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Bedlam: Season One (DVD Review)

5 Nov, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 11/8/11
BBC Video
$34.98 two-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Charlotte Salt, Hugo Speer, Will Young, Ashley Madekwe, Theo James.

What could be better than renting a hip flat in trendy 21st century Bedlam Heights in the heart of Leeds, England, with neighbors who look like they walked off the pages of an Abercrombie & Fitch fashion catalog?

Nothing, except if the place formerly housed an insane asylum with ghosts that are now out to get new victims — and only one person, mysterious Jed (Theo James), knows about it and can possibly help.

That’s the premise behind the first season of the BBC America serial that finds Jed working and hanging out at Bedlam while his cousin, Kate (Charlotte Salt), works as a realtor attempting to sell the place — oblivious to the lurking dangers.

Throughout the six-episode run (the Brits have a way of condensing TV material better than their American counterparts), “Bedlam” includes requisite eye-candy with myriad skeletons (story-in-story arcs) in their past, who, when not confronting the resident evil, go bar hopping in stylish outfits and marginally are able to pay the rent.

In other words “Bedlam” is part supernatural soap opera and part horror flick, immersed in a good soundtrack — but without all that blood and guts stuff.

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