Young Dracula

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Young Dracula
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Young Dracula title card (Series 1-2)
Genre Teen drama
Supernatural drama
Horror
Sitcom
Created by Danny Robins
Dan Tetsell
Starring Keith-Lee Castle
Gerran Howell
Clare Thomas
Simon Ludders
Andy Bradshaw
Composer(s) John Rea (series 1)
Nick Lloyd (series 2–3)
Simon Rogers (Series 4)
Michael J McEvoy (series 5)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Josephine Ward
Producer(s) Mia Jupp (series 1–2)
Lis Steele (series 3–4)
Melanie Halsall (Series 3)
Candida Julian-Jones (series 5)
Editor(s) Christian Blood
Emyr Jenkins
Robert Douglas-Reeves
Nick Holes
Jane Murrell
Pedr James
Angharad Owen
Bleddyn Rhys
Location(s) Glamorgan (series 1–2)
Liverpool (series 3–5)
Camera setup Videotape (filmized) (series 1–2)
RED (series 3–5)
Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Cymru Wales
Broadcast
Original channel CBBC Channel
Repeats
BBC One
BBC One HD (series 3)
BBC HD (series 3)
Picture format SDTV (576i) (series 1–2)
HDTV (1080i) (series 3–5)
Audio format Stereo
Original airing

21 September 2006 - 8 February 2008

31 October 2011 - 31 March 2014

Young Dracula was a British teenage horror drama television series airing on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula and Young Monsters, a children's book by Michael Lawrence. The final episode aired on 31 March 2014.

The first two series follow the Dracula family, a family of vampires: Vladimir (Vlad), his father Count Dracula, and sister Ingrid. Having lived in Transylvania, they move to Stokely, a small town in Wales after various incidents involving angry peasant mobs. It was filmed in various locations around Wales, including Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Caerphilly Castle, Tretower Court and parts of Llantrisant. Directed by Joss Agnew, the first series was broadcast in 2006, and the second series, which started in late 2007, concluded in early 2008.

The third series, commissioned three years after the second, sees Vlad and the Count flee both vampires and slayers, while the Count is determined that Vlad should fulfil his destiny to become "the Chosen One". This series was filmed in Liverpool during 2011, in various locations including the disused Margaret Bevan School, Croxteth Hall and Stanley Docks.[1][2][3] It began airing on 31 October 2011. The fourth series follows on from season three's predicament and was helmed by a new director, and began airing on 29 October 2012. Young Dracula was renewed for a fifth series in 2013, with filming beginning in April,[4] and was broadcast from January 2014.

Young Dracula was nominated for Best Children's Drama in the 2008 BAFTA Awards and has been nominated for several other awards. An additional series, the Young Dracula Files, began broadcasting on 24 October 2012, in which the main characters tell their stories of the past. It was primarily hosted by the character Bertrand Du Fortunesa, played by Cesare Taurasi.

Characters[edit]

Character Portrayed by Series
1 2 3 4 5
Vladimir Dracula Gerran Howell
Count Dracula Keith Lee Castle
Ingrid Dracula Clare Thomas
Renfield Simon Ludders
Jonathan Van Helsing Terry Haywood
Zoltan Andy Bradshaw
Mina Van Helsing Jo-Anne Knowles
Wolfie Lorenzo Rodriguez
Miss Alex McCauley Letty Butler
Robin Branagh Craig Roberts
Chloe Branagh Lucy Borja-Edwards
Eric Van Helsing Terence Maynard
Bertrand du Fortunesa Cesare Taurasi
Erin Noble Sydney Rae White
Ryan Noble Tom Gibbons
Ramanga Robbie Gee
Adze Ramanga Nathasha Stokes
Malik Vaccaria Richard Southgate
Sally Giles Laura Howard
George Giles Bella Band
Asan Ramanga Quinton Nyirenda
Talitha Eleanor Gecks

Colour key:

     Character was in the series

Main cast[edit]

