Bodies Is Not Your Average Procedural

This was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Cops finding bodies is nothing new, especially in gloomy British murder series. But there are four bodies in Bodies—four of the same bodies in four different timelines.

This teaser is brief and to the point: “You’re not the first detective to discover this body,” begins a voice, as four detectives stumble upon a naked body in the same position. Those detectives are doing their work in four different eras. Times change, but the dead guy stays the same.

Here’s the synopsis:

Based on the mind-bending graphic novel by Si Spencer, Bodies is a police procedural with a twist. When a body – the same body – is found on Longharvest Lane in London’s East End in 1890, 1941, 2023 and 2053, one detective from each period must investigate. As connections are drawn across the decades, the detectives soon discover their investigations are linked, and an enigmatic political leader – Elias Mannix (Stephen Graham) – becomes increasingly central. Did he have a part to play in the murder? Or is something far more sinister at play? To solve the mystery, our four detectives must somehow collaborate and uncover a conspiracy spanning over 150 years.

One of those detectives is played by Kyle Soller, who’s so creepy on Andor; the others are played by Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Great), Shira Haas (Unorthodox), and Amaka Okafor (whose provides the voice of Nada in The Sandman audio). The eight-episode series is created by Paul Tomalin, who co-wrote the Torchwood episode “They Keep Killing Suzie.”

Bodies premieres on Netflix on October 19th.

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