Weekend Free To Air Scifi TV

Friday’s TV is basically Agents of Shield (C4) or Atlantis (bbc3)…. I’m suspecting that as far as science fiction is concerned, TV land has thrown in the towel on fridays. Although if you are staying up super late, you’ll find The Vampire Diaries on ITV2 at 1.25am.

Saturday goes a long way to make up for this. Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) brings us Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman on CITV, but at 9.25am. We then get Star Wars (retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. (1977)) on ITV1 at 3.15pm, with ITV2 showing The Borrowers (1997) at 5.40pm followed at 7.30pm by Dragonheart (1996) – in which the dragon is voiced by Sean Connery. The evenings scifi offering is Predators(2010) at 9pm on Channel 4 – inevitable, but OK sequel with Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo and Laurence Fishburne; marooned on the alien planet as prey in a big game hunt.

The Golden Compass (2007 – known to us as Philip Pullman’s book Northern Lights) is worth a look on Sunday – 4pm on Channel 4; later sees an offering from E4: 8pm, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) a remake of the earlier 1951 classic; but the performances from Keanu Reeves and Kathy Bates do make it worth seeing.

But for sheer exuberance and fun, and a host of those famous and not so famous then or since (inc. former chief scout Peter Duncan, and the voice and the body that is Brian Blessed!) I’m going to suggest sofa, duvet and popcorn are utilised at 3.45pm where ITV4 are showing Flash Gordon (1980).

Break out the Queen!! Heres to the weekend

The Vampire Diaries: Interview With Kevin Williamson

Yes, Kevin Williamson who brought us Dawson’s Creek and The Scream Trilogy.

How faithful is the Vampire Diaries series to the books by L.J Smith?
?We?re going to try our best to honour the book and keep the spirit and the essence of the book, but we are making changes. We are a television series, we?re bringing in a few new characters, we?re changing up the mythology a little bit but what I loved about the book was the folklore it created. We?re going to do a modern day, sort of sexy soap opera. The town of Mystic Falls has a lot of things that go bump in the night, and it?s not just vampires. It?s got a little bit of ?Buffy? where there?s that mythology that goes beyond vampires, there?s all sorts of creatures of the night that will emerge.?

Fans of the books are obsessed with accuracy, are you going to try and keep them happy?
?We?re trying. The thing with fans of these books is that they?re big fans. They?re tearing us apart for casting a brunette instead of blonde. We would have liked to have found a blonde who would have had the essence of who we thought Elena was, but Nina walked into our lives and we couldn?t look any other way. Also, when we were doing the pilot, we were looking for the name of the Mystic Falls football team but we couldn?t find it in the books. There are six books, and we couldn?t find the name. We went with Timberwolves, so that?s a little nod to a future storyline if you?ve read the books.?

Did you do a lot of research on the mythology of vampires?
?My whole career has been this research, you know? Monster research. My thing is I love vampires. Julie (Plec, Exec Producer) and I have done so many movies together that, if it?s not a werewolf, it?s a vampire, or it?s a killer, or something, that we?ve researched it.?

How soon into the series will Elena find out Stefan is a vampire?
?We?re not going to drag it out. What?s great is that we?ve got six books of stories to tell and what I love about it is when she finds out, that?s when it really kicks in. That?s when all sorts of stuff starts to happen. So I?m actually excited to get ahead, the whole part of the discovery is the fun part.?

Are you going to try and keep the characters true to how they appear in the book?
?We?re trying to honour the book which was written in 1993 – it is very earnest. What I respond to is that every character in this book is dealing with loss, they?re dealing with death, they?re dealing with life. I mean there are some big issues for some really young characters, and that?s what I tried to do on Dawson?s Creek. Everything I write about is pretty much death and loss and hopelessness. Which is a really good thing because the only way to write a story about hope is to write about hopelessness. I?m hoping that I will be able to enrich the characters.?

Vampire Diaries Interview Paul Wesley

Tell us about your character Stefan.

