BBC America launched their Supernatural Saturdays a few years back when they started airing first run episodes of their new series of the Doctor Who program. It began with re-runs of American TV shows like Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but soon they began airing original BBC programs in their place. The first of these was the supernatural soap opera Being Human – which was popular enough on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to have run three seasons and be picked up for a fourth. Primeval, the sci-fi show with prehistoric creatures aired their first two seasons next and would later air two more seasons on BBC America. More recently, the sci-f show Outcasts and the paranormal drama Bedlam have aired on Supernatural Saturdays.
The latest original BBC program to air on BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday is The Fades. The Fades, which aired its first season of six episodes this past September/October on BBC Three, will make its BBC America debut in January next year.
The Fades is a coming-of-age fantasy drama showcasing the supernatural skills of a reluctant teenager named Paul (Iain De Caestecker). His best friend Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) and his therapist, are completely stunned by the apocalyptic dreams that he’s been having. His twin sister Anna (Lily Loveless) is also unsympathetic of his socially awkward behavior. As if things aren’t difficult enough, Paul is seeing the spirits of the dead (known as Fades) all around him. An embittered Fade finds a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living, aiming its vengeance at Paul, Mac and their loved ones. Soon the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two best friends, who already have enough trouble getting through the day in one piece, let alone saving the world.
Writer and creator Jack Thorne says of the show: “What makes The Fades different is that it is a fantasy show rather than a science fiction show. It’s about fairly ordinary people, none of these people act or behave like they’re superheroes. The Fades is about the world itself being an extraordinary thing and how you battle it. This old school fantasy element combined with some pretty original characters – I hope is what will make people want to watch.”
If you’re interested in the genesis of The Fades, you can read Thorne’s blog at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/2011/09/the_fades.shtml
The Fades premieres Saturday, January 14 at 9/8c as part of of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday. Watch the trailer for The Fades and decide for yourself if this Saturday Supernatural show is for you!