Afterlife premiered on ITV1 on September 24, 2005. Alison Mundy has a gift, but it's a gift that's destroying her life. Ever since she was a child, Alison has seen spirits, but after a near-death experience, they have taken over her life. She finds it hard to keep a grip on reality. When she passes people in the street, she doesn't always know whether they are dead or alive. She lies in bed at night and can't escape the voices that cry out to her. Robert Bridge is a psychology lecturer at the university, grieving the loss of his son, Josh, who was killed in a car accident three years ago. Robert was driving the car when it happened and blames himself for Josh's death. Robert specialises in the study of psychic mediums. Naturally a skeptic, he believes they are dishonest, preying on the emotions of the vulnerable and needy. He begins to study Alison with the intention of writing about her and the people who come to her for help. But their association is thrown into crisis when Alison reveals she is in contact with his dead son Josh.