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Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Fades Axed

BBC3's latest drama fades away after one season.
These are hard times for the television industry. Year after year, shows like Torchwood, Camelot and Waking The Dead feel the pressure of the axe when they're just beginning to show their potential. Heck, the heads over at the BBC even saw fit to cancel acclaimed behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Confidential last year in the hope of finding innovative new dramas to air on BBC3. One such experimental new project was The Fades, which had its first full season of episodes broadcast in Autumn 2011. Producer Johnny Harris has confirmed to sci-fi magazine SFX that the fantasy drama will not return for another run, however, despite the relative popularity of the storylines following the tale of a teenage boy haunted by dreams of the apocalypse. Whether the channel will see fit to bring back established hits like Confidential (wink wink, nudge nudge, in case you're reading this Beeb managers!) as a result of the failure of new series like these remains to be seen, but it certainly can't bode well when these kinds of experiments only sustain the faith of the producers for a mere single set of adventures. We will still get a fifth series of the channel's other big supernnatural drama Being Human next Spring though, so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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