DVD review: The Returned

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What would you do if long-deceased members of your family – daughters, wives, sons – turned up on your doorstep, apparently alive and well, asking what happened to them? Over eight episodes this measured, gripping French drama portrays a mountain community confronting just that question.

By turns moving and chilling, it confounds your expectations of a zombie thriller – plus it features a worthy addition to the scary kid archetype, the peerleesly terrifying Victor (that's him, on the DVD cover). For those who aren't too weirded out by the bamboozling final episode, a welcome second series arrives next year.