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The BBC are notoriously bad at bringing the super natural to the screen... especially on a Saturday night but they may just be about to crack it with 'Strange'. Firstly there was the great cast lead by the curly haired Richard Coyle (Jeff from Coupling) here not only dropping the Welsh accent but also the nerdish nervousness and adopting the role of demon hunter like a pro. Not only a good looking guy but laden with enough charisma and timing to ensure John Strange goes form strength to strength once a series is commissioned. Sam Janus also shined alongside Ian Richardson as the menacing Canon Black. The pilot introduced us to John Strange and his theories of demons lurking the world in human guise, and ended with him and Jude joining forces to kick some 'Azal demon of electricity's' butt. The effects were exceptional, the bad guy looking suitably scary. The pilot leaves us with more than enough loose ends and unanswered questions for a full series to be a must. I will enjoy watching these characters develop.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Intelligently scripted, a nice mix of ambiguous
characters, plenty of scope for development, and all attractively acted.
When watching this, I thought it was on a par with Channel 4's superb
"Ultraviolet" mini-series made in 1998. Aha, I now see that was also
written and directed by Joe Ahearne.
More please, BBC!
I am admittedly a BBC-ophile, and sci fi is a not-so guilty pleasure, but nonetheless very choosy. This show is excellent. The production looks great and the characters are lovable; save the villains. It's as good as any other long running well acclaimed series, and like the X-files clearly takes it's lead from the old Nightstalker series, with perhaps a little Dr. Who thrown in for good measure. I always hate to see Networks scrambling to imitate forerunning shows, while researchers sit mystified by demonhunting focus groups. Likewise, American versions of well done BBC productions always fall flat or stale (Cracker). This series was emulation worthy. I'm sorry to see it's two years to late to keep it on the tele. While Fox and WB fought over Buffy, sadly this show went unnoticed by Americans viewers. Hope we see Richard Coyle again soon.
Acting, direction, cinematography, writing, scenic design, clothing,
casting and whatever else. . . are all wonderfully done. The show is
intelligent, deep, had a great germ of an idea, is very engrossing, and
moves along very well. WHY did they CANCEL it? and in England, too,
where they have many intelligent, complicated shows for the television
I, for one, like everyone else, i'm sure, think that Asmoth is, of course, the Canon, whom Ian Richardson plays to perfection; he leaves us guessing pretty often, but still you really hate him. Too bad we didn't see him get his!!!! I really would have enjoyed that. We also don't get to see how Jude's son would develop as a character and obviously for the good side! Both the leads have full characterization and are played so well by Samantha Womack and Richard Coyle (the emotions of Strange are so expressive). and what would have happened when John came out of his coma - would he be stronger, have more insight - what?? and Timmy Lang (Kevin), plays his part to a 't'. Very, very annoying whoever canceled this!!!
What a shame the BBC cancelled this. I adore all things sci-fi /fantasy
(hence my love of Buffy, X-Files, Dark Angel and most recently
Supernatural) and this had a good sense of humour about it.
Sometimes it got a bit ludicrous, but had such potential that the BBC were too short sighted to exploit. Richard Coyle was perfectly suited as were the rest of the cast.
I guess its just another of the shows that the BBC are too afraid of hence all the detective dramas and soaps four times a week. Anything they think won't do well enough gets cancelled.
I just hope they don't do the same thing with Sea of Souls.
I enjoyed this series and would love to see a follow up.
Richard Coyle was well suited to the part of Strange, who had a mystery about him and Samantha Janus superbly played Staff Nurse Jude Atkins who had a small son, played by William Tomlin, who I believe has appeared in The Story of Tracy Beaker.
The special effects were excellent and very convincing and, in particular, more so in the last episode shown.
For a supernatural drama, it was not too scary, but it had just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I have missed it since it finished and Saturday evenings haven't been the same without it.
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