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The Fades: Series 1, Episode 3

Paul pursues a relationship with Jay rather than give up his life to join the Angelics. Meanwhile, Neil makes contact with Mark and passes on a message from his dead wife, a new group of Angelics arrive in town, and Polus undergoes a startling transformation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Wednesday October 05th, 2011

Director: Farren Blackburn
Writer: Jack Thorne

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jan 28, 2012

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Sophie Wu
As Jay
Francis Magee
As Dr Tremlett
Jenn Murray
As Natalie
Ian Hanmore
As Polus
Robbie Gee
As DCI Armstrong
Lily Loveless
As Anna
Chris Mason
As Steve
Joe Dempsie
As John
Ruth Gemmell
As Alice
Craig Conway
As Phil
Genevieve Barr
As Maddy
Karl Collins
As Higgy
Lloyd Hutchinson
As Supt Clement
Theo Barklem Biggs
As DC Firth (as Theo Barklem-Biggs)
Main Cast
Iain De Caestecker
As Paul Roberts
Natalie Dormer
As Sarah Etches
Tom Ellis
As Mark Etches
Johnny Harris (1)
As Neil Valentine
Daniel Kaluuya
As Mac Armstrong
Daniela Nardini
As Helen Marshall
Claire Rushbrook
As Meg Roberts


In his bedroom, Paul is wanking off while imagining a game of Strip Rock-Scissors-Paper with Jay. Just as she removes her bra and he finishes, he sprouts a pair of angelic wings. Paul goes to the mirror and tries to take it in...

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Episode Quotes
Mac: Okay, So, I'm getting Twilight with this. "Previously on..." The dead, the Fades, are walking the earth. And they can't touch and they're angry, and it looks like they're eating flesh in order to fight back, because flesh allows them to touch. I know, so far, so Pac-Man. And then there's these guys with super-powers called the Angelics. They're trying they need to stop these dead people. Particularly Neil and his friend Helen, who is a dead sort of Fade-like ghost, too. But she's on our side. Rrrrey. And Paul, my best friend, has found out that he's an Angelic. His violent dreams are surprisingly powerful for one so small-shouldered. Oh, and Paul has been getting on with a girl, which is extraordinary in and of itself. But you probably have to know him to understand that. Now, who's nicked my Twilight book set? Nano nano.

Jay: What kept you?
Paul: Therapy. I was with my therapist.
Jay: Wow.
Paul: My ex-therapist.
Jay: Anything to be frightened of?
Paul: I grow wings when I ejaculate.
Jay: You know, that's quite a good line for you.

Mac: I could've been naked.
Paul: I've seen you naked.
Mac: I could've been masturbating.
Paul: I've seen you masturbating.
Mac: What, when?
Paul: The school trip to Calais.
Mac: You were awake...

Helen: You know, people misunderstand why Adam and Eve were thrown out of Eden. They say it was knowledge that caused them. The Fruit of Knowledge, that's a misreading. Wasn't knowledge that caused them, it was doubt. Doubt of what they were told, and so they couldn't see the beauty around them. And they weren't thrown out. Eden was still there, they were still in Eden. Only its beauty was lost to them. Their only beauty was lost to them. Well, I can see the beauty, so I'm lucky, aren't I?

(after undressing)
Jay: Okay, that was a look I wasn't expecting.
Paul: What look?
Jay: I've seen boys pleased, I've seen boys look disappointed. I've never seen a boy look quiet so scared.
Paul: No, no, I'm not scared. I was just--I was thinking...
Jay: Thinking what? And you're not allowed to say "films" or what's-her-face from Mork & Mindy...
Paul: Pam Dawber.

Mac: Wow. It's a key. Am I supposed to break it off and--and give half to you and wear my bit around my neck... are we in love? Because I'm flattered, but...
Paul: It's to my house. Anytime--anytime things at home, your mum or your dad, 3 a.m., whenever. You just come to my place. Sleep in the sofa, sleep in my room, whatever you like. You're always welcome. Because you're family. I've cleared it with Mum.
Mac: Okay.
Paul: You do know, don't you, that whatever happens with Jay, you'll always be more important to me, right?
Mac: Yeah. You do know I'm going to use this key to steal your sister's knickers, right?

Cultural References
Mac: Okay, So, I'm getting Twilight with this.

The episode contains numerous references to the Twilight novels, a series of novels that portray vampires as romantic figures that glitter in daylight.

Mac: (giving a hand gesture)

Mac flashes Paul the "Live long and prosper" gestured used by the Vulcans in the various Star Trek movies and TV shows.

Jay: So, you're Superman, right?

Superman is arguably the best known comic book superhero of all times, appearing in DC Comics and having super-strength, speed, flight, invulnerability, and a host of other powers

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSusan Hogg
ProducerCaroline Skinner
Co-ProducerAngie Daniell
Production DesignerCatrin Meredydd
EditorLuke Dunkley
First Assistant DirectorMatthew Scrivener
Second Assistant DirectorAndrew Foster
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
StuntsAndy Wareham  |  Richard Hammatt
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 AssistantKevin Riddle  |  Kate Ringsell
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 EditorAlex Ellerington  |  Jim Goddard
Best Boy GripPhilip Hurst
Dialogue EditorJeff Richardson
Production BuyerKimberley Fahey
Standby Art DirectorGraham Ward
Construction ManagerAntoine Robin
Standby PropsAngus Gentleman  |  Simon Riley
Still PhotographerDean Rogers
Production RunnerYusoof Patel
Floor RunnerIzzi Shearman
Make-up DesignerChristine Allsopp
Production ConsultantCarmel Maloney
Make-up SupervisorLaura Schalker  |  Steven Smith (4)
1st Assistant DirectorMarco Ciglia
Location AssistantDorothy Freytag
Assistant Production AccountantJacqueline Graham
OrchestrationBen Foskett
Warning: The Fades season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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