really feel for her when Alice starts making her presence known. The middle of the three families, who live at Marchlands during the late 80's add another layer to the story. Amy, the daughter, is most affected by Alice. The strain of a couples relationship, due to what experts deem to be their Amy's illness, draws you into their world. Overall, this is definitely worth watching, if you want to nitpick, then yes there are a few plot holes, and I don't know if you really need five episodes to tell the story, but at least if you buy the box set you don't have wait 5 weeks for the conclusion! One last thing, if you are hoping to be terrified, then you will probably be disappointed, yes this series definitely has it's scary moments, but I doubt it will keep you up at night.
This was a really exciting story covering 3 families living in a house (Marchlands) over different times. It was a thrilling tale of a girl who has drown and the mum's quest to find out what happened and how the ghost of the girl impacts on the lives of those living in her house. Excellent cast, nothing negative to say about it would highly reccommend it.
This is a brilliant series! Just the right amount of suspense and story! Some bits are very scary but unlike a horror film once that bit has happened you move on to a different part of the story and so you aren't constantly scared. The way it moves between the three time zones is great and I didn't find it confusing at all! All in all a brilliant series and well worth a watch, even if you aren't big on scary stuff!!
I thought this drama was cleverly written. I loved how it moved between the different eras and families living at Marchlands. The fact that some of the characters appeared in one or more eras linked the story and gave it a strong storyline. It was good that the viewer got to see glimpses of Alice as it made me feel like I believed she existed too. A great supernatural drama that had me hooked until the end.
I am a complete ITV and BBC drama addict and have seen them all Marchlands is by far one of the best, I would recommend to anyone. The way the drama was set between the 3 eras was fab, all linked between a terrible accident.
What a fantastic and gripping drama. Really enjoyed this and what a great storyline. Really scary in bits too and a great cast of actors. Watched this with my husband and it had us both gripped from the beginning. Well done for making such a great drama and I look forward to more like this.
Having finished watching the last episode on ITV last night of Stephen Greenhorn's supernatural drama Marchlands I thought I should submit a review whilst it was fresh in my mind. This ghost story,(without revealing too much of the plot) follows three families from through the 60's , 80's and present day who all lived in the same remote village house. It all begins with the death of a little girl, Alice, and the strange experiences of subsequent families who reside here in this should-be idyllic spot and Alice's mother Ruths continuing search for the truth behind her little girls death. In all I really enjoyed this, the acting was excellent (it featuressuch class acts as Alex Kingston, Denis Lawson, Tessa Peake-Jones & Jodie Whittaker ) the script very good but it was let-down slightly by the ending - it just was a bit of an anti-climax ( I shan't say anymore as I don't want to spoil the plot). I would definitely recommend you to check this out, a very entertaining watch, despite the ending.
This is a story set in three different times, 1960s, 1980s and present day. It revolves around the death of a little girl, Alice, who has apparently drowned in an accident, but as time goes on, it becomes clear that something more sinister must have happened. The spirit of Alice is constantly laying out clues to the people living in Marchlands about what really happened. I am sure she could have made it clear from the first episode instead of leaving clues but hey thats the drama of it all. Love it.
Marchlands is an amazing series that has you on the edge of your seat as you try to piece all the different pieces of this story together. The action moves between '68, '87 and 2010 and three different couples giving glimpses into the three decades and three sets of lives as well as weaving together a carefully written narrative in the form of supernatural being Alice. The mystery is eventually resolved in the last episode, in an ending which will not shock but felt like the 'right' sensible answer. it genuinely is one of those series that you will want to watch again so this DVD set is a must! It truly is compelling viewing and i couldn't wait for the next episode to arrive on telly to try and piece more of the mystery together!
Any drama with a cast as good as this shouldn't really fail, and Marchlands certainly doesn't. Intriguing from the start, it cleverly weaves three different generations of the same house with the common theme, what really happened to a little girl found dead in 1967? I write this with the final episode still to come, so I can't wait to see if I guessed the ending! This is another great effort from ITV who have produced some quality television of late.
If you like your made for tv thrillers then this is for you.The series is based round 3 families who have all at one point or another have lived in the same house - Marchlands. The scenes chop and change from one era to the other but unlike many shows it manages to do this in a non confusing way. Some of the eerie scenes in this film are quite unsettling and the twist at the end is completely unexpected. Deffo worth a watch!
I loved this....i love anything spooky, anything spooky with children and i find it really scary!!. Its well written, very well cast and will make you jump in places. Its set in three time periods with three families all living in the same house..Marchlands. They are all linked by the ghost of a young girl called Alice. As the story unfolds and you find out what happened to Alice you'll be on the edge of your seat.
This is one of the best tv dramas i have seen in a long long time. Its gripping makes you want to come back for more. EXCELLENT
ive never watched a drama as intense and film like before. i absolutely loved this from episode 1, has a really spooky feel to it . set in 3 different time zones, the first is the family with the little girl 'alice' the second is a family who's little girl can see alice and the third time zone is now . with a new family , the husband has moved back to the town , after living there when he grew up . the wife is expecting a baby , which later found to be a girl and they name her alice and all the strange things the previous family experienced happens again. if you love dramas and anything a little paranormal you with love this!
A great drama though a bit slow to start. once you get your head around the hoping between the eras its great. Alice was a little girl and died threw drawning , but was it an accident ?. A drama with twists and turns and lots of angles to the story. a gripping story that made my heart pound. at first i was scared of Alice but even though that little girls a ghost your heart goes out to her. Well worth watching.