Paul Wesley
Paul Wesley

?Stefan is a tormented vampire around 150 years old. He doesn?t look his age though! He was turned into a vampire when he was a young man so he eternally looks the same age as he was back then.

?He is tormented and anguished as he really hates being a vampire and he doesn?t want to be in this state. I don?t know for sure but the assumption I make is that Stefan was turned into a vampire against his will. He hates it.

?He falls in love with Elena and she bears a striking, uncanny resemblance to a girl he was in love with over a century ago. Damon shows up and wreaks havoc and tries to ruin their relationship and steal Elena from him.?

Why is Stefan so fixated with Elena?
?It?s a mystery. In the first episode, Stefan has a photo of Katherine, the girl he was in love with over a century ago and she and Elena look exactly the same.?

Stefan finds himself in a love triangle with Elena and Damon. Have you ever experienced a similar situation?
?No I?ve never been in that situation. I hope this doesn?t sound cocky but if you like a girl and she can?t make a decision then she?s not the one for you! Elena?s love for Stefan is undying and it becomes a triangle in the way Damon manipulates himself into the situation.

?The more Damon can make Stefan look like he?s not so noble and a little deceitful, the more doubt he puts into Elena?s mind and the more he makes himself look like the good guy. At the beginning it?s not a triangle, Elena and I just have this passion and love that is undying.?

Can you relate to Stefan in any way?
?Totally, that?s why I got the part. I felt when I read the script that I connected with Stefan in so many ways. He?s a bit of an introvert in a sense and I have that personality and Ian is an extrovert so he plays Damon perfectly. There is so much inner anxiety Stefan has and I can certainly relate to that on my own superficial human level.?

Why do you think people are so fascinated by vampires?
?Stefan is so desperately in love with Elena he would die for her. He would do anything for her; nurture, care and protect her, even jump in front of a bus for her. But at the end of the day, when he sees her he wants to bite her neck and suck on her blood which would kill her.

?So it?s a constant temptation and that paradox and dilemma is fascinating. I think people are really intrigued by it. It?s also very symbolic and metaphoric and sexual in so many different ways.?

Have there been any strange happenings on set in Atlanta?
?Recently we were filming on a real plantation ? it was creepy as there was a lot of dark history. After slavery was abolished, the owner of that plantation was the first guy to be hung because he lynched all his slaves instead of setting them free. So he was hanged and now the place is historically, famously listed as one of the most haunted places in the US.

?We filmed there at night time and it was just really weird and creepy. All of the graves were there, about 150 of them. It was very bizarre. I?m very practical and don?t believe in the paranormal but I do believe your imagination is a powerful thing and everyone on set got very jumpy.?

You and Ian play brothers who are at war with each one another. How do you get along away from the cameras?
?We didn?t know each other at all before we started filming but he?s now become one of my closest friends. He?s an amazing guy, a fantastic actor and a good person and I really feel that I have a great brotherly thing going with him in real life. All day long we tease each other, mess around, pick on each other and get into heated discussions. It?s great.?

Your character is tortured by his past. Does falling in love with Elena change his serious personality?
?Oh yes, totally. We do an episode where Damon and Stefan switch places and he starts manipulating Damon and starts mocking him, imitating him. It?s really fun to explore his character as the series progresses.

?In the beginning he takes himself so seriously. He?s so intense but that?s what is called for. I?ve done a lot of different characters as an actor and try to make my characters dynamic. People aren?t the same, people grow. Being around all these high school kids and interacting with all these human beings is humanising Stefan. So as the show progresses he stops being so epic and intense and everything he says isn?t so calculated. By episode 8 or 9 he?s just talking normally like a spontaneous human being.

?He?s just not used to interacting; he doesn?t know what to say. He?s like ?I?m 150 years old, I?ve been in the civil war and I?m having a conversation with this girl who?s just watched Twilight!? What do you say in that instance? It?s like being an alien. Not to mention I want to kill Elena and suck on her blood and I?m obsessed with her. There is just so much to grapple with as an actor.?