Character Actor Description
Count Dracula Keith-Lee Castle Count Dracula is a 600-year-old vampire who has emigrated to Britain from Transylvania with his two children, Vlad and Ingrid, to escape a torch-wielding "angry peasant mob". One of the most powerful vampires, he has nevertheless decided to keep a low profile. Despite his claims to be "The Prince of Darkness", the Count displays occasional compassion; he is deeply in love with Magda Westenra, the estranged mother of Ingrid, and has a soft spot for "breather" women. The Count also adheres to traditional vampiric values, such as favouring his male child Vlad while ignoring Ingrid's obvious vampiric talents; despite repeatedly shunning Ingrid for being female, he eventually confesses his fatherly love for her when near death.
Vladimir "Vlad" Dracula Gerran Howell Vlad is the Count's "son and heir". Unlike his sister Ingrid, Vlad would much prefer to be a normal boy than a vampire, but still wants to please his father; much of the series focuses on the conflict of these two ideals. He initially finds friends in the Branaghs and often talks to his loyal, talking stuffed wolf, Zoltan (voiced by Andy Bradshaw). Vlad eventually discovers that he is to be the "Chosen One", the leader of all vampires, who will guide the vampire race to a new destiny. After escaping from Stokely when Ingrid takes over, the Count continues to prepare Vlad to embrace his vampiric destiny which he eventually does. However, he still believes in vampires and breathers co-existing together and does all he can to make this happen. Vlad for a long time only drank soya blood substitute and avoided drinking human blood, something he promised himself never to do. It was only in the fourth season when Erin was on her deathbed and against her wishes, out of love he bit her and turned her into a vampire. After facing her anger and also because of an unsuccessful battle with Malik, Vlad became so downhearted that he did what he had sworn never to do; drink human blood, one of the bottles of blood kept in the Draculas' blood cellar. But he soon reverted back to his original way and only drank soya substitute. Vlad still carries out his responsibilities of protecting his loved ones and saved his family from becoming slain by Sethius in the third season, and with Ingrid's help, by Malik and his mother in the fourth season.

In season five Vlad discovers that he is in fact "half-breather" when the Count reluctantly admits he had a fling with a breather woman who named him Adam; the Count made sure to adopt him to ensure he would fit in to the vampire world. As he approaches his eighteenth birthday, and the time of becoming the Chosen One approaches, Vlad has begun to lose his powers as his human side emerges. As he is half human, he is ultimately given the choice to remain a vampire or become a breather on his 18th birthday; initially choosing the latter, he eventually decides to stay a vampire in order to pursue his relationship with Talitha and travel the world.

Ingrid Dracula Clare Thomas Ingrid is the eldest child of Count Dracula. Unlike her brother, she embraces the vampiric lifestyle and dresses in feminine, black or red Gothic clothes. Ingrid is an attractive but cruel character, spending most of her time taunting people or arguing with her father, whom she wishes to impress, but to no avail. Initially furious at having to move to Great Britain, she enjoys the popularity at her new school. Her ultimate goal is to become an "all-powerful vampire goddess". When her father became trapped and Vlad was injured, she took the opportunity to seize the Dracula throne in order to avenge the death of her boyfriend, Will; the Count and Vlad were forced to flee soon after.

Despite her past actions, she is not entirely heartless, having shown compassion to the Branaghs as well as to her own family. After rejoining the family at Garside, she has attempted to increase her power with many schemes, often involving the Vampire High Council. She has also since attempted to "dust" her brother several times, and her constantly shifting attitude towards her family often depends on her latest scheme (she has mentioned that "we're Draculas - it's what we do").

Renfield Simon Ludders Renfield (first name Percival) is the Draculas' servant and dogsbody, a dim-witted, unclean "breather" who has been in service to the Draculas for his entire life after the death of his servant father, Renfield Senior. He does all that he can to help the Count, but tends to get things wrong. Despite appearing to be unintelligent, he is seen to be skilled at alchemy and dentistry, with working knowledge of similar areas of science. He also appears to have a penchant for cross-dressing. He wants nothing more than to become a vampire himself, and eventually gets his wish when the Count sees no other way out to one of Ingrid's schemes. Despite this, his personality seemingly remains much the same as before.

