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The Fades: Series 1, Episode 6

A town ends up being left deserted. An Angelic is on the edge of desperation. People will die and ash will fall. Nothing can stop the inevitable.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Wednesday October 26th, 2011

Director: Tom Shankland
Writer: Jack Thorne

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Feb 18, 2012

Guest Stars
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Dr Tremlett (Dr Peter Tremlett)
Ruth GemmellRuth Gemmell
As Alice
Lily LovelessLily Loveless
As Anna (Anna Roberts)
Sophie WuSophie Wu
As Jay
Robbie GeeRobbie Gee
As DCI Armstrong
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


Neil opens the car trunk and orders Mac out. ..

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Episode Quotes
Mac: In the beginning there was the word. And the word was "shit." The angry dead, the Fades, stand ready to overwhelm the living. And we're not ready for them. Many people have left town already. There's only one person who can do anything. And that's my best friend Paul, who's special. So special that he died and came back to life. He's Frankenstein meets Neo. He's acquired powers that are... freaky. And scary. He's seen what's coming if he makes the wrong choice. Paul wants to set the Fades free. But only one Angelic still believes in him. Yeah. In the beginning there was the word. And the word was "shit." Now... who's seen my E.T. box set, hmmm? The three-disc set with the original celluloid cut? I'm in the mood to... cry. Nano nano.

Dr Tremlett: I would just like to know why we are not leaving town. We'll starve here.
John: Ahh, for someone who used to talk for a living, you're remarkably boring.

Paul: Mac was right. I can... this thing, it does have more than one use. I'm, um, I'm an Angelic Swiss Army knife.

John: Do you know what my favorite story from the Bible is?
Sarah: Nobody gives a shit.
John: Genesis 19. Lot at the gates of Sodom. Sees some angels approaching.
Sarah: What the fuck is this?
John: And he thinks to himself, "Now, I can't let the Sodomites, my filthy neighbors, have these angels. These angels need protecting."
Sarah: What are you talking about?
John: So he moved the angels into his inn. But before long the Sodomites surround the inn and they demand to be allowed to sodomize an angel. And let's be honest, Sarah, you don't want to sodomize an angel if given a chance. Lot knew that it wouldn't be too long before his inn was pulled apart brick by brick. "Let us fuck them, let us fuck them." So he came up with a plan. And he went outside and he took his virginal teenage daughters with him, and he said to the Sodomites, he said, "I can't let you sodomize these angels. No, no. But why don't you all do your best on these daughters of mine instead?"
Sarah: I don't like this story.
John: It gets better. The next day, the angels let Lot, his wife, and his teenage daughters out of the gates of Sodom. And they burnt the city to the ground. And they told the family not to look. However, Lot's wife turned around. Maybe she wanted to see her daughters' rapists burn to death. So the angels turned her into a pillar of salt for disobeying them. And this all meant of course that Lot and his teenage daughters were left to repopulate the entire continent on their own. You see, every nation has its bloody beginning. And now it's time for a new nation. Our nation. And I don't even have to fuck my own daughters to make it happen.

John: There once was a boy called Paul, who had an enormous ball. He had pants specially made but he never got laid, that poor unfortunate Paul.

John: There once was an orphan called Neil, who didn’t quite know how to feel. Abandoned at birth and lacking in mirth, he... he... turned into a bit of a dickhead really.

Alice: We're supposed to be the best.
Sarah: And I wasn't.
Alice: Then you should have tried fucking harder!

Paul: I will, I'll kill you! You know, when I was a kid I used to pretend my dad was a superhero.
Neil: What's your dad got to do with this? Paul, now!
Paul: He was a selfish bastard, he just left us. Left my mom in a mess. And I won't be selfish. Not like him and not like you, neither one of you. All this big talk. Neither one of you give a shit about the world.

Neil: Don't tell me I was wrong. Don't tell me we were fighting the wrong battles.
Alice: Fighting the wrong battles? You were losing the wrong war.
Neil: I am what I am. I'm an Angelic.
Sarah: No you're not. Not anymore. You're as much of the Fade as I am.
Neil: You're right, it's over. It's over.

Mac: If we're going to die here, might as well tell you why I think we'd make a great couple.
Anna: Frankly, it'd be easier to just die.
Mac: The first reason, because we're really similar.
Anna: If you're going to come and kill us, do it quickly, please.

Mac: You want to hear the good news or the bad news? Good news, uh, we're alive. Bad news, I'm going to be your brother-in-law.
Anna: What? You really aren't.
Mac: Anna's decided that she's in love with me.
Anna: She really hasn't.
Mac: She wants me so much she can't control herself.
Anna: She really doesn't.

Cultural References
Mac: Now... who's seen my E.T. box set, hmmm?

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 movie about an alien stranded on Earth who befriends a young boy.

Mac: But on the inside he's... he's Spider-Man with balls.

Spider-Man is Marvel Comic's premiere superhero, a teenager transformed by the bite of a radioactive spider.

Mac: He's Batman without the wanking.

Batman is the famous comic book superhero created by Bob Kane in 1939. Although he has no superpowers, Batman is among the most feared and respected heroes of the DC comics, as well as along with Superman the most iconic.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSusan Hogg
ProducerCaroline Skinner
Co-ProducerAngie Daniell
Production DesignerCatrin Meredydd
Second Assistant DirectorGlyn Harper
Music SupervisorIain Cooke
Costume DesignerEmma Fryer
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorRob Arrowsmith
Location ManagerJethro Ensor
Property MasterSteve Register
Script SupervisorSuzy Mahoney
Production CoordinatorBenjamin Richards
Assistant EditorMatt Cannings
Post Production SupervisorSteve Barker
GafferTom Gates
On-Line EditorMark Maltby
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsPaul Kennington  |  Ian Paed  |  Gary Connery
Stunt CoordinatorRay De-Haan  |  Andy Bradford
Production SecretaryCatherine Booton
Art DirectorFabrice Spelta
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 EditorAlex Ellerington  |  Jim Goddard
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 RunnerLouise Grundy
Make-up DesignerChristine Allsopp
Production ConsultantCarmel Maloney
Make-up SupervisorSteven Smith (4)  |  Laura Schalker
1st Assistant DirectorMarco Ciglia
Location AssistantSergio Cesari  |  Duncan Laing
Assistant Production AccountantJacqueline Graham
OrchestrationBen Foskett
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