Creeped Out

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Creeped Out!
Creeped Out title card.png
Genre
Created by
  • Bede Blake[1]
  • Robert Butler
Written byBede Blake
Robert Butler
Patrick Whistler
Emma Campbell
Directed by
Narrated byAurora (Series 1)
Hedvig Becke (Series 2)[2]
Composer(s)Joe Kraemer
Country of origin
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Helen Bullough[3]
  • Josh Scherba
  • Ace Fipke
  • Anne Loi
  • Bede Blake
  • Robert Butler
Producer(s)Juliet Charlesworth
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release31 October 2017 –
present

Creeped Out is a British-Canadian anthology television series which began on CBBC on 31 October 2017 (Halloween) in the United Kingdom and in Canada on the Family Channel.[1] The show was created by Bede Blake and Robert Butler and is a co-production between CBBC Productions and DHX Media.

Each episode has an individual story, and are linked together by 'The Curious', a mysterious story collector who appears at the beginning and end of each episode. According to the creators Bede Blake and Robert Butler, inspiration was drawn from Steven Spielberg and Amazing Stories in particular.[4]

Format[edit]

Creeped Out is an anthology, with each episode featuring a new setting, story and new characters, although some details connect the stories together. Each episode begins and ends with an appearance from The Curious (played by William Romain), a mysterious story collector whose face is always concealed by a mask. The setting of Karter Bay appears in both Slapstick and The Call, and Zucco's Pizzeria is mentioned in Trolled, Marti and Kindlesticks.

Talking about The Curious, co-creator Bede Blake said: "It's designed to be an evolving urban legend. You don't know what's under that mask... Story-wise, he's not a threat to the children. He has his name because he is naturally curious. He's not somebody out to do harm. He's an observer."[4]

Production[edit]

Creeped Out was first announced by the BBC on 28 March 2017, saying "the stories combine sci-fi, horror, adventure, suspense, fantasy and mystery to thrill young viewers."[5]

Talking about the show for a Den of Geek interview, co-creator Robert Butler said that both CBBC and DHX gave the creators a long leash and "freedom to pitch whatever the hell we liked," but also provided buffers and steering when required.[4]

According to Syfy Wire, Blake and Butler's plan was to make Amazing Stories mixed in with The Twilight Zone for a young, modern audience.[6]

After the airing of The Call, Creeped Out took a month-long hiatus. The first episode airing after the hiatus was Bravery Badge.

On 9 August 2018, it was announced that Creeped Out had been commissioned for a second series by CBBC and Family Channel. The second series was released on 24 April 2019.[7][8]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11331 October 2017 (2017-10-31)20 February 2018 (2018-02-20)

Series 1 (2017-18)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Director Writer(s) Original air date
11"Slapstick"Steve HughesRobert Butler31 October 2017 (2017-10-31)
Jessie is constantly embarrassed by her parents' behaviour. She comes across a puppet show on the beach and tells the puppet everything, with unexpected consequences: the next morning, Jessie's parents are transformed into living puppets. But she quickly realises how much she misses her real mum and dad and must try to change them back.
Starring: Sydney Wade, Daniel Ryan, Jennifer James, Robert Styles, Caitlan Barret-Ward, Stephanie Dooley, Noah Valentine and Simon Naylor. Filmed in New Brighton, The Wirral
22"Cat Food"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler7 November 2017 (2017-11-07)
Stu cheats his mum into getting a day off sick from school - but he finds out the hard way what the creepy old lady in the house across the road is up to.
Starring: Rhys Gannon, Maeve Larkin, Katie Rose Proctor and Margaret Jackman
33"Trolled"Steve HughesBede Blake14 November 2017 (2017-11-14)
When Sam starts posting cruel messages anonymously on the school social media site, he soon understands the true meaning of being a troll.
Starring: Jonathan Blake, Maximus Evans, Anya Lawrence, Rachel McGuinness, Phil Corbitt, Andrew Readman and Marcus Taylor
44"Marti"Bruce McDonaldBede Blake & Robert Butler21 November 2017 (2017-11-21)
All Kim wants is to be accepted by the popular gang at school. The arrival of her perfect new phone gives her a helping hand, but soon everything starts to unravel. Is it a glitch in the technology or something stranger?
Starring: Tiffany Elefano, Diya Kittur, Berkley Silverman, Sam Ashe Arnold, Steven Cooke and Helene Robbie
55"A Boy Called Red"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler28 November 2017 (2017-11-28)
Vincent takes a trip back to his father's family home, but as he checks out the house he finds there is something unexplained lurking in the cellar.
Starring: Malen Clarkson, Jason Done, Rosina Carbone, Boris Burnell-Anderson and Macey Howarth
66"The Call"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler5 December 2017 (2017-12-05)
Pearl feels uncomfortable in her own skin, and when a mysterious call draws her to the sea, she embarks on a journey of discovery that she may come to regret.
Starring: Rebecca Hanssen, William Haresceugh, Chris Jack, Zita Sattar and Acushla-Tara Kupe. Partly filmed in New Brighton, The Wirral
77"Bravery Badge"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler9 January 2018 (2018-01-09)
On a girl scout trip to woodland, Dent really wishes she could call a cab home.
Starring: Tillie Amartey, Isabella Pinto, Bella Band, Lola Ogunyemi and Elizabeth Bower
88"Spaceman"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler16 January 2018 (2018-01-16)
Spud and Thomas go for a ramble through the woods looking for a den, and find much more than they bargained for.
Starring: William Romain, Amelia Curtis, Gianluca Gallucci and Jacob Henshaw
99"Kindlesticks"Bruce McDonaldBede Blake & Robert Butler23 January 2018 (2018-01-23)
Esme, the 'world's worst babysitter', takes a job with a nice new family – but finds herself outfoxed.
Starring: Romy Weltman, Justin Kelly, Jesse Adam Lowell, Beatriz Yuste, Robin Archer, Andrea Grant, Aliya Anthony, Aria Anthony and Gracie Mchendry
1010"Shed No Fear"Bruce McDonaldDenis McGrath30 January 2018 (2018-01-30)
Greg has a hunch all is not well with his friend Dave. When he follows him to his aunt's shed, the adventure is only just beginning.
Starring: Jordan Poole, Thamela Mpumlwana, Jake Sim, Darlene Cooke, Andrew Moodie and Jaiden Cannatelli
1111"The Traveller"Steve HughesBede Blake & Robert Butler6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)
Jodie and Brandon find themselves stuck in between times – and they are not alone.
Starring: Leah Choudhry, Daniel Ogbeide-John and Adonis Anthony
1212"Side Show Part 1"Bruce McDonaldBede Blake & Robert Butler13 February 2018 (2018-02-13)
Ace is an amazing aromaologist in an old fashion circus, but how exactly did he get there and where does he really belong?
1313"Side Show Part 2"Bruce McDonaldBede Blake and Robert Butler20 February 2018 (2018-02-20)
As Ace starts to make sense of his few memories of his past, a plan comes together to get him home, but plans don't always go to plan.

