Hijacking a soul: The chilling premise of BBC America’s new TV series Intruders

(image via BBC America)
(image via and (c) BBC America)


The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

Jack Whelan (John Simm), a former LAPD cop with a troubled and violent history, finds the quiet idyllic life he has crafted with his wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino) shattered when she goes missing. While Jack is consumed with an investigation, which threatens his very core, a sinister agent named Richard Shepherd (James Frain) is embarking on a series of lethal executions. Meanwhile, a distraught little girl named Madison (Millie Brown) runs away from home into a world of danger. (synopsis via BBC America/Intruders official site)

The dead are at it again.

No longer content to stay in their coffins six feet underground, they’re resurrecting themselves as flesh-eating zombies who may or may not find wholeness again (The Walking Dead, In the Flesh), vengeful spirit beings with one foot in the physical world (The Fades), returning in haunting corporeal and conscious form (Les Revenents/The Returned) or the case of BBC America’s upcoming series, Intruders, taking over the body of another still-living person whose soul is unceremoniously shoved aside into chilling oblivion.

Based on the book The Intruders by Marshall Smith, and executive produced by Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is the latest tantalising original series from BBC America, which has enjoyed considerable success with Orphan Black which has just finished a stunningly successful, gripping second season.

Intruders, echoing themes from Orphan Black, is all about the ultimate theft of identity as an arrogantly entitled secrecy society decides that they and they alone should live again at the expense of the living, an act of coldblooded thievery that cannot be countenanced, a sentiment echoed by a radio announcer in the trailer who says “This life, it’s ours, not theirs”.

The race to stop this well-organised life beyond death cabal looks like being tense and intriguing with all the drama you would expect:

“A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story lines—a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run—begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.” (source: official BBC America/Intruders site)

Intruders premieres on BBC America on August 23 at 10pm.


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