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The Fades: Series 1, Episode 5

The community opens a crisis center at the high school to deal with the rising number of missing persons. Paul, Anna, Jay, and Mac go there to find Anna's missing boyfriend Steve, but soon discover that John and Natalie have taken over the school for their own purposes. Meanwhile, Sarah chooses life over death and must deal with the consequences.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Wednesday October 19th, 2011

Director: Tom Shankland
Writer: Jack Thorne

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Feb 11, 2012

Guest Stars
Theo Barklem-BiggsTheo Barklem-Biggs
As DC Firth
Robbie GeeRobbie Gee
As DCI Armstrong
Jenn MurrayJenn Murray
As Natalie
Lily LovelessLily Loveless
As Anna
Sophie WuSophie Wu
As Jay
Lloyd HutchinsonLloyd Hutchinson
As Supt Clement
Craig ConwayCraig Conway
As Phil
Ruth GemmellRuth Gemmell
As Alice
Chris MasonChris Mason
As Steve
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Dr Tremlett (Dr Peter Tremlett)
Eleanor MatsuuraEleanor Matsuura
As Vicky
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
Claire RushbrookClaire Rushbrook
As Meg Roberts


At the station, Armstrong and Firth are going over a list of those that have gone missing or disappeared...

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Episode Notes
Among the names on the police list of the missing are three crew members: Gary Norman, Rob Arrowsmith, and Julius/Jules Ogden.

Episode Quotes
Mac: Last week my best friend came back to life. The day before, he died. A few days before that, he emerged as the most powerful member of this tribe of people called the Angelics. He acquired magical powers that they didn't even think was possible. People used to think he was mad. They were wrong. He's special. But him being special has been a tumultuous time. That's--that's not even half of it. There's these dead people, the Fades, and--and they're trying to come back to life, lead by this dude called John, who died in 1943 and has come back to life by eating human flesh. And now he's got a taste for it, he just can't stop. Yeah, I know. He tricked Paul into helping him rescue this girl called Natalie from the Angelics. And with her help, he's bringing a whole army of dead people back into our town. Meanwhile, the Angelics have their own plan. And those of us stuck in the middle of it--me, my history teacher, Paul's mum, Paul's sister, Paul's girlfriend--just stick out our chin, grin, and try to pretend we understand what's going on. Scary. Now, whose seen my Matrix box set? I'm pretty sure I've worked out who the Architect is a metaphor for. Nano nano.

Meg: I don't even know if he's all right or if he should be here. Doctors didn't even want to discharge you. I am allowed to be worried.
Mac: He's fine, watch this. Lord of the Rings.
Paul: Why didn't they just fly in and out on the back of a giant eagle?
Mac: Boom.

Jay: You're not even scarred.
Paul: The doctor thinks me a medical miracle.
Jay: The doctor thinks you're a freak. You're my freak, though.
Paul: Yeah.

(to Paul)
Neil: The past is a hole, and it's full of what-ifs. And I live in the present. You--don't know where you live. You confuse me. one thing I do know is that you are going to matter. And when we find out why that is, you'll have to pick a side. Just make sure you pick the right side, kid.

John: One time, during the war, I was fighting alongside this NCO called.. Richard something. They brought a man with his guts ripped out to the hole that we were in. Someone shouted out for medical support, and Richard raised his hand ion the air. "I'm a medic." And I watched him as he went and held this man's guts together. And I watched him die. And afterwards I said to him, "Richard, I didn't know that you were a medic." And then he turned to me and he said, "I'm not. I just wanted to know what the insides of a man felt like."

Anna: Volunteering? Seems like an opportunity to seek out some new pussy, more like.
Mac: If I had you, I'd never let you go.
Anna: In order for you to have me, I'd have to be gagged, blindfolded, locked in a chest.
Mac: That could be arranged.

Mac: How'd you know where the key was?
Jay: I volunteer here sometimes.
Anna: You're a library monitor? My boyfriend's dead and you're a library monitor?

Anna: Ahhh, you're mental. You're both mental! Steve's mental, you're mental, and Jay is a fucking library monitor.

Steve: I am going to rip your fucking head off and spit down your neck.
Anna: I'm not afraid of you, Steve. Nobody can be that scary with a dick your size.
Mac: We're going to die here. I knew this would happen. Death before life. I'm going to die, I haven't even felt a breast in my hand. I haven't even seen a breast. That's your excuse to flash me, by the way.
Anna: Flash this!

Dr Tremlett: You should listen to your friend. He's afraid. I'm surprised you're not. You used to always be afraid of everything.
Paul: I'm still afraid. I'm afraid of letting my friends down. I'm afraid of not being good enough, I'm afraid of not doing the right thing. But you... I'm bored of being afraid of things like you.

John: It's interesting, isn't it? When I kill, people can come back. But when you kill, people are wiped from existence.
Paul: Yeah? Why's that interesting?
John: Because I'm the one people think is the monster.

Cultural References
Mac: Now, whose seen my Matrix box set? I'm pretty sure I've worked out who the Architect is a metaphor for.

The Matrix is a 1999 movie, the first in a trilogy, which features humanity trapped in a virtual reality environment with most of them unaware that anything unusual is going on. The Architect is the computer program that created the virtual reality.

Mac: He's fine, watch this. Lord of the Rings.

Lord of the Rings is a trilogy of novels by J.R.R. Tolkein featuring the travels of a group of adventurers questing to destroy the One Ring.

Mac: Mission Impossible II.

Mission Impossible II (2000) is a movie in the M:I franchise spawned by the TV series of the same name.

Mac: So trap him or something. You're not afraid of no ghosts.

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" are lyrics from the 1984 song Ghostbusters, the theme from the movie of the same name.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSusan Hogg
ProducerCaroline Skinner
Co-ProducerAngie Daniell
Production DesignerCatrin Meredydd
EditorMatthew Tabern
Second Assistant DirectorAndrew Foster
Music SupervisorIain Cooke
Costume DesignerEmma Fryer
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorRob Arrowsmith
Location ManagerJethro Ensor
Property MasterSteve Register
Script SupervisorSam Davey
Production CoordinatorBenjamin Richards
Assistant EditorMatt Cannings
Post Production SupervisorSteve Barker
GafferTom Gates
On-Line EditorMark Maltby
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsIan Paed  |  Amy Trow
Stunt CoordinatorAndy Bradford
Production SecretaryCatherine Booton
Art DirectorSam Stokes
Sound MixerMartin Jensen
Script EditorEsther Springer  |  Richard Cookson
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 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  |  Joaquin Blunt
Make-up DesignerChristine Allsopp
Production ConsultantCarmel Maloney
Make-up SupervisorSteven Smith (4)  |  Laura Schalker
1st Assistant DirectorMarco Ciglia
Location AssistantDorothy Freytag
Assistant Production AccountantJacqueline Graham
OrchestrationBen Foskett
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