Extended family[edit]

Character Actor Description
Magda Carmilla Elizabetha Bathoria Westenra Donna Grant Magda is the Count's ex-wife (though by her own admission, she and the Count never actually married) who "ran off with a werewolf" named Patrick, much to the disgust of the Count. She is considerably vain and selfish, often manipulating the Count's feelings towards her, and claiming to love him, when she has ulterior motives. The Count seems to love her precisely because she is so heartless. Later, Magda has a part-werewolf son with Patrick, though once again she manipulates the Count by trying to pretend that he is the father. She leaves to return to Patrick after her ruse is discovered. Magda is the mother of Ingrid and supposedly Vlad, but the Count later reveals Vlad's biological mother is in fact a breather; Madga had agreed to accept Vlad as her child to ease the pressure of producing a male heir.
Krone and Atilla Westenra Howell Evans and Rosamund Shelly Krone and Atilla are Ingrid's maternal grandparents, described as being "wicked, spiteful and evil". They are incredibly strict about vampire laws, believing that the traditional vampiric ways should be upheld at all times. Neither Krone nor Atilla think much of the Count, and claim he brought further shame upon the family when he moved them to Stokely. They show favouritism towards Ingrid, but in accordance with vampire tradition share the view with the rest of the family that Vlad should be the one to inherit the title, despite his lack of natural aptitude.
Ivan Dracula Phillip Brodie Ivan is the Count's younger brother who lives in America, but who briefly stays at the Castle with his two children, Boris and Olga. Despite being introduced in a flashback as evil and blood thirsty, Ivan took up a blood-free way of life, drinking "soya blood" and making his living from real estate. After smelling slayer's blood, he returns to his bloodthirsty ways, much to Vlad's dismay, before moving back to America with his children.
Boris Dracula Ciaran Joyce Boris is Vlad's cousin who, like Vlad, does not wish to be a vampire. A physically weak asthmatic, he develops a friendship with Vlad, and both attempt to find a way out of transformation before Boris' upcoming sixteenth birthday. Unable to find a way out of transformation, Boris becomes a handsome vampire who manipulates Vlad into believing he has transformed into a "good" vampire. However, he soon reveals his true nature as a hysterical, power-hungry maniac. After Ivan moves his family back to America, Boris returns by disguising himself as the vampire community's "judge, jury and executioner", slaying the Grand High Vampire and attempting to wear the Grand High Vampire's crown, but as only one who is worth of wearing the crown may do so, he is instantly turned to dust.
Olga Dracula Maddie Rakic-Platt Olga is Ivan's daughter and Boris's sister. She acts like a sweet girl in front of her father and uncle, but is fiercely and competitively evil when not in the company of adults. She often engaged in verbal warfare with Ingrid, and as well as always being very confident, tends to win.
Will Clarke Harry Ferrier Will is Ingrid's boyfriend at Stokely who attends Stokely Grammar and appears to be one of the most popular boys there; he proves himself to be different from the other boys there as he does not fawn over Ingrid. At first, Ingrid views him as an annoyance, but quickly finds herself in love with him, despite initial disgust at the idea of dating a breather. Ingrid later bites him to avoid her vampiric identity being discovered, causing him to become a "half-fang" - a vampire that was not born, but bitten as a mortal. Will seems to enjoy his life as a vampire living in the Dracula castle, providing Ingrid with the attention and love she had needed, but his new reckless attitude costs him his life when slayers attack the castle. His death drives Ingrid's rage, and she seizes the opportunity to claims the Count's throne for her own, intending to avenge Will's death.

