Demons – Philip Glenister’s Van Helsing Program on ITV1

Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) leads a starry cast cobbled together from modern day cult tv it seems in a six part drama based on the legacy of Bram Stokers Dracula set above and beneath the streets of modern-day London.

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 (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 Lukes 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 Mothers Handbook, Waterloo Road). But he remains cool its 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.

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.

Filmed in London, 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).

Heroes Series 2 (TV)

Heroes was the best TV show of 2007, if not the greatest. But what happened to the second series, well the writers strike for one. Cutting the series run from 22 episodes to 11 episodes was bad, attempting to cram the whole second series story line into those 11 episodes was positivly foolish.

The series built up nicely, introduced new characters and tried to add that extra dimension to others. But everything fell appart in the last 3 episodes where they tried to wrap the whole thing up (and add the inevitable end of 2nd series cliffhanger).

Originally when I saw that the series had an attenuated span I thought ‘great’ as I would be less tormented with the seemingly endless cliffhangers which made Heroes Series 1 so compulsively watchable. How wrong was I.

Despite its mess of a compression the best parts were definitely centered around Hiro and Kensi back in 17 Century Japan. This saw Hiro really build and mature. But again this series did in places feel a bit ‘been there done that’. Visions of an apocalyptic future, man made disaster to be averted, new big bad guy.

Syler. Well to be honest it would have been a better series if they dropped him all together, he was not needed. With the limited run the fewer characters in this series of Heroes the better.

With all said and done I did enjoy this, though compared to Heroes series 1 this was a little let down.

Will I watch series 3? ? well yes. After the cliff hanger at the end of this series I just have to find out what happened to….. oh yes spoilers. Must avoid spoilers