ITV continues to catch the fantasy genre bug with its new supernatural show Demons. Originally shot with the working title of The Last Van Helsing ITV are promising a high-octane contemporary twist on the Dracula legacy, set above and beneath the streets of London. Scheduled for the Winter season 2009, this is six x 60 minutes episodes starring the very wonderful Philip Glenister, Christian Cooke, Zoe Tapper, Holliday Grainger and Mackenzie Crook.
Glenister 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 (Cooke), whose father died in mysterious circumstances 15 years before, little does Luke know what will be thrust upon him. There are supernatural forces 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 (Grainger). But he remains cool – it’s in his blood after all…Helping Galvin to train Luke in his quest is the beautiful but ice-cold Mina Harker (Tapper) a blind concert pianist with a history, who is also the foremost authority on the undesirable entities preying on humanity.
But before they have time to properly prepare Luke, he is faced with a daunting opponent in the form of the villainous Gladiolus Thrip (Crook) a sinister vampire with a burning hatred for the Van Helsing line and all they stand for.
Trailer 1 (under its old Van Helsing title) is here:
Trailer 2, from the ITV New Horizons site:
Demons is made by Shine Productions, the producers behind BBC's Merlin series. It's featured in the ITV1 promotional brochure for the forthcoming season that you can find here
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