The Fades, BBC Three, review

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Michael Deacon reviews episode one of The Fades, BBC Three’s new fantasy horror serial.

In The Fades, BBC Three’s new fantasy horror serial, our teenage hero Paul (Iain de Caestecker) wets the bed. Still, at least he has an excuse: during the night he’s haunted by terrifyingly intense visions of apocalypse. Oh, and when he’s awake he can see dead people.

That last sentence may sound eerily similar to the premise of M Night Shyamalan’s 1999 film The Sixth Sense (as indeed Paul’s best friend pointed out to him), but there’s a bit more to it than that: one of these spirits (or “Fades”) is on a murder spree.

So far The Fades is promisingly tense, and should appeal to fans of Being Human (also on BBC Three). Its appeal to others depends on their ability to stomach the exposition.

“There are holes in the world. Ascension points. Used to be loads but then man invented concrete.”

“What are those lights in [the spirits’] chests?”

In The Fades, BBC Three’s new fantasy horror serial, our teenage hero Paul (Iain de Caestecker) wets the bed. Still, at least he has an excuse: during the night he’s haunted by terrifyingly intense visions of apocalypse. Oh, and when he’s awake he can see dead people.

That last sentence may sound eerily similar to the premise of M Night Shyamalan’s 1999 film The Sixth Sense (as indeed Paul’s best friend pointed out to him), but there’s a bit more to it than that: one of these spirits (or “Fades”) is on a murder spree.

So far The Fades is promisingly tense, and should appeal to fans of Being Human (also on BBC Three). Its appeal to others depends on their ability to stomach the exposition.

“There are holes in the world. Ascension points. Used to be loads but then man invented concrete.”

“What are those lights in [the spirits’] chests?”

“Beacons. When the dead near Ascension, their souls can shine.”

I’m sorry to say I laughed at that. I do hope, when the time comes, this won’t bar me from Ascension

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