Supernatural With a British Twist? BBC’s The Fades

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20 May 11

More new fantasy/sci-fi, but this time not a US import, but a new British show from writer Jack Thorne (This Is England ’86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys).

Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya - Mac

The Fades (previously titled Touch, but Kiefer Sutherland’s new show nicked that!) stars Iain De Caestecker (River City, Coronation Street) as Paul, a young chap haunted, not only by apocalyptic dreams, but also the spirits of the dead which he can inexplicably see all around him. Unfortunately for Paul and his best friend Mac (Daniel Kaluuya – Skins, Psychoville, Sucker Punch), a rather bitter and vengeful spirit (refereed to as ‘Fades‘) has found a way to break through the barrier from the spirit world and placed the pair at the centre of a crisis that could lead to the end of the world as we know it!

They aren’t totally alone in this spirit battle though. The duo have help in the form of Neil (Johnny Harris – This is England ’86, Spartacus) ‘a lone warrior against the forces of darkness’ who becomes Paul’s mentor, and Helen (Natalie Dormer – The Tudors, Silk, W.E.) who, like Paul also has a unique gift – the ability to see the future.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer - Helen

Additional cast include Tom Ellis (Miranda, Harley Street, Merlin), playing Helen’s ex-husband Mark; Lily Loveless (Skins) as Paul’s feisty twin sister Anna, who’s less than impressed with her sibling, and Claire Rushbrook (Ashes To Ashes) as Paul as Anna’s mum.

Hard to tell from just the write up, but it’s sounding a little bit like the brilliant Supernatural, but with a very British edge to it. There’s a sneak peak of The Fades coming at next Sunday’s London Comic Con, so hopefully we’ll soon have a trailer and some more info to share!

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