A new six-part series for ITV 1 starring Philip Glenister, Christian Cooke, Holly Grainger, Zoe Tapper, Richard Wilson, Mackenzie Crook & Kevin McNally. Created by Johnny Capps & Julian Murphy.
A fantastical new drama series: a contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set above and beneath the streets of modern-day London.
Join creators Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy, director Tom Harper and Christian Cooke who plays lead character Luke.
Cast & Creators Panel Saturday 25th Time TBC.
Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) plays Rupert Galvin, a larger-than-life American with a tragic past and a zero tolerance policy to the rabble of mythical “half-life” entities that exist all around us. When he bursts into the life of his teenage godson, Luke (Christian Cooke – Echo Beach, Robin Hood), whose father died in mysterious circumstances 15-years before, little does Luke know what will be thrust upon him. There are supernatural forces of evil at work and it is Luke’s destiny, as the last descendent of the Van Helsing line, to smite the half-lives that stalk our streets.
While trying to juggle an ordinary life of school exams, parties and learning to drive – not to mention keeping it all from his mum - Luke is catapulted into a world of vampires, demons and zombies, along with his best friend Ruby (Holliday Grainger – The Bad Mother’s Handbook, Waterloo Road). But he remains cool – it’s in his blood after all…
Helping Galvin to train Luke in his quest is the beautiful but icy cold Mina Harker (Zoe Tapper - Affinity, A Harlot's Progress) a blind concert pianist with a history, who is also the foremost authority on the undesirable entities preying on humanity. The sinister and mouldering Father Simeon (Richard Wilson – One Foot In The Grave, Merlin) is Luke’s other source of information on the lore and myth behind the creatures he faces.
But before they have time to properly prepare Luke, he is faced with a daunting opponent in the form of the villainous Gladiolus Thrip (Mackenzie Crook -The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean) a sinister vampire with a burning hatred for the Van Helsing line and all they stand for. Throughout the series Luke faces an array of terrifying adversaries – including the half-man half-rat Mr Tibbs (Kevin McNally – Pirates of the Carribean), who bears a deep and personal grudge against a member of the team…
Demons is a Shine production for ITV and is due to transmit in early 2009.
The six-part series is a Shine production for ITV1. Founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Shine has produced shows such as Hex, Sugar Rush and Sinchronicity. The new show is produced by International Emmy Award winning Producers Julian Murphy (As If, Hex, Sugar Rush) and Johnny Capps (As If, Hex, Sugar Rush) and directed by Tom Harper (Cherries, Spoil) and Matthew Evans (Robin Hood, Rebus). Dean Hargrove is the executive producer for Sony Pictures. The series is written by Peter Tabern (Johnny and the Bomb, Hex), Howard Overman (Hotel Babylon, New Tricks) and Lucy Watkins (Sinchronicity, Hex).