In four different decades, spanning across 150 years, four detectives investigate the murder of the same body, which is inexplicably found multiple times in the same spot in London’s Whitechapel.
“You are not the first detective to discover this body,” says a commanding voice over a scene of one of the detectives looking down at the yellowing corpse.
The first time the body is discovered is in 1890. It then re-emerges again in 1941, then 2023, and then 2053. The trailer zooms in on each officer as they each make the gruesome discovery.
“I’m going to tell you everything,” says the same voice, on top of a montage of the detectives – who are played by Kyle Soller (Andor), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Great), Amaka Okafor (The Split) and Shira Haas (Unorthodox) – looking increasingly alarmed. A futuristic beat thuds in the background of the clip, creating a real sense of unease.
“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,” teases the show’s logline. “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.”
The eight-episode series, which is dropping on Netflix on October 19, is an adaptation of a DC graphic novel written by Si Spencer and illustrated by Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Tula Lotay, Meghan Hetrick and Lee Loughridge.
In the graphic novels, which were released in 2014, the four time zones overlap with several historical events. In 1890 Jack the Ripper is still at large; in 1941, German bombs are decimating London. In the modern day there are racist rioters, and in the future, DS Maplewood is navigating life in a post-apocalyptic city.
Bodies has been created by writer Paul Tomalin, who previously worked on Torchwood and Shameless. He wrote it alongside Danusia Samal, whose credits include Gangs of London. “I wrote on 3 eps of this baby and it was a joy,” said Samal on Twitter, sharing the trailer. “So excited for the world to see.”
The series will be directed by German filmmaker Marco Kreuzpaintner, alongside writer and director Haolu Wang.
British actor Stephen Graham has had a couple of busy years, starring in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 award-winning gangster film The Irishman, 2021’s kitchen drama Boiling Point and in Matilda the Musical last year. He has also recently had roles in Peaky Blinders and ITV crime-drama The Walk-In.
Bodies will be released on Netflix on October 19