BBC3 Preps Fades For Launch

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After the success of Being Human at home and abroad, it’s no real surprise to see that BBC3 is back with another youth-oriented supernatural series. This time the story is called The Fades and it comes from the pen of award-winning writer Jack Thorne (Skins, Cast Offs, This Is England 86).

According to Thorne, “The Fades is a fantasy horror series about 17-year-old Paul who becomes embroiled in a battle between the living and the dead. The Fades are spirits that are trapped here in our world. There is no reason why Fades are chosen. Death is random and the Fades are those left behind. They are truly angry about the pain and suffering and the series is about the Fades trying to break through back into the world of the living.”

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!"

Currently in production for transmission later this year, The Fades is a co-production with BBC America. The 6x60 minute series from BBC Drama Production was commissioned by Danny Cohen in his previous role as Controller, BBC Three and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.