Who performs the theme song for ‘The Living and the Dead’?

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We’ve had lots of fans of BBC One’s new supernatural drama The Living and the Dead asking who the haunting theme music which plays over the equally spooky title sequence is by.

Director Alice Troughton (Merlin, In the Flesh) has kindly informed CultBox that the track is called ‘A Lyke Wake Dirge’.

It’s arranged and performed by The Insects, with vocals from Howling’ Lord.

The title sequence itself uses imagery from Mothlightan experimental short film by Stan Brakhage, released in 1963. The film was incredibly created without the use of a camera!

Listen to the song in the trailer…

Starring Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Glue), all six episodes of The Living and the Dead are already available to watch now as a box set on BBC iPlayer.

Set in Somerset in 1894, the six-part series begins at 9pm on Tuesday 28 June on BBC One.

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The official synopsis reads: “When a pioneering Victorian psychologist brings his vivacious young wife to live on his family’s estate, he is confronted by one disturbing case after another. Are these strange events linked merely by coincidence, or is there something more sinister – more supernatural – going on at Shepzoy?”

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