Series 2 (2019)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Director Writer(s) Original air date
141"One More Minute"Bruce McDonaldPatrick Whistler24 April 2019 (2019-04-24)
Jack loves to play video games. But when he starts playing with a mysterious new kid online, he starts to notice gaps in his memory. He wakes up not knowing how long it’s been. Where did the time go and how much worse can this get?
152"Itchy"Gareth TunleyRobert Butler1 May 2019 (2019-05-01)
Gabe is not known for his bravery. He’s never been the hero. But when head lice begin to infest his small town and everyone is in a panic, he may be the only person who can stop it.
163"Help"Bruce McDonaldRobert Butler8 May 2019 (2019-05-08)
Artificial intelligence can be helpful around the house. But does it have access to too much information? What if it knows everything about your family? What if you’ve unknowingly given it – complete control.
174"The Many Place"Lucy CampbellBede Blake15 May 2019 (2019-05-15)
Three siblings, on a rainy vacation in Australia, are stuck killing time in the hotel. But the more they explore, the more questions they have. Where does one hallway end and another begin? And what lies behind that next door?
185"The Unfortunate Five"TBAEmma Campbell22 May 2019 (2019-05-22)
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Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The TVTimes gave the series four stars, comparing the series to Tales of the Unexpected and called it "a new anthology series of eerie and mysterious stories ending with a moral".[9]

Chris Bennion for The Times said, "the stories are pleasingly macabre and inventive".[10]

Den of Geek called the series 'unmissable'[4] and 'brilliantly chilling'.[11]

Accolades[edit]

Creeped Out has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Royal Television Society North Award for Best Drama, and the Kidscreen Award for Best New Series. For writing it has been nominated for a Writers Guild Of Great Britain Award and a British Screenwriters Award. In the acting department it has been nominated for a Young Artist Award for Berkley Silverman, Young Entertainer Award for Jordan Poole, and Young Artists Awards for both Jordan Poole and Justin Kelly, who also won a Joey Award for his role in episode Kindlesticks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taylor, Cheryl. "Spooky Tales from CBBC and DHX Media in a major new co-production". BBC. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  2. ^ Becke, Hedvig. "Hedvig Becke on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ "CBBC orders spooky drama". Broadcastnow.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c d "Creeped Out: unmissable new horror anthology on CBBC". Denofgeek.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC - Spooky Tales from CBBC and DHX Media in a major new co-production - Creeped Out - Media Centre". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  6. ^ Caron, Nathalie (26 October 2017). "First trailer for Creeped Out is basically Are You Afraid of the Dark? for the modern-day". Syfy.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  7. ^ Butler, Robert (18 March 2019). "Robert Butler on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ Mossberg, Walter S. Hastings, Reed. Rose, Charlie. Jay, Mike. Vega, Yvette (2005), The Charlie Rose Show, [Charlie Rose, Inc.], OCLC 63171102CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Instagram post by James Stack • Nov 1, 2017 at 10:55pm UTC". Instagram.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Photographic image of review" (JPG). Pbs.twimg.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Creeped Out: ace first trailer for new CBBC horror anthology". Denofgeek.com. Retrieved 15 December 2017.