The Branaghs[edit]

Character Actor Description
Graham and Elizabeth Branagh Aneirin Hughes and Beth Roberts Graham and Elizabeth are the cheery, typically suburbanite neighbours of the Draculas and a constant annoyance to the Count Dracula. Where the Count does his best to make Vlad a "normal vampire", they constantly do their best to make Robin a "normal boy", finding his fixation with vampires somewhat unhealthy. Though they eventually discover the true nature of the Dracula family, Vlad erases their memories of vampires, and the family leave the castle to return to normal life.
Robin Branagh Craig Roberts Robin is Vlad's best friend and self-confessed "vampire geek", even to the extent of wearing a black cape to school and owning a sort of contraption that enables him to hang upside down.[5] Robin is the first person outside of the Dracula household to discover that his new friend is in fact a vampire after spotting a hearse from his bedroom and following it up to the castle then climbing inside Vlad's bedroom window. Despite being considered strange, Robin is shown to be a respectable (if morbid) artist and an excellent chess player, as well as a brilliant football player, much to his shock. Robin's love of vampire culture is frequently used as a counter to Vlad's desire to be a normal human, often not caring for the "danger" or "significance" of a given situation but preferring the "coolness" of vampirism. Though a loyal friend to Vlad, he often tries to encourage Vlad's vampiric destiny, at times only begrudgingly helping Vlad in his attempts to avoid becoming a vampire; Robin fears that if Vlad does achieve his wish in becoming normal he will no longer speak to Robin leaving him feeling alone once again. Along with the rest of his family, Vlad mind-wipes Robin making him forget that vampires ever existed. However, it is revealed in the later series that Vlad can not mind-wipe someone he cares about, so although it is not made clear in the following series, it could be possible that Robin never forgot about his best friend. In the following series, Vlad tells Erin about Robin and confesses that even four years after the mind-wipe he still misses him.
Chloe Branagh Lucy Borja-Edwards Chloe is Robin's ten-year-old sister and the only person besides Robin who knows the true nature of Vlad's family. At first frightened and threatening to report him to the school headteacher, she soon realises Vlad is good and becomes friends with him and like Robin promises to keep the fact his family are vampires secret. Chloe is the voice of reason in the friendship between Vlad, Robin and herself, and is often seen as the rival of Ingrid. She describes herself as a "child prodigy", and has a depth of knowledge ranging from Egyptian hieroglyphs to psychology. A caring person, she attempts to help Renfield stand up for his rights against the Count, with limited success. She later shies away from her friendship with Vlad after the incident at the castle that nearly saw her family attacked by vampires, but does help Vlad and Robin look for an artifact that would cure the curse of vampirism.
Ian and Paul Branagh Ben McGregor and Luke Bridgeman Ian and Paul are the not overly bright twin sons of Graham and Elizabeth. Both have huge crushes on Ingrid, and alternately rival and assist one another in getting near her. Though originally annoyed by their presence, Ingrid eventually learns to manipulate them to her advantage. They do not seem to have a good brotherly relationship with Robin, whom they frequently refer to as the "freak" or the "weirdo goth child". However, they were impressed and surprised by Robin's talent at football and gave him a place on the school team. That is until Robin purposely played badly so he could make amends with Vlad after an argument over the Blood Test.

The Van Helsings[edit]

Character Actor Description
Eric Van Helsing Terence Maynard A vampire slayer who originally believed Robin to be a vampire due to his appearance, but turned his attention to Vlad after discovering he lived in a castle and had arrived from Transylvania. His daytime, or "cover", identity is as a woodwork teacher at Stokely Grammar School, which the Branagh and the Dracula children attend. Whilst not a real threat to the much stronger, smarter Count Dracula, he is a constant annoyance to the family, who under no circumstances can afford to have their secret revealed to the world. His obsession annoys his son Jonathan who initially does not believe in vampires and would rather live a normal life.

Despite entering the castle multiple times in many disguises, he has only once come close to slaying Dracula, when he fired a wooden crossbow-bolt at the Count's heart, deflected by a flask of blood in the Count's waistcoat pocket. He finally manages to slay a vampire (Will) when rescuing his ex-wife from the clutches of the Count, but as Vlad erases the memory of the mortals in the castle, he soon after forgets the existence of vampires along with the Branaghs. In Season 3 Episode 10, it is revealed Eric has died at the hands of a vampire because of the increased susceptibility the mind-wipe caused.

