Young Dracula

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For the American short film, see Young Dracula (film).
Young Dracula
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Young Dracula Series 1–2 Title Card
Genre Teen drama
Supernatural drama
Horror
Sitcom (series 1-2)
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
Distributor Fireworks Entertainment (2006-2011)
Content Media Corporation PLC (2011–2014)
Release
Original network CBBC Channel
Picture format SDTV (576i) (series 1–2)
HDTV (1080i) (series 3–5)
Audio format Stereo
Original release Original Series:
21 September 2006 (2006-09-21) –
8 February 2008
Revived Series:
31 October 2011 – 31 March 2014 (2014-03-31)

Young Dracula is a British teenage horror drama television series which aired on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula and Young Monsters, a children's book by Michael Lawrence[citation needed]. 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 and final series in 2013, with filming beginning in April.[4] The hour long finale, "The Darkest Hour", aired 31 March 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
Zoltan Andy Bradshaw
Robin Branagh Craig Roberts
Chloe Branagh Lucy Borja-Edwards
Eric Van Helsing Terence Maynard
Jonathan Van Helsing Terry Haywood
Mina Van Helsing Jo-Anne Knowles
Wolfie Westernra Lorenzo Rodriguez
Alex McCauley Letty Butler
Bertrand du Fortunesa Cesare Taurasi
Erin Noble Sydney Rae White
Malik Vaccaria Richard Southgate
Sally Giles Laura Howard
George Giles *Bella Band
Asan Ramanga Quinton Nyirenda
Talitha Eleanor Gecks

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[5]

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. ^ "2008 Children's Awards - Children's - Awards - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 

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