How do you psyche yourself up to get into vampire mode?
?I just imagine all the blood rushing to my face, all the temptation and anger. I actually have anger. I?m not saying I?m like a violent person but I have an anger that is inherent that I?ve always had. So when I?m doing scenes with Ian and he?s driving me crazy on screen, it?s kind of easy for me to tap into it and I just let the anger out in that way.?

If you could choose to have one vampire attribute (ageless/being able to move fast/mind manipulation/disappear, what would it be?)
?I certainly wouldn?t want the temptation of feeding on blood and having to rely on a ring to come out in daylight. Reading someone?s mind is incredibly manipulative so I?d go for mind manipulation. I could use that sometimes.

?With the ageless thing you?d be bored as hell, everyone you know would die. I think everyone wants eternal life and everyone is scared of death but come on, if you think about it, it would be pretty miserable. The ambiguity and mystery of life is gone, you know what you?re going to be doing until the sun explodes!

?Death is a part of life and when I first got the part I thought to myself ?What is Stefan so tormented about?? But then when I put myself in his mind frame I thought, ?You know what? It would be pretty miserable to never get old.??

Why should ITV2 viewers tune in to watch the show?
?It?s a quality show where you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you and you become invested in the story. It doesn?t take itself too seriously. It progresses and grows and gets better and better. It?s thrilling, scary, frightening and the plot lines are fantastic.?

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL WESLEY

Tell us about your character Stefan.

?Stefan is a tormented vampire around 150 years old. He doesn?t look his age though! He was turned into a vampire when he was a young man so he eternally looks the same age as he was back then.

?He is tormented and anguished as he really hates being a vampire and he doesn?t want to be in this state. I don?t know for sure but the assumption I make is that Stefan was turned into a vampire against his will. He hates it.

?He falls in love with Elena and she bears a striking, uncanny resemblance to a girl he was in love with over a century ago. Damon shows up and wreaks havoc and tries to ruin their relationship and steal Elena from him.?

Why is Stefan so fixated with Elena?

?It?s a mystery. In the first episode, Stefan has a photo of Katherine, the girl he was in love with over a century ago and she and Elena look exactly the same.?

Stefan finds himself in a love triangle with Elena and Damon. Have you ever experienced a similar situation?

?No I?ve never been in that situation. I hope this doesn?t sound cocky but if you like a girl and she can?t make a decision then she?s not the one for you! Elena?s love for Stefan is undying and it becomes a triangle in the way Damon manipulates himself into the situation.

?The more Damon can make Stefan look like he?s not so noble and a little deceitful, the more doubt he puts into Elena?s mind and the more he makes himself look like the good guy. At the beginning it?s not a triangle, Elena and I just have this passion and love that is undying.?

Can you relate to Stefan in any way?

?Totally, that?s why I got the part. I felt when I read the script that I connected with Stefan in so many ways. He?s a bit of an introvert in a sense and I have that personality and Ian is an extrovert so he plays Damon perfectly. There is so much inner anxiety Stefan has and I can certainly relate to that on my own superficial human level.?

Why do you think people are so fascinated by vampires?

?Stefan is so desperately in love with Elena he would die for her. He would do anything for her; nurture, care and protect her, even jump in front of a bus for her. But at the end of the day, when he sees her he wants to bite her neck and suck on her blood which would kill her.

?So it?s a constant temptation and that paradox and dilemma is fascinating. I think people are really intrigued by it. It?s also very symbolic and metaphoric and sexual in so many different ways.?

Have there been any strange happenings on set in Atlanta?

?Recently we were filming on a real plantation ? it was creepy as there was a lot of dark history. After slavery was abolished, the owner of that plantation was the first guy to be hung because he lynched all his slaves instead of setting them free. So he was hanged and now the place is historically, famously listed as one of the most haunted places in the US.

