Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager who is haunted by spirits and faced with a looming apocalypse is one tough gig. That’s what Paul Roberts must contend with in this six-part series, as he takes on an army of “Fades” – trapped spirits breaking through the fabric of reality. Iain De Caestecker (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is the angst-ridden Paul, and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2) also stars. Keep an eye out for Daniel Kaluuya as Paul’s best friend Mac, too. He’s since followed De Caestecker to Hollywood, and you can catch him in Sicario with Emily Blunt on Virgin Movies now
First broadcast on BBC Three back in 2012, it went on to win a much-deserved BAFTA for Best Drama Series.
You’ll love this if you like: Being Human, with some Skins mixed in. Not a surprising comparison, as The Fades writer Jack Thorne also had a hand in penning Skins.
For a zombie showdown… watch In The Flesh
And the BAFTAs just keep on coming for the supernatural dramas. Set in a fictional Lancashire village, In The Flesh focuses on Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry (Quartet), who is brought back to life after a zombie outbreak. The drama follows his return to a small town plagued by haters. It won the BAFTA for Best Miniseries in 2014.
You’ll love this if you like: Humans
For a true-life drama… watch Murdered By My Boyfriend
This one-off drama, based on a true story, first aired on BBC Three in 2014. It pivots around Ashley Jones, a young victim of domestic abuse. Georgina Campbell (After Hours) beat Cilla star and bookies’ favourite Sheridan Smith to the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress and the show received the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama. BBC Three also has another hard-hitting drama, Murdered By My Father, about an “honour” killing, coming later this month.
You’ll love this if you like: Doctor Foster
For dysfunctional family funnies… watch Cuckoo series 3
We’ll hold our hands up. Cuckoo hasn’t officially won any awards….yet (although has had two British Comedy Award nominations). But with the combination of Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners), Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet – and yes, poor Emily in Friends), Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered) and Taylor Lautner (The Ridiculous 6), they should invest in a trophy cabinet sharpish. If you thought you had a kooky family, meet this lot. New-age ideas come to Lichfield, and the result is genius.
You’ll love this if you like: Episodes
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