One spooky mystery: the dead rise again in Glitch
THE return of the dead usually involves zombies or ghosts.
But in the ABC's new paranormal mystery series Glitch, when people start rising from their graves in a small Victorian town they are very much alive.
The six-part drama stars Patrick Brammall (The Moodys, Offspring) as Sergeant James Hayes who is confronted with a perplexing scene when he is called to the Yoorana cemetery in the middle of the night to discover five naked and disoriented people covered in dirt.
At first he believes drugs might be involved, but it quickly becomes clear the people correspond to the disturbed graves.
"It's pretty full-on. We shot that (scene) at the end of the shoot and it was at an actual graveyard," Brammall tells APN.
"We shot it at 3am and it was freezing and we had these incredibly brave actors (doing the scene) nude.
"Emma Booth, for instance, had to hide under the ground, covered in dirt, and then come up through the ground. It was harrowing stuff."
One of the five people is James's wife Kate (Booth), who died two years previously from breast cancer.
"It goes against everything, physics, nature," Brammall says.
"No matter how much you might desire to see your partner come back from death, to be presented with it would be incredibly jarring and confronting.
"For me, it was about trying to find the emotional truth of it; the physical manifestation of how you would react when you're presented with somebody you've loved who has died."
Kate's resurrection complicates an already bizarre situation for the police officer and the local doctor Elishia McKellar (Genevieve O'Reilly) as they try to determine the identities of the other people while keeping the case a secret.
"It stops being his duty as a cop," he says.
"He abandons his duty because he's got such a personal involvement in it. His emotions override his sense of duty. If this goes public then he's going to lose his wife again to the hospital or scientists or the media."
James has also remarried Kate's best friend Sarah and they are expecting their first child.
"It's not just a love triangle; it's a paranormal love triangle," he says.
"Everyone in it is blameless, but everybody has very real feelings about it.
"I made the joke when we were filming. You come for the corpses but stay for the heartbreak. Inside that (sci-fi element) is a really engaging drama."
The series also stars Rodger Corser, Ned Dennehy, Emily Barclay, Sean Keenan and Hannah Monson.
Glitch debuts tonight at 8.30pm on ABC1.