?We filmed there at night time and it was just really weird and creepy. All of the graves were there, about 150 of them. It was very bizarre. I?m very practical and don?t believe in the paranormal but I do believe your imagination is a powerful thing and everyone on set got very jumpy.?

You and Ian play brothers who are at war with each one another. How do you get along away from the cameras?

?We didn?t know each other at all before we started filming but he?s now become one of my closest friends. He?s an amazing guy, a fantastic actor and a good person and I really feel that I have a great brotherly thing going with him in real life. All day long we tease each other, mess around, pick on each other and get into heated discussions. It?s great.?

Your character is tortured by his past. Does falling in love with Elena change his serious personality?

?Oh yes, totally. We do an episode where Damon and Stefan switch places and he starts manipulating Damon and starts mocking him, imitating him. It?s really fun to explore his character as the series progresses.

?In the beginning he takes himself so seriously. He?s so intense but that?s what is called for. I?ve done a lot of different characters as an actor and try to make my characters dynamic. People aren?t the same, people grow. Being around all these high school kids and interacting with all these human beings is humanising Stefan. So as the show progresses he stops being so epic and intense and everything he says isn?t so calculated. By episode 8 or 9 he?s just talking normally like a spontaneous human being.

?He?s just not used to interacting; he doesn?t know what to say. He?s like ?I?m 150 years old, I?ve been in the civil war and I?m having a conversation with this girl who?s just watched Twilight!? What do you say in that instance? It?s like being an alien. Not to mention I want to kill Elena and suck on her blood and I?m obsessed with her. There is just so much to grapple with as an actor.?

How do you psyche yourself up to get into vampire mode?

?I just imagine all the blood rushing to my face, all the temptation and anger. I actually have anger. I?m not saying I?m like a violent person but I have an anger that is inherent that I?ve always had. So when I?m doing scenes with Ian and he?s driving me crazy on screen, it?s kind of easy for me to tap into it and I just let the anger out in that way.?

If you could choose to have one vampire attribute (ageless/being able to move fast/mind manipulation/disappear, what would it be?)

?I certainly wouldn?t want the temptation of feeding on blood and having to rely on a ring to come out in daylight. Reading someone?s mind is incredibly manipulative so I?d go for mind manipulation. I could use that sometimes.

?With the ageless thing you?d be bored as hell, everyone you know would die. I think everyone wants eternal life and everyone is scared of death but come on, if you think about it, it would be pretty miserable. The ambiguity and mystery of life is gone, you know what you?re going to be doing until the sun explodes!

?Death is a part of life and when I first got the part I thought to myself ?What is Stefan so tormented about?? But then when I put myself in his mind frame I thought, ?You know what? It would be pretty miserable to never get old.??

Why should ITV2 viewers tune in to watch the show?

?It?s a quality show where you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you and you become invested in the story. It doesn?t take itself too seriously. It progresses and grows and gets better and better. It?s thrilling, scary, frightening and the plot lines are fantastic.?

Interview With Nina Dobrev: The Vampire Diaries

INTERVIEW WITH NINA DOBREV

Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev

Tell us about your character Elena.
?Elena is a high school girl trying to get back to leading a normal sort of life. She?s just lost her parents in a car accident so she?s trying to cope with that whilst taking care of her brother Jeremy who has started taking drugs.

?Her aunt Jenna is now their guardian but she?s not much older than Elena, so she?s got all these responsibilities and pressures that no other teen in her class or age range has to deal with.

?Aside from that she also happens to be dating a vampire which complicates things a little further! I always seem to say Elena can never catch a break. Not one day goes by without some sort of dramatic incident happening in her life, she?s like some sort of glue between everyone. Not all the characters know each other, but she?s the one that seems to connect them all.

?She?s a great character to play. Not only does she have this complexity and different range of emotions, which is a challenge every day but also I have a lot of scenes with Ian and Paul and they?re a lot of fun. It?s fun to go on set because they?re both so crazy, it?s like I?m with my family, we all get along so well.?

