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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Really rather engrossing television

Author: Danny_G13 from Glasgow, Scotland
17 February 2005

You could bill it crudely as a 'Scottish X Files' and while your case would have merit, you would be missing the point entirely.

Starring fairly well known Scottish actors Bill Paterson, Dawn Steele and Iain Robertson, Sea of Souls is set almost entirely in Glasgow within a fictional university called Clyde University. The series centres on a 'parapsychology' department, and the various cases of supernatural goings on or otherwise bizarre happenings the academics there receive to investigate.

Obviously this has strong overtones of X Files but the show is a touch more believable, frankly.

The main 3 characters are Douglas (Paterson), the head of the department, Justine, the relatively new recruit and slightly Mulder-esque in her approach, and Craig, the Scully, hard grounded in science.

The stories are always rich and varied, and the acting is surprisingly decent for a Scottish-made show. The characters are pretty stereotypical though, but their originality isn't really needed for this, because it's the plots which hold the show up.

With interesting direction, fascinating narrative and a surprising amount of believability, Sea of Souls is a very well conceived show which never fails to engage for the duration.

Highly recommended.

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

About as good as TV drama gets

Author: Tony Pendrey from Sunny Southend, UK
27 March 2004

This was a short series recently aired on UK BBC1. Three separate stories, each consisting of two , 1 hour episodes. Excellent casting and top flight acting from all concerned, particularly the ever-reliable Bill Paterson.

I won't spoil anything by giving any plot details, but suffice to say, each of the three tales are engrossing and thought-provoking, with an underlying theme of possible paranormal events. Don't be put off by that though, because the intelligent scripts leave many ideas open, and lots of questions unanswered.

Well, I seem to have used up all my cliches ! All I can say is, if you get a chance to see these episodes, don't miss it. Short, yes, but as sweet as they come.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

the purgatory of moral ambiguity

9/10
Author: george karpouzas
23 September 2006

I have seen the first part of the series on DVD which I found absolutely brilliant. The two supporting actors are different in the first series than on the other two. from the photographs I have seen of the actors of the second and third series, I find the first couple more attractive. I was amazed by the series which captivated me. Are the events narrated related to any real life events deposed on a police department or court?Arthur Koestler has written a book on the paranormal, The Roots of Coincidence, so I believe that such phoenomena have found academic attention.The other thing I found amazing is that evil scores many points on those series. They are full of subtleties and moral ambiguities.The series reveals the potential for evil contained in the average person. It is a masterpiece of BBC. I also admired antithesis and balance between the male scientific skeptic and the female spiritualistically oriented student

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Surprisingly good!

Author: prose from Adelaide, Australia
14 October 2005

To go into details about what this series is about may put off potential viewers, so I won't. Essentially, it focuses on the work of a small group of academics at a small department in a university in Glasgow. The stories are told as 2-part, self-contained movies, and are about the people and the mysteries that this department investigate - unexplained behaviour, such as the sharing of experiences by identical twins who have been brought up apart.

Some Scottish drama has been excellent - remember 'Takin' Over The Asylum'? - and whilst 'Sea Of Souls' may not be anywhere in this league, it is good, and it's worth tuning in. However, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, you may find this show annoying. For me, I felt that the skeptical view was well represented, and the real absence of explanations, or neat conclusions to each story served the subject matter particularly well.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant Study of Human Mind and Capacity for Survival

Author: mauricerw from Australia
9 August 2011

Sea of Souls, which I am only now catching up on Pay Television is a really good drama series. It goes beyond superficial content to present a multi-layered study and performance of investigations into people experiencing difficult life situations. The cast is brilliantly led by Bill Paterson and the rest of the regular cast offer excellent support. It is a joy to to watch because it offers real hope for those people it portrays, and doesn't go for easy answers. The show never gives a real hint of where each episode is going to end up. It is a refreshing show to watch, compared to too many other dramas on television that go for the quick resolution. I would recommend this show to any one who enjoys exciting and thought provoking drama.

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Perfect Saturday evening viewing

Author: marino-10 from United Kingdom
23 January 2006

The second series of Sea of Souls is riveting entertainment for a Saturday evening. Its content has changed slightly from the first series, with each episode now self contained. The stories are also much more entertaining and gripping. The comparison with the X Files is slight though. Whereas the X Files often had bizarre and fantastical stories about extraterrestrials, weird people and very strange events, Sea of Souls has more 'believable' characters, often ordinary members of the community. The X Files were too way out and ridiculous to be remotely believable.

This series also seems to concentrate on Justine's burgeoning talent and this is an exciting theme for this series. Definitely a series to watch.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Excellent But.....

9/10
Author: tomdillon100 from United Kingdom
20 April 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

..just watched the first of series 4 last night - transferring souls etc.

The plot was almost identical to The Skeleton Key (2005) with Kate Hudson. I mean, I really couldn't believe how close it actually was! I'm sure it must be coincidence as the writers couldn't possibly have more or less copied it and hope no-one would notice?

The ending was even the same, with the evil do-ers succeeding in their plot! Come on!

What will next weeks episode be based on? The Others? The 6th Sense? How about Rosemary's Baby?

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