Its sad enough that BBC Three had decided not to order another season of Jack Thorne's utterly brilliant dark supernatural series, The Fades. But what makes it even worse: The Fades died from friendly fire.
Iain de Caestecker as Paul in The Fades.
BBC Three has decided, it seems, that there's only room for one dark supernatural series on its grid, so it's chosen to concentrate on the established hit Being Human, leaving the much-talked-about newcomer to die on the vine after only six episodes.
The dissonance involved in canceling The Fades in the prime of its youth, its tremendous potential only partly realized, was underlined by a telling coincidence: the same week that the BBC confirmed the show's cancellation, The Fades was nominated for two Bafta awards, for writer Jack Thorne and for best drama. The show will be up against BBC One's Spooks, ITV's Scott and Bailey, and Channel 4's Misfits.
The BBC statement expressed contrition. "After much thought we've taken the difficult decision not to bring back The Fades. It was a brilliant first series, but on BBC3 we only have a limited budget for drama and decided on the return of Being Human." It seems part of BBC Three's drama budget is being reapportioned to BBC One as part of a repositioning of the smaller channel, leaving room only for a sampling of scripted programming rather than a spread.
(That points to the fact that the BBC decision has been in the wind for six weeks, since Being Human was renewed for a fifth season, and the show's Facebook page warned that a second season had not been commissioned in early April.)
The brilliance of The Fades and the exceptional work of creator Thorne and star Iain de Caestecker mean that this may not be the last word on The Fades. But whatever happens to young Paul, we won't be hearing about it on BBC Three.
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