Philip Glenister, star of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes stars in ITV’s new drama series which is a contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that’s set above and beneath the streets of modern-day London.
Beginning tomorrow on ITV1 at 7:20pm, 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… I suspect that may entail Jeremy Kyle’s guests…
Anyway, when Rupert bursts into the life of his teenage godson, Luke – played by Christian Cooke, star of Echo Beach and Robin Hood – whose father died in mysterious circumstances fifteen years before, little does Luke know what’s about to be thrust upon him.
There are evil supernatural forces at work and it’s Luke’s destiny, as the last descendent of the Van Helsing line, to smite the half-lives that stalk our streets.
A unique online experience, Demons: The game, will accompany the show too, allowing players to immerse themselves in Luke’s deadly mission. Details of that will be on www.itv.com
So, 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, 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, played by Zoe Tapper who recently starred in Affinity, who is a blind concert pianist with a history, but who is also the foremost authority on the undesirable entities that prey on humanity.
The sinister and mouldering Father Simeon – Richard Wilson of One Foot In The Grave – 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’s faced with a daunting opponent in the form of the villainous Gladiolus Thrip, 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 Tibb who bears a deep and personal grudge against a member of the team…
Demons producer Julian Murphy explained on ITV’s website what attracted him and fellow producer Johnny Capps to the supernatural genre:
“It’s simple; the script and storytelling process allow us to use our imaginations in ways that simply aren’t acceptable in your average cop show. And then there’s the challenge of realising that vision. It’s much more exciting when you don’t know how to bring something to the screen!
“We focused on the Van Helsing legacy because it gives us a ready made mythology and experience has taught us that this is very important in dramas of this kind. But perhaps the most important inspiration was London itself and, more importantly, the secret world that lies beneath those very clean and modern streets.”
It sounds like it could be a good one – I just hope it’s not too unbelievable!