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Welcome to Bedlam Heights, a hip newly converted apartment building in the heart of Leeds. The high quality rental apartments offer stylish 21st century living, but behind the facade lie unimaginable horrors, for this former pre-Victorian asylum is haunted by the ghosts of its dark and violent past. Kate, who lives and works at Bedlam Heights, thinks anyone who believes in ghosts is a fool. Overly self-confident but ultimately self-destructive, she is surprised by the unexpected arrival of Jed - her adopted cousin. Jed is unique. With a history of mental illness, and he´s a troubled man who sees visions of the dead, the past and ghosts. He's convinced Kate is in danger from the spooks of Bedlam, but unbeknownst to him, Kate and friends Molly and Ryan, the truth will be far more terrifying...
Spooky things are afoot in this six-part Sky Living/BBC America series. Once upon a time, Bedlam Heights was a mental hospital. Now it's a luxury apartment complex in Leeds, much like Stephen King's Outlook Hotel, in which the dead tend to stick around. At first, Kate Bettany (Charlotte Salt), the sales agent, doesn't notice anything unusual (Bedlam has been in the Bettany family for generations). Her adopted cousin, Jed (Theo James), however, catches glimpses of the spooks, but keeps mum for fear he'll upset Kate and her housemates, closeted computer tech Ryan (pop star Will Young) and underemployed Molly (Ashley Madekwe), who think he's crazy anyway, as does Kate's father, Warren (Hugo Speer, Young's Skins costar), the property manager. That changes after Jed saves Kate from a vengeful ghost, but their problems are only just beginning. Soon, a tenant goes missing, Kate and Jed embark on risky romances, Molly's new friendships turn sour, and Ryan runs into a patient (played by Rita Tushingham) who never left the premises. By the end of the season, the manipulative Kate and secretive Warren seem like the crazy ones, rather than Jed or any of the abused patients from centuries gone by, most of whom are just seeking justice for past mistreatment. The white-knuckle finale ends with everyone's relationships--and fates--up in the air. With its mix of attractive young people and unruly spirits, Bedlam plays like Melrose Place meets The Shining with a side of The Ring, since the black-eyed poltergeists communicate through computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Though the melodramatic elements won't be to all tastes, Bedlam is a cut above most American attempts at the supernatural soap opera genre. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
After reading some of the reviews, I was surprised no one mentioned that most of the episodes in season 1 are less about the scary ghosts, and more about how the ghosts are related... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C.J.
Excellent card. Theo James is mesmerizing. Everyone contributes to the ever thickening story line.Published 2 months ago by Mary Ann C. Dunn
Really enjoyed the series very much. Unfortunately, it's a very short series. Excellent acting, especially from Theo James. Made the whole ghost theme seem really plausible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B.Williams
There is not very well made horror on tv much. With the exception of Ryan Murphy American Horror Story, I find myself missing it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jb lockhart
Enjoyed this almost as much as the first go round. Lots of odd little twists and turns. Curious about the politics behind switching out the actors for the 2nd series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liz
I really liked it. Cast was good, effects not horrible, and story was compelling. Sad to see cast change for season 2.Published 6 months ago by kikirose