Jonathan 'Jonno' Van Helsing Terry Haywood Jonno is the son of Eric and reluctant heir to the traditional vampire-slaying vocation of the Van Helsings. Throughout series one, Jonathan is often exasperated by his father's tendency to see vampires everywhere.A running joke is Jonathan expressing concern that his father will go to prison and trying to persuade his father to use less violent techniques to find evidence of vampirism. Despite plenty of opportunities, Jonathan fails to recognise that Vlad, Ingrid (on whom he has a crush, but by whom he is completely ignored) and the Count are vampires until the final episode of the first series. Mainly because Vlad acts so normal and has dad has never found a real vampire before while with Jonathan.

His father continuously ignores his needs because of his obsession with vampire-slaying. Jonathan occasionally tries to tell his father that his obsession is the reason Jonathan's mother left him for an estate agent. However, after discovering that the Draculas are vampires, he develops a hatred for Vlad and all the members of the Dracula family, and decides to follow in his father's footsteps. Along with the Branaghs, his memory is erased by Vlad at the end of the second series. Jonno's voice is heard when the two slayers contact SHQ in Season 3 Episode 1, and makes his reappearance in Episode 10. He and Mina arrive at Garside Grange to survey the conditions the Draculas are living in, seemingly mind-wpied, so they can exact their revenge upon the clan.

Mina Van Helsing Jo-Anne Knowles Mina is the wife of Eric, who left him and Jonathan before series one began, having become sick of her husband's obsession with vampires. She returns in series two to discovers that Jonathan now shares his father's obsession with vampires and decides to temporarily remain with the pair, in the hope of knocking some sense into them. After the Count is taunted by Ingrid for not biting any "breathers" the Count captures Mina and keeps her in the castle dungeons. She is saved by Eric and Jonathan, and apologises for not believing them, but thanks to Vlad, forgets about vampires and that she was ever a prisoner. She returns in series three with Jonno to jointly avenge Eric's death.

At Garside School[edit]