All the characters in the show are tense and jumpy. What is the vibe like behind the scenes when the cameras stop rolling?
?It depends on what we?re filming. A lot of the time when the boys are in their vamp mode with their contacts in it?s kind of scary. I don?t go near them because they are really intimidating and they look very menacing.

?When it?s not an extremely emotional scene there are a lot of times when we?re having fun. We?ll do the work but we also know that if you?re not here enjoying yourself and each other?s company then it will create a tense environment.

?After 17 hours of filming you become delusional and delirious. You have to cool down and take it with a pinch of salt.

?We have the best jobs in the world. I couldn?t imagine doing anything else and be as happy as I am. I basically go to work and play. I get to be other people and put on costumes and have people do my hair and make up, go to the premiere of Sherlock Holmes, meet Elton John and fly to England and it?s just awesome.?

Your on-screen best friend Bonnie is psychic. Have you ever experienced anything out of the ordinary?
?Not something that?s just been me on my own but I have experienced paranormal activities. Recently we were shooting at a haunted house. It was this beautiful home but had a really dark history. The original owner lived there during the time of the civil war in Georgia. He had over a hundred slaves and he went crazy and had all the slaves killed and buried on the grounds. So there is all this death in one place and lots of weird things kept happening while we were there.

?Everyone knows when you?re filming, no-one speaks, no-one walks, no-one moves because of sound reasons. All of a sudden, the piano started playing and the director yelled ?Someone get that person off the piano? but when we went upstairs, there was no-one in the room.

?The lights kept turning on and off and all this weird stuff kept happening so I think the spirits were messing with us. I couldn?t feel anything but I definitely felt uncomfortable and we were there for three days.

?I only felt afraid when production showed me pictures of myself for continuity. In some of the images I had bluey-grey lips but it wasn?t like an ink smudge, I literally had bluey-grey lips. Then in the next couple of pictures I didn?t have that colour, it was like the spirit kissed me or something. I had to go into that room where the picture was taken and I was like ?Hey buddy, how?s it going? You?re creeping me out?. But I?ve never experienced anything and didn?t believe up until then.?

In the show your character is torn between two very opposite brothers. If you could advise Elena, who would you tell her to choose?
?I don?t know because if I were in her position I would be torn too. I think separately they are very different; Stefan is the romantic, determined, very committed man who is so deeply in love with her and would do anything to protect her. Damon is very playful and fun and open and that?s what Stefan lacks, he doesn?t have this openness, he keeps secrets and doesn?t tell her everything so basically together, they make the perfect man. At the beginning of the series, it?s just Stefan all the time, but it might not always be that way.?

It must be hard working with two such attractive boys?
?It?s terrible, terrible, terrible. Obviously I?m just kidding. They?re amazing, physically obviously. On a superficial level everyone is beautiful. But underneath as people they are wonderful individuals and talented, fun and cool. We?ve all really bonded and become friends and lean on each other because we live in Atlanta and don?t know anyone else, so we?ve sort of become a family. We?re really lucky.?

How do you think Elena will react when she eventually discovers Stefan is a vampire?
?The only thing I can say to anyone watching the show is: put yourself in Elena?s position. Imagine if you were to find out that the person you love and have all these feelings for is revealed as some sort of otherworldly creature who kills on a daily basis and has all these tendencies? Just imagine how you would react! I don?t think anyone would be thrilled with the prospect but I think she?s a very strong woman. If anyone can handle it, it?ll be Elena.?

Do you ever get scared by Ian and Paul when they?ve been transformed into vampires?
?Yes – they look so creepy. They both have amazing eyes, but when Ian puts the contacts in, his eyes get even bluer and the red is so bloodshot. When he?s got the teeth in he just looks very demonic, they both do, so I keep my distance. There?s a five foot radius and I let them do their thing. I haven?t really had to act with them as vampires as they don?t get that way when they?re around Elena unless they?re protecting her.?

