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Primetime Show Reviews
review by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays on BBC3
This is a really great show. It's edgy, it's real, and yet it is also very
The show is about a geeky teenager who starts having apocalyptic dreams. Then he
finds out that he can see ghosts. There are a lot of different characters, and
tons of things happen. It can be a little confusing sometimes, but in a good
way. It makes you really wonder what's going to happen next.
You can't really see this show in the US, but I'm hoping that eventually, they
will show it here on BBC America or somewhere else.
It's the kind of show that really grabs you and doesn't let go. It's not just
spooky or creepy, like, say, American Horror Story. It's downright scary, like a
good horror movie. You don't ever see that on American TV.
The six-part series, written by Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is
England '86), concerns a young man called Paul (River City's Iain De Caestecker)
who's haunted by apocalyptic dreams and starts seeing spirits (or "fades") in
his everyday life; phenomena his best friend and therapist Mac (Psychoville's
Daniel Kaluuya) struggles to help him cope with.
Jack Thorne, on show's origin:
"The Fades was born from a trip into executive producer, Sue Hogg's office --
she asked me what drama of the last ten years I wished I'd written -- I said the
American cable show Freaks & Geeks -- I was wearing a Ghostbusters t-shirt, she
said 'what about Freaks & Geeks meets Ghostbusters'. And I smiled and nodded
enthusiastically. But the further we've gone along, and it's been five years
since that meeting, the more seriously we've taken the fantasy and the mythology
and so the comedy is subtler and a newer, fresher, hopefully more exciting show
has emerged. I feel so lucky to be part of the team that's bringing it to the
screen -- everyone from our location manager to our FX supervisor are so
committed and we have such an amazing cast -- I'm quite literally in dreamland
The Fades will co-star Miranda's Tom Ellis (a teacher suspected of killing his
missing wife), The Tudors' Natalie Dormer (the teacher's tormented new
girlfriend), This Is England '86's Johnny Harris (a mentor when it comes to
tackling the forces of darkness), This Life's Daniel Nardini (a woman with an
extraordinary ability), Skins' Lily Loveless (Paul's twin sister Anna), Ashes To
Ashes' Claire Rushbrook (Paul and Anna's mum), Theo Barklem-Biggs (a policeman),
Day Of The Triffids' Jenn Murray and Kick-Ass's Sophie Wu.
Award-winning writer, Jack Thorne (Skins, Cast Offs, This Is England 86)
explains the genesis of his new fantasy horror series for BBC Three and who or
what are The Fades.
"The Fades is a fantasy horror series about 17-year-old Paul (Iain De Caestecker)
who becomes embroiled in a battle between the living and the dead. But
fundamentally I think The Fades is a love story between Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) and
Paul. As a kid I didn't have a best friend that I could share everything with
and could be a team with, and this show is about a kid that's got one – it's a
love story about two best friends.
"The Fades are dead people, spirits that are trapped here in our world. There is
no reason why fades are chosen. Death is random and the Fades are those that are
left behind. They are angry, truly angry about the randomness and the pain and
suffering. They are rotting, they can't be touched, they're prisoners on Earth
and the series is about the Fades trying to break through back into the world of
"Our lead Fade has learnt how to touch and he can kill. In the beginning of
episode one he has crossed a line and is now able to touch and we follow him as
he gets more and more corporeal and more able to cause damage to human beings,
and kill. And we look how humankind responds to this.
"My inspiration for the series came from the sort of books I read as a kid. I
grew up not reading comic books but fantasy novels. The novelist that was most
important to me was probably Susan Cooper. How she writes, and what interests
me, is less the sort of super hero fantasy that seems quite prevalent at the
moment, and perhaps more old school – she writes about ordinary people in
extraordinary situations as opposed to extraordinary people in ordinary
"What makes The Fades different is that it is a fantasy show rather than a
science fiction show. It's about fairly ordinary people, none of these people
act or behave like they're superheroes. It's about the world being fantastical.
In episode one people have light coming out of their chests, insects crawling
out of their mouths and fight spirits that are seemingly not there. The Fades is
about the world itself being an extraordinary thing and how you battle it. This
old school fantasy element – combined with some pretty original characters – is
I hope is what will make people want to watch."
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