Young Dracula
Young Dracula Series 1–2 Title Card
GenreTeen drama
Supernatural drama
Horror
Sitcom (series 1–2)
Created byDanny Robins
Dan Tetsell
StarringKeith-Lee Castle
Gerran Howell
Clare Thomas
Simon Ludders
Andy Bradshaw
ComposersJohn Rea (series 1)
Nick Lloyd (series 2–3)
Simon Rogers (Series 4)
Michael J McEvoy (series 5)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series5
No. of episodes66 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerJosephine Ward
ProducersMia Jupp (series 1–2)
Lis Steele (series 3–4)
Melanie Halsall (Series 3)
Candida Julian–Jones (series 5)
Production locationsGlamorgan (series 1–2)
Liverpool (series 3–5)
EditorsChristian Blood
Emyr Jenkins
Robert Douglas-Reeves
Nick Holes
Jane Murrell
Pedr James
Angharad Owen
Bleddyn Rhys
Camera setupVideotape (filmized) (series 1–2)
RED (series 3–5)
Multi-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companyBBC Cymru Wales
DistributorFireworks Entertainment (2006–2011)
Content Media Corporation PLC (2011–2014)
Release
Original networkCBBC Channel
Picture formatSDTV (576i) (series 1–2)
HDTV (1080i) (series 3–5)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOriginal Series:
21 September 2006 (2006-09-21) –
31 March 2014 (2014-03-31)

Young Dracula is a British children's horror drama comedy television series which aired on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula, a 2002 children's book by Michael Lawrence.[1] The final episode aired on 31 March 2014.

The first two series follow the Dracula family, a family of vampires: Vladimir (Vlad), his father Count Dracula, and sister Ingrid. Having lived in Transylvania, they move to Stokely, a small town in Wales after various incidents involving angry peasant mobs. It was filmed in various locations around Wales, including Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Caerphilly Castle, Tretower Court and parts of Llantrisant. Directed by Joss Agnew, the first series was broadcast in 2006 and the second series, which started in late 2007, concluded in early 2008.

The third series, commissioned three years after the second, sees Vlad and the Count flee both vampires and slayers, while the Count is determined that Vlad should fulfil his destiny to become "the Chosen One". This series was filmed in Liverpool during 2011, in various locations including the disused Margaret Bevan School, Croxteth Hall and Stanley Docks.[2][3][4] It began airing on 31 October 2011. The fourth series follows on from season three's predicament and had a new director, airing on 29 October 2012. Young Dracula was renewed for a fifth and final series in 2013, with filming beginning in April.[5] The hour long finale, "The Darkest Hour", aired 31 March 2014.

Young Dracula was nominated for Best Children's Drama in the 2008 BAFTA Awards and has been nominated for several other awards. An additional series, the Young Dracula Files, began broadcasting on 24 October 2012, in which the main characters tell their stories of the past. It was primarily hosted by the character Bertrand Du Fortunesa, played by Cesare Taurasi.

Characters

Main article: List of Young Dracula characters

Character Portrayed by Series
1 2 3 4 5
Vladimir Dracula Gerran Howell Main
Count Dracula Keith-Lee Castle Main
Ingrid Dracula Clare Thomas Main
Renfield Simon Ludders Main
Zoltan Andy Bradshaw Main
Robin Branagh Craig Roberts Main
Chloe Branagh Lucy Borja-Edwards Main
Eric Van Helsing Terence Maynard Main
Jonathan Van Helsing Terry Haywood Main
Mina Van Helsing Jo-Anne Knowles Main
Wolfie Westernra Lorenzo Rodriguez Main
Alex McCauley Letty Butler Main
Bertrand du Fortunesa Cesare Taurasi Main
Erin Noble Sydney Rae White Main
Malik Vaccaria Richard Southgate Main
Sally Giles Laura Howard Main
George Giles Bella Band Main
Asan Ramanga Quinton Nyirenda Main
Talitha Eleanor Gecks Main
Piers Mark Rowley Main

Main

Episodes

Main article: List of Young Dracula episodes

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 14 21 September 2006 (21 September 2006) 21 December 2006 (21 December 2006)
2 13 2 November 2007 (2 November 2007) 8 February 2008 (8 February 2008)
3 13 31 October 2011 (31 October 2011) 12 December 2011 (12 December 2011)
4 13 29 October 2012 (29 October 2012) 18 December 2012 (18 December 2012)
5 13 13 January 2014 31 March 2014

Ratings

Series Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers CBBC Weekly Ranking
1
1 21 September 2006 N/A N/A
2 28 September 2006 N/A N/A
3 5 October 2006 N/A N/A
4 12 October 2006 N/A N/A
5 19 October 2006 N/A N/A
6 26 October 2006 N/A N/A
7 2 November 2006 N/A N/A
8 9 November 2006 N/A N/A
9 16 November 2006 N/A N/A
10 23 November 2006 N/A N/A
11 30 November 2006 N/A N/A
12 7 December 2006 N/A N/A
13 14 December 2006 195,000 2
14 21 December 2006 194,000 6
2
1 2 November 2007 313,000 2
2 9 November 2007 210,000 N/A
3 16 November 2007 269,000 6
4 23 November 2007 312,000 5
5 30 November 2007 270,000 6
6 7 December 2007 274,000 3
7 14 December 2007 335,000 2
8 21 December 2007 242,000 9
9 11 January 2008 307,000 4
10 18 January 2008 270,000 4
11 25 January 2008 201,000 N/A
12 1 February 2008 137,000 N/A
13 8 February 2008 291,000 8
3
1 31 October 2011 454,000 2
2 1 November 2011 539,000 1
3 7 November 2011 524,000 1
4 8 November 2011 437,000 3
5 14 November 2011 562,000 1
6 15 November 2011 508,000 2
7 21 November 2011 557,000 2
8 22 November 2011 573,000 1
9 28 November 2011 587,000 1
10 29 November 2011 520,000 4
11 5 December 2011 497,000 1
12 6 December 2011 389,000 5
13 12 December 2011 457,000 4
4
1 29 October 2012 407,000 8
2 5 November 2012 306,000 10
3 12 November 2012 332,000 9
4 19 November 2012 334,000 N/A
5 26 November 2012 272,000 N/A
6 27 November 2012 253,000 N/A
7 3 December 2012 326,000 N/A
8 4 December 2012 341,000 N/A
9 10 December 2012 269,000 N/A
10 11 December 2012 312,000 N/A
11 17 December 2012 326,000 6
12 18 December 2012 314,000 8
13 18 December 2012 328,000 5

Awards

Release

A DVD of the first series of Young Dracula was released on 15 October 2012.

A DVD of the second and third series of Young Dracula was released in 2013.

A DVD of the Series Four released 9 October 2014

A DVD of the Series Five released 5th Nov 2014

See also

References

  1. ^ Young Dracula at Fantastic Fiction: The cover has a still from the show and the legend "The inspiration for the CBBC TV series"
  2. ^ "Waterloo Road heads to Scotland". How-Do. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "CBBC Programmes - Young Dracula, Series 3, Hide and Seek". BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Behind the scenes at Young Dracula". BBC. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  5. ^ Clare Thomas Prosser [@clarelucythomas] (20 December 2012). "So we've had some good news. Young Dracula WILL be filming again next summer for a 5th Series. Happy Christmas YD fans!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "2008 Children's Awards - Children's - Awards - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 1 November 2011.