Character Actor Description
Erin Noble Sydney Rae White Erin arrives in the Dracula household having saved a sick Ingrid from the threatening slayers, saying that she has been bitten and is a vampire. But at the end of the first episode of the third series, it is shown that Erin has a reflection, revealing she lied about being a vampire. In the second episode of Series 3, she is revealed as a slayer who wishes to kill Ingrid and the Draculas to save her brother, Ryan. Ingrid bit Ryan and Erin believes Ingrid's death would make him human again. However, despite numerous opportunities, she cannot stake her as she cannot morally distinguish Ingrid as not human. In the episode "Fangs for the Memories", Vlad tells Erin that this is just an old legend which doesn't work despite people trying. In this episode is also implied that Vlad may have feelings for her as he once had a dream about kissing her. In the episode "Carpathian Feast" it is revealed that Vlad does have feelings for her, and he kisses her. He discovers the secret that she is a breather and decides to keep it. After this Erin and Vlad become closer. The actress who plays Erin revealed via Twitter that the character's last name is "Noble". Vlad and Erin's romantic interests towards each other grow into the series, even proclaiming their love for each other. But when Erin is dying and against her wishes, Vlad bites her in order to save her. After this Erin says she will never forgive him. However, Erin soon embraces the vampiric lifestyle if not to spite Vlad. When Elizabetta's plot to kill the Draculas fails, Malik and Erin, who had assisted him are banished by Vlad. When Malik returned in season 5, he revealed that Erin was dusted by a shadow warrior sent by Ramanga.
Bertrand du Fortunesa Cesare Taurasi Bertrand suddenly appears in the school in the second episode of the third series. He is the guardian of the Praedictum Impaver, the ancient, skeletal book that is said to contain the future of the vampire race and which only the "Chosen One" can open. Bertrand's mission is to tutor Vlad to harness his powers to open the book, before he and his family get hurt. Bertrand discovers Vlad's wishes of Vampire-Breather peace, and wants to put an end to them before realizing that Vlad's way is right. In the fourth series, Bertrand has joined Vlad's gang, working for peace. After discovering that a shape-shifter is on the loose to kill Vlad, Bertrand attempts to warn Vlad but he ignores him due to his other problems such as Erin and the coexistence. When Bertrand finds the proof he needs, he is framed as a traitor and Vlad kills him before he can reveal who the shape-shifter is. After discovering Bertrand was telling the truth Vlad kills Elizibeta after also discovering she attempted to kill his dad also. Vlad strongly regrets killing Bertrand and would do anything to have him back.
Malik Richard Southgate Malik is a 300 year old street-wise vampire who appears at Garside Grange, claiming that the Count was his father, showing the Count a locket that belonged to his mother, Elizabetta. Malik was later revealed to be plotting with his mother Elizabetta to destroy the family as revenge; Vlad vanquished Elizabetta and banished Malik, along with Erin. Despite this, Malik later returned, warning the family of "Shadow Warriors" that had come to destroy them. He soon learns that his father is not in fact the Count, and that Elizabetta had lied to him. Malik was used in a ritual to transfer Vlad's powers to Ramanga, causing him to be dusted.
Elizabeta Kaye Wragg Elizabetta is Malik's mother and also ex-wife to the Count. After the Count decided his true love was Magda, and a messy divorce, she plotted revenge for hundreds of years before appearing at Garside as a shapeshifter, plotting with her son Malik to overthrow the family. Despite her power, Vlad was able to use his rare ability to "Zone" - turn any living being into crystal - locking Elizabetta inside and throwing her into a lake found in the family's Blood Mirror.
Miss Alexandra McCauley Letty Butler Miss McCauley is the Head Teacher of Garside Grange, which the Draculas own and live in. She is smart, sassy and caring and takes an interest in the welfare of both Vlad and Ingrid. Miss McCauley is oblivious to the fact that they are all vampires, but does think the Count is rather "eccentric and peculiar". The Count is in love with Miss McCauley, who cannot be hypnotised by him (this is comparable to the series 2 episode "Love Bites" in which Ingrid discovers that she cannot hypnotise Will because she is in love with him). His feelings for her are made more obvious is episode 4, "Fangs for the Memories", particularly when Miss McCauley comments on the Count's "good heart" and he replies by remarking upon her heartbeat: "Sixty-five strong, healthy beats per minute...sixty-eight".
Wolfie Lorenzo Rodriguez Wolfie is the half brother of Ingrid and the stepbrother of Vlad. He is the child of Magda and her love interest, Patrick the werewolf. Wolfie must be careful around the full moon, when his werewolf genes come to life. Renfield at first has a strained relationship with Wolfie, who places the relationship between Renfield and the Count under pressure. Eventually, Renfield and Wolfie become close, and in series 5 when Magda took Wolfie back to her home Renfield was deeply grieved.
Ryan Noble Tom Gibbons Ryan is Erin's brother. Ingrid bites Ryan, turning him into a "half-fang"; unfortunately for her, his slayer blood causes her to become violently ill. Erin believes Ryan can be saved from his vampiric fate by wiping out the vampire who bit him. Ryan is introduced in the second episode of Series Three: having been hiding in Erin's boot until this point, he leaves Erin's company before his full transformation begins so she can find a solution to his fate without having to fear him losing control and biting her. He reappears in the ninth episode to check on Erin's progress, and again in the tenth, where it is revealed he gave the Van Helsings information on the location of the Draculas just before he was slain. Ryan's attitude to his sister becomes hostile, until she gives him a necklace before he takes part in a quiz.
