Screenterrier reported on the shooting of the pilot for BBC 3 supernatural drama The Fades back in June last year. The series is written by 2011 RTS Award-winning writer, Jack Thorne, whose previous credits include This Is England '86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, and Cast Offs.
Iain De Caestecker (best known for playing Adam Barlow in Coronation Street, and most recently seen in Lip Service) taking on the lead role of Paul (played by Olly Alexander in the pilot), a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist or best friend, Mac, can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. Iain is represented by Hamilton Hodell.
Daniel Kaluuya joins the cast playing Paul's best friend Mac.
Skins fan favourite Lily Loveless is Anna, Paul's twin sister, fierce and uncompromising, she finds being related to someone like Paul rather annoying.
And another Skins star, Joe Dempsie (soon to be seen in HBO's Game of Thrones) plays John.
The Fades are everywhere but they can't be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm.
But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world.
Writer Jack Thorne says: "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 right now."
Kate Harwood, BBC Controller Drama Series & Serials, adds: "The minute I read Jack Thorne's script I realised we were in exciting new territory. This is a vision of great imagination and I am thrilled that we have such a talented cast and that we have director Farren Blackburn and a brilliant team who can bring this vision to life... or half life!"
The Fades (previously titled Touch) is a co-production with BBC America and will transmit later this year.