Are you a fan of The Vampire Diaries books?
?I had not read them before I auditioned for the show but when I did I was really intrigued. I think it?s a great foundation for our show. L.J Smith has really created something that has expanded into a great show.

?My character has changed the most from how she is portrayed in the books to the series. She?s a little bit more relatable and more like a girl who has real issues.

?In the books she?s more focused on her appearance and being the queen bee at school and getting what she wants. It?s not necessarily that way in the show, she has different priorities.?

What are the best things about working on The Vampire Diaries?
?The whole experience and being challenged on a day to day basis. Plus, working with such amazing people and getting to travel to places. Every day is different.?

Why should ITV2 viewers tune in to watch the show?
?Our show has so many different aspects and qualities that can appeal to every single person whether you?re 12, 17, 25, or 32. There?s action, drama, suspense, epic love, comedic moments where we make fun of ourselves and other pop culture references. It?s fun and scary. Kevin Williamson created the Scream movies and Dawson?s Creek so he has moulded those two great genres together.?

Ian Somerhalder Interview: The Vampire Diaries

INTERVIEW WITH IAN SOMERHALDER

Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder

Tell us about your character Damon.
?Damon is a vampire who is approximately 150 years old, stuck in a 23 year old?s body. Essentially, he comes back to Mystic Falls to find out why his brother Stefan is there.

Stefan and Damon have found an individual in the town who bears a striking resemblance to someone in their past who was very very important to them. So he comes back to find out why she?s there.

He also feels as if he?s been very wronged by his brother and has promised Stefan an eternity of misery – so he just wants to keep his word.?

What is the most challenging aspect of playing a vampire?
?The most challenging aspect of it is living the life of someone who is 150 years old. Imagine the amount of knowledge and cynicism you would have developed by that point in your life.

You would be walking around, living in a normal society, blending in as a normal person. However, every sense that you have; sight, sound, smell, hunger and emotions are heightened by 10,000 per cent. Imagine how difficult that would be. Communicating that and experiencing that on a real level is interesting. It?s a challenge, but its fun!?

Are there are a lot of special effects used to turn you into an evil bloodsucker? Do you spend much time in make up?
?At the beginning of the season we were in make up quite often but now we?ve decided it?s easier to use CGI. The effects level and the value of it are just amazing. They?re doing such an incredible job. They put dots on our face for the effects and it saves a lot of make up time. It?s very convenient!?

You are best known for your role as Boone in Lost who was one of the good guys. Do you find playing an immoral character like Damon more fun?
?So much more fun, so much more fun! I get better lines and that?s the beauty of it, it?s the role I?ve always wanted.?

If you had to pick one thing you and Damon have in common what would it be?
?We both have impeccable style.?

Do you think Damon has the potential to seek redemption like Stefan has or is he purely evil?
?Without a shadow of a doubt there is potential. There is plenty of room for the tables to turn and the pendulum to swing the other way. What we?ve seen of Damon so far is just the tip of the iceberg. These characters are very layered, when you start delving into someone who is more than 150 years old, you get into some very deep, very cool stuff.?

If you could choose to have one vampire attribute (ageless/mind manipulation/being able to move fast/disappear, what would it be?)
?Mind manipulation ? that would come in so handy!?

Damon?s a very intense character. Do you find it hard to shake him off at the end of a long day?s filming?
?I get into major Damon mode and I have to excuse myself and relinquish any responsibility for some of my actions on set. It?s good to have an excuse!?

What has been your highlight of the series so far?
?There are so many of them. There?s a highlight around every corner, there?s something new and interesting and fun and amazing. Just being on the show in general is a highlight.?

What?s it like filming in Atlanta?
?I think it works out really well for us to be in Atlanta because when you?re in LA or New York there?s so much access to everything. There are people and fans and so much going on that it can distract from the work.

Being down in Atlanta really lends itself to focusing us. Plus you are forced to forge really deep bonds with each other.?