Adze Ramanga Natasha Stokes Adze arrives when summoned by Count Dracula and Ramanga she was made to be Vlads wife and to be his first ever bite but little did the Dracula`s know that Adze and her father were plotting against the Dracula clan. Adze and her father attempted to frame Ryan and kill Erin more than once. In the end they got hold of the ring of Arianrod which in kill Vlad. Adze blew a fire ball causing Erin to fall off the roof of Gardside Grange. Adze was eventually dusted by Mina Van Helsing.
Sally Laura Howard Vlad's human mother. The Count reveals to Vlad in series 5 that he met Sally at a Goth festival in Whitby when she was eighteen. After spending the weekend together she became pregnant with Vlad (whom she originally named Adam). She reveals her parents persuaded her to give Vlad up for adoption, however, unknown to her it was the Count who secretly adopted him. After some internet research, Vlad discovers that Sally is a sculptor and invites her to Garside pretending to require her to design a sculpture. Vlad remains silent about who and what he really is, but it is not long until she discovers the family are vampires and Vlad is the child she had with the Count. After some encouragement from Vlad and his half sister, George, Sally accepts Vlad's offer to stay at Garside for a few days so they can get to know each other. When Vlad officially becomes the chosen one, he tells Sally that it's not safe for her and George to stay in a world of vampires and tells her he will wipe their memories. (With his Chosen One powers initialised the mind-wipe should be as effective on a loved one as it would be for anyone else victim to a mind-wipe.) Sally originally protests, but because of Vlad's insistence she agrees. She tells Vlad that she and George will always love him, then has a short romantic goodbye with the Count. Vlad gives her part of the yin and yang necklace he received from Talitha, and said by wearing the necklace he and Sally would always be connected. Even after the mindwipe Sally tells George that she loves the necklace and will never take it off.
George Bella Band Vlad's half sister and Sally's daughter. Her full name is Georgina, but she greatly dislikes being called it. She is about eleven years old and good at translating Latin, which proved useful when translating a scroll that saved Vlad and the Count from being condemned by the Vampire High Council. George cares a lot about Vlad and refers to him as her brother, not her half brother. She continuously asked Vlad to move in with her and her mother, if not asking Sally to ask him. George was also the one who persuaded Sally to let them stay at Garside so they could get to know Vlad better. She also becomes close to Asan and Renfield. At the end of the series, her memory is wiped by Vlad as well as Sally's in order to keep them safe from the world of vampires.
Talitha Elenor Gecks Vlad's friend who he met whilst on his world travels. Like Vlad, she does not drink human blood but soya blood substitute and is described by Ingrid and Malik as a hippie. Vlad eventually tells her he is half human and that he is slowly losing his vampire powers. Talitha tries to help him reconnect to them, but without much success. When Vlad tried to get rid of his bodyguard from the Vampire High Council, she revealed to Vlad that she was his real bodyguard and had been protecting him since they first met. At the end of the series, she is the reason Vlad decides to remain a vampire when the Vampire High Council reveal to Vlad that all half vampire/half breathers have a choice to remain a vampire or become human at dawn on their eighteenth birthday. The two become romantically involved and leave Garside to travel the world again when Vlad receives his chosen one powers.
Piers Mark Rowley A Scottish Breather who has extensive knowledge of vampires. He takes a great interest in Ingrid who finds him very annoying and originally wanted him to help her with her computer research involving members of the Vampire High Council. Later in the series, Piers rescues Ingrid from a secret passageway under Garside. She is afraid the whole time she is there and frequently hugs Piers in fear showing that she is slowly developing feelings for him. After the battle with the Blood Seed in the last episode, Piers revealed he had purchased Garside from the Count and tells Ingrid that she owns half of the property. At this, the two go on to live there together.
Asan Quinton Nyirenda Asan is a young vampire of about ten years old. He is first seen appealing to the Count for help when he claims the Shadow Warriors attacked his village. However, this proves to be untrue as it is revealed that Asan is Ramanga's youngest son and has come to the Draculas to avenge him for humiliating him and eventually for believing he has been dusted. Despite this he becomes close to George and Malik, and tries to persuade his father (who has not been dusted after all) to spare Malik when Ramanga plans to use him in a ritual to absorb Vlad's dormant chosen one powers. The ritual fails as Malik is dusted and the Count kills Ramanga. After this Asan leaves with his brother Shango to get revenge. Throughout the series Asan's loyalties are divided most of the time. He wants to avenge his father, but at the same time feels guilty for betraying any kindness shown to him by either the Draculas or Sally and George. At the end of the series, Asan and Shango make peace with Vlad when the Blood Seed is safely contained.
Shango Amron Adams The eldest son of Ramanga and Asan's brother. He wishes to have revenge on the Draculas when he believed his father had been dusted. When the Count was planning to sell Garside, Shango pretended he was interested in purchasing it, whilst keeping his identity and his motives secret. When Ramanga really was dusted by the Count Shango once again swore revenge. At the end of the series, he somewhat reluctantly agreed to make peace with Vlad after the chaos with the Blood Seed.

