The Fades (TV series)

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The Fades
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Genre Supernatural drama
horror
Created by Jack Thorne
Starring Iain De Caestecker
Joe Dempsie
Natalie Dormer
Tom Ellis
Johnny Harris
Daniel Kaluuya
Lily Loveless
Sophie Wu
Daniela Nardini
Composer(s) Paul Thomson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Susan Hogg
Producer(s) Caroline Skinner
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three / BBC HD
Picture format 1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original run 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) – 26 October 2011 (2011-10-26)
External links
Website

The Fades is an award winning British supernatural drama television series created and written by Jack Thorne. The six episodes were first broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD beginning 21 September 2011 and on BBC America from 14 January 2012.

Plot[edit]

Paul, an English teenager who has a history of bedwetting, is haunted by apocalyptic dreams. He is able to see spirits of the dead, known as the Fades, all around him. The Fades cannot be seen, smelled, heard or touched by other humans – they are what is left of humans who have died but have not been accepted into the afterlife. As such, the Fades left on Earth have become embittered and vengeful toward the human race, and have since developed a way to become partly human again and regain control of touch within the real world. However, they remain unseen in the world except to those special few like Paul who are called "Angelics" and have the ability to perceive the Fades. Paul finds himself pulled into a conflict between the Angelics and the Fades, trying to prevent the Fades from breaking back into the world and destroying the human race.

Production[edit]

The school scenes were filmed at Queens School, Bushey. The majority of the location filming took place in South Oxhey, Oxhey, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, and Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The abandoned shopping centre used in the first episode is Oriental City.

In April 2012, Johnny Harris confirmed that a second series had not been commissioned.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Fades won the BAFTA award for best drama series in 2012.

Characters[edit]

  • Paul Roberts (Iain De Caestecker) Paul, the 17-year-old protagonist who discovers he is an Angelic, a human being who can perceive Fades, the spirits of the living who have not moved on to the afterlife.
  • Michael "Mac" Armstrong (Daniel Kaluuya), Paul's best friend.
  • Neil Valentine (Johnny Harris), an Angelic and Paul's mentor.
  • Sarah Etches (Natalie Dormer), a Fade, who in life was an Angelic, and the wife of Mark.
  • Mark Etches (Tom Ellis), Sarah's husband, and Paul's history teacher.
  • Helen (Daniela Nardini), an Angelic.
  • Meg (Claire Rushbrook), mother of Paul and Anna
  • Anna Roberts (Lily Loveless), Paul's twin sister.
  • Jay (Sophie Wu), Anna's best friend, and the object of Paul's affection.
  • John (Ian Hanmore/Joe Dempsie), a Fade and the primary antagonist of the series.
  • Natalie (Jenn Murray), a Fade, and follower of John.
  • Steve McEwan (Chris Mason), Anna's boyfriend.

Episodes[edit]

# Episode Director Writer(s) Original air date Viewing figure
1 "Episode 1" Farren Blackburn Jack Thorne 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) 867,000[2]
Paul and Mac are in an old, abandoned shopping centre. Paul witnesses a supernatural creature attacking a man and a woman. The man (Neil) later tracks down Paul and explains to him about the "Fades" who are the dead, trapped on earth and unable to pass on. Neil suspects that one of them has acquired the ability of touch.
2 "Episode 2" Farren Blackburn Jack Thorne 28 September 2011 (2011-09-28) 575,000[3]
Neil takes Paul to see an ancient Fade, who foresees his importance in the looming battle.
3 "Episode 3" Farren Blackburn Jack Thorne 5 October 2011 (2011-10-05) 582,000[4]
Paul's friendship with Mac and relationship with Jay are pushed to breaking point.
4 "Episode 4" Tom Shankland Jack Thorne 12 October 2011 (2011-10-12) 654,000[5]
Paul's loved ones struggle in the aftermath of his accident. A stranger menaces the town.
5 "Episode 5" Tom Shankland Jack Thorne 19 October 2011 (2011-10-19) 702,000[7]
Paul searches for meaning to his resurrection whilst more reborn Fades infiltrate the town.[6]
6 "Episode 6" Tom Shankland Jack Thorne 26 October 2011 (2011-10-26) 698,000[8]
The end of the world is coming - and all that stands in its way is Paul. It is inevitable.

Reception[edit]

Michael Deacon, of The Telegraph newspaper, described the opening episode as "promisingly tense."[9]

Writing for The Guardian, Ben Dowell commented that the series proved that "It is difficult not to watch BBC3 and E4 and think channels which target the under 35s are emerging as amongst the best places for boldness and innovation in UK TV drama."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Golder, Dave (5 April 2012). "Being Human Series 5 News". SFX. Future Publishing. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Ratings Sep 19 - Sep 25". BARB. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "The ratings thread". Digital Spy. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Weekly Ratings Oct 03 - Oct 09". BARB. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Weekly Ratings Oct 10 - Oct 16". BARB. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "BBC Three - The Fades, Episode 5". BBC Three. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Weekly Ratings Oct 10 - Oct 16". BARB. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Weekly Ratings Oct 10 - Oct 16". BARB. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Deacon, Michael (21 September 2011). "The Fades, BBC Three, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Dowell, Ben (22 September 2011). "From The Fades to the Misfits - is youth drama leading the way?". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 

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