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The Fades: Series 1, Episode 1

After witnessing a strange assault at an abandoned shopping centre, teenager Paul Roberts discovers that he has the ability to see "Fades": spirits unable to move onto the next plane of existence. As Paul comes to realize, these Fades have grown angry at their doomed existence... and have achieved the ability to interact with the real world.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday September 21st, 2011

Director: Farren Blackburn
Writer: Jack Thorne

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jan 14, 2012

Guest Stars
Sophie WuSophie Wu
As Jay
Lily LovelessLily Loveless
As Anna (Anna Roberts)
Zach MorrisZach Morris
As Sam (Sam Gregson)
Brandon RobinsonBrandon Robinson
As Fred (Fred Taylor)
Philip BirdPhilip Bird
As Mr Peterson
Jenn MurrayJenn Murray
As Natalie
James GreeneJames Greene
As Eric
Chris MasonChris Mason
As Steve (Steve McEwan)
Sophia La PortaSophia La Porta
As Tracy
Eleanor MatsuuraEleanor Matsuura
As Vicky
Ian HanmoreIan Hanmore
As Polus
Robbie GeeRobbie Gee
As DCI Armstrong
Lloyd HutchinsonLloyd Hutchinson
As Supt Clement
Theo Barklem-BiggsTheo Barklem-Biggs
As DC Firth
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Dr Tremlett

Mat FraserMat Fraser
As Richard
Main Cast
Iain De CaesteckerIain De Caestecker
As Paul Roberts
Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer
As Sarah Etches
Tom EllisTom Ellis
As Mark Etches
Johnny HarrisJohnny Harris
As Neil Valentine
Daniel KaluuyaDaniel Kaluuya
As Mac Armstrong
Daniela NardiniDaniela Nardini
As Helen Marshall
Claire RushbrookClaire Rushbrook
As Meg Roberts


A woman, Sarah, is walking down the street, talking to Neil on the phone. She insists that she saw something and that “they” are coming. The woman tells Neil to meet her at a shopping center and then hears someone moving in the shadows. Sarah tells Neil to hang on and approaches a cloaked figure sitting in the shadows, asking if he’s hurt. When she gets no response, Sarah bends over and reaches out to the figure, who lunges at her...

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Episode Quotes
Paul: This is a bad idea.
Mac: Correction. This is a good idea with bad possibilities.
Paul: What does that even...?
Mac: Paul. Sooner or later you'll realize that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

Mac: Are we about to get assassinated? Because I'm not ready to die. I haven't decided what my last words will be yet.

Anna: Fuck off, Paul. How we came from the same egg is a mystery to me.
Paul: Womb. We came out of the same womb. Egg, and we'd be identical twins. There are certain differences between us if you hadn't noticed.
Anna: Huh, yeah, you're retarded.

Paul: I'm scared, Mac.
Mac: You're scared? My only friend is either a lunatic or Heather Langenkamp. I'm petrified.

Neil: We can be safe here. It's non-negotiable.
Helen: We're not here to protect the future, Neil. Sarah was the seer. Her inevitability isn't ours. We take every challenge...
Neil: If it comes. I know that. What if the challenge is too great? If the Fades do break through?
Helen: Then you're right. We'll be fucked. Does that make you feel better?
Neil: I don't like it when you swear.

Neil: Look, when people die, they go up or they stay here. Some go up, some stay here. These are those that stay here. We call them "the Fades."
Paul: They're just... trapped here.
Neil: If they don't ascend, yeah.
Paul: So these are bad people?
Neil: Good, bad, why people believe death is somehow fair. Death is random, same as life is. Life is famine. Illness. Shittiness. Death is similarly crap.

Paul: You... some sort of... Ghostbuster?
Neil: Yeah, that's right, kid, I'm a Ghostbuster.
Paul: And none of this... none of this stuff's in my head?
Neil: Ghostbuster's honor.

Jay: You've got nice eyes. In this light.
Paul: Yeah?
Jay: I'd better go.
Paul: All right.
Jay: See you.
Paul: You got nice eyes too!
Jay: I know.

Paul: Would you say everything you've ever learned about was from films, Mac?
Mac: No. Television's been doing some important work for me. Then there's the complicated yet thorny issue of Internet pornography.

Cultural References
Mac: Which makes my best friend Indiana Jones. Which is good, because I always wanted to be Short Round in The Temple of Doom. Or Marion Ravenwood from Raiders.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) are the first two movies in the Indiana Jones franchise of movies, TV shows, comics, and video games.

Mac: Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare on Elm Street.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was a 1984 horror movie about Freddie Krueger, a janitor who was killed in a fire and comes back as a spirit to haunt the dreams of the children of the parents who killed him. Heather Langenkamp plays the heroine in the first and third movies in the franchise.

Paul: You... some sort of... Ghostbuster?

Ghostbusters was a 1984 comedy about four men who exorcise ghosts and call themselves "The Ghostbusters."

Mac: Admittedly, in the isolated incidents they show in the film, Bruce Willis could have been a ghost for those.

In the movie The Sixth Sense (1999), Bruce Willis is a child psychologist treating a child who claims he can see a ghost. In the twist ending, the psychologist is a a dead man.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSusan Hogg
ProducerCaroline Skinner
Co-ProducerAngie Daniell
Production DesignerCatrin Meredydd
EditorLuke Dunkley
First Assistant DirectorMatthew Scrivener
Second Assistant DirectorAndrew Foster
Music SupervisorIain Cooke
Costume DesignerEmma Fryer
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorRob Arrowsmith
Location ManagerJethro Ensor
Property MasterSteve Register
Script SupervisorPhillip Trow
Production CoordinatorBenjamin Richards
Assistant EditorMatt Cannings
Post Production SupervisorSteve Barker
GafferTom Gates
On-Line EditorMark Maltby
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsDarcy Thomas  |  Rory Mulroe  |  Ray De-Haan  |  Gary Connery
Stunt CoordinatorAndy Bradford
Production SecretaryCatherine Booton
Art DirectorSam Stokes
Sound MixerMartin Jensen
Script EditorRichard Cookson  |  Esther Springer
Sound RecordistTom Oliver (3)
Third Assistant DirectorMatt Storey
Costume SupervisorJane Leonard
Boom OperatorGraham Tait
Visual Effects SupervisorAlexis Haggar
Production AccountantNuala Alen-Buckley
Casting AssistantKate Ringsell  |  Kevin Riddle
Camera AssistantThomas Fishwick
Visual Effects ProducerDan Marbrook
Special Effects SupervisorTony Auger
ComposerPaul Thomson
Unit ManagerPatrick Burrows
ColoristThomas Urbye
ConductorMatt Dunkley
Focus PullerJulius Ogden
Assistant Art DirectorRebecca Hemy
Sound Effects EditorJim Goddard  |  Alex Ellerington
Best Boy GripPhilip Hurst
Dialogue EditorJeff Richardson
Production BuyerKimberley Fahey
Standby Art DirectorGraham Ward
Construction ManagerAntoine Robin
Standby PropsSimon Riley  |  Angus Gentleman
Still PhotographerDean Rogers
Production RunnerYusoof Patel
Floor RunnerIzzi Shearman
Make-up DesignerChristine Allsopp
Production ConsultantCarmel Maloney
Make-up SupervisorLaura Schalker  |  Steven Smith (4)
Location AssistantDorothy Freytag
Assistant Production AccountantJacqueline Graham
OrchestrationBen Foskett
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