Episodes[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 14 21 September 2006 (21 September 2006) 21 December 2006 (21 December 2006)
2 13 2 November 2007 (2 November 2007) 8 February 2008 (8 February 2008)
3 13 31 October 2011 (31 October 2011) 12 December 2011 (12 December 2011)
4 13 29 October 2012 (29 October 2012) 18 December 2012 (18 December 2012)
5 13 13 January 2014 31 March 2014

Ratings[edit]

Series Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking
1
1 21 September 2006 N/A N/A
2 28 September 2006 N/A N/A
3 5 October 2006 N/A N/A
4 12 October 2006 N/A N/A
5 19 October 2006 N/A N/A
6 26 October 2006 N/A N/A
7 2 November 2006 N/A N/A
8 9 November 2006 N/A N/A
9 16 November 2006 N/A N/A
10 23 November 2006 N/A N/A
11 30 November 2006 N/A N/A
12 7 December 2006 N/A N/A
13 14 December 2006 195,000 2
14 21 December 2006 194,000 6
2
1 2 November 2007 313,000 2
2 9 November 2007 210,000 N/A
3 16 November 2007 269,000 6
4 23 November 2007 312,000 5
5 30 November 2007 270,000 6
6 7 December 2007 274,000 3
7 14 December 2007 335,000 2
8 21 December 2007 242,000 9
9 11 January 2008 307,000 4
10 18 January 2008 270,000 4
11 25 January 2008 201,000 N/A
12 1 February 2008 137,000 N/A
13 8 February 2008 291,000 8
3
1 31 October 2011 454,000 2
2 1 November 2011 539,000 1
3 7 November 2011 524,000 1
4 8 November 2011 437,000 3
5 14 November 2011 562,000 1
6 15 November 2011 508,000 2
7 21 November 2011 557,000 2
8 22 November 2011 573,000 1
9 28 November 2011 587,000 1
10 29 November 2011 520,000 4
11 5 December 2011 497,000 1
12 6 December 2011 389,000 5
13 12 December 2011 457,000 4
4
1 29 October 2012 407,000 8
2 5 November 2012 306,000 10
3 12 November 2012 332,000 9
4 19 November 2012 334,000 N/A
5 26 November 2012 272,000 N/A
6 27 November 2012 253,000 N/A
7 3 December 2012 326,000 N/A
8 4 December 2012 341,000 N/A
9 10 December 2012 269,000 N/A
10 11 December 2012 312,000 N/A
11 17 December 2012 326,000 6
12 18 December 2012 314,000 8
13 18 December 2012 328,000 5

Awards[edit]

  • In 2007 Young Dracula won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Children's Drama, and the Welsh BAFTA for Best Children's Drama.
  • In 2008 Young Dracula was nominated for the BAFTA Children's Drama Award.
  • In 2012 "Young Dracula" was nominated for three awards at the Royal Television Society North West awards including Best Programme and for a Kids Vote BAFTA[6]

Release[edit]

A DVD of the first series of Young Dracula was released on 15 October 2012.

A DVD of the second and third series of Young Dracula was released in 2013.

A DVD of the Series Four released 9 October 2014

A DVD of the Series Five released 5th Nov 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waterloo Road heads to Scotland". How-Do. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "CBBC Programmes - Young Dracula, Series 3, Hide and Seek". BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Behind the scenes at Young Dracula". BBC. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/clarelucythomas/status/281743927630000129
  5. ^ Published Sunday, 30 January 2011, 17:05 GMT (2011-01-30). "Q&A: Craig Roberts talks 'Being Human' ep 2! - Being Human Interview - TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ "2008 Children's Awards - Children's - Awards - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 

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