Who or what were your influences when deciding on how to play the character of Damon?
?Three big ones. Josh Holloway, (Sawyer in Lost) Cary Grant and Dionysus. The marriage of a crazy crass redneck with the class of an eloquent man like Cary Grant is an interesting way to play a crazy well rounded 150 year old guy who likes a dance and the finer things in life ? like blood, wine and Beethoven. Then you add in Dionysus ? Damon is essentially Bacchus, he is that figure.?

Why should ITV2 viewers tune in to The Vampire Diaries?
?Because it?s a great ride. It?s a lot of fun, it?s beautiful, it?s scary and it?s sad. It has all of the elements we use to escape and really go to another place. The storytelling is beautiful, it?s shot beautifully and it?s directed beautifully. Every actor steps up to the plate and really pours their heart out on screen. It?s steamy ? there?s hot boys, hot girls, this show has got it all!?

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries

ITV2 presents ?The Vampire Diaries?, a brand new and exclusive drama for viewers to sink their teeth into. Think you know vampires? Unsuspecting Elena Gilbert (NINA DOBREV) is about to get to know two when a pair of very different brothers; one good, one evil ? go to war for her soul. Created by Kevin Williamson, the writer behind the iconic ?Scream? films and much loved TV hit ?Dawson?s Creek?, ?The Vampire Diaries? is the story of a compelling love triangle with a dark, dramatic twist. How far will the vampire brothers take their sibling rivalry to win over Elena, the object of their obsession? The sleepy town of Mystic Falls will never be the same again. ?The Vampire Diaries? is new and exclusive to ITV2 and premieres with a double episode on Tuesday 2nd February from 9pm.

Elena Gilbert?s life has been turned upside down since the tragic death of her parents in a car accident four months ago. Over the summer that follows, Elena tries her best to keep troublesome younger brother, Jeremy (STEVEN R. MCQUEEN) from spiralling out of control. He has turned to alcohol and drugs to hide his grief and trouble brews when he becomes infatuated with rebellious Vicki, (KAYLA EWELL) the sister of Elena?s former boyfriend Matt, (ZACH ROERIG) who still has feelings for his ex. Elena attempts to salvage what family life her and Jeremy have left, with the help of their Aunt Jenna (SARA CANNING), now the Gilbert?s legal guardian.

On her first day back at Mystic Falls High School, Elena meets Stefan Salvatore (PAUL WESLEY), the devastatingly handsome but mysterious new boy at school. There is an instant attraction between the two lost souls and they form an immediate deep connection. However, Elena is unaware that her enigmatic new boyfriend is hiding a dark and deadly secret. Stefan is a vampire, continually resisting the urge to taste her blood. Elena?s best friend Bonnie (KATERINA GRAHAM) is coming to terms with her new found psychic abilities and the bad feeling she picks up from Stefan leave her deeply worried. There is also competition in store as Elena?s rival Caroline (CANDICE ACCOLA) sets her manipulative sights on Stefan.

When the residents of the usually quiet Mystic Falls become the victims of a series of violent attacks, Stefan?s suspicions are raised and it?s not long before his greatest fear is realised. His older brother and bitter enemy Damon (IAN SOMERHALDER) has followed him back to their childhood home to wreak havoc and claim Elena for himself.

The brothers have a turbulent, brutal past and Damon understands his brother’s fixation with Elena better than anyone. She looks exactly like Katherine, a woman Stefan loved more than a century ago and who Damon tried to make his own. Now history is repeating itself and the immortal brothers are battling it out for Elena’s soul.

The series was a ratings smash when it premiered in the US in September 2009 and is based on the bestselling series of books by L.J Smith. ?The Vampire Diaries? is packed with tension, drama, mystery, romance and plenty of bloodsucking!

?The Vampire Diaries? is brand new and exclusive to ITV2 from Tuesday 2nd February, 9pm.

(Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television)