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Demons: Series 1

Released on 06 April 2009

Featuring: Holly Grainger, Philip Glenister & Zoe Tapper

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Episode 1: Luke Rutherford is your average teenager - until his dead father's best friend, Rupert Galvin, turns up. Galvin has come to tell Luke his secret destiny: he's the real-life great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Luke is set to inherit the family mantle as a warrior against the supernatural entities swarming the earth.

Unfortunately, powerful Half-Life, Gladiolus Thrip (Mackenzie Crook) is standing in his way.

Episode 2: In the second episode, six-year-old Madge might think her sister has been `taken up to heaven by an angel... but Galvin suspects otherwise. Everything points to half-life involvement and he thinks it's the perfect project for Luke.

A visit to zombie priest, Father Simeon (guest star Richard Wilson) confirms Galvin's suspicions. Gilgamel is no angel - he's a demon, a travesty demon, a Type 9 entity attracted by the odour of sanctity. Can Luke rise to the challenge?

Episode 3: Galvin lets his emotions get the better of him when his wife's murderer, Mr Tibbs, arrives in town. Hell-bent on revenge and with no regard for his own safety, Galvin arms himself to the teeth and embarks on what amounts to little more than a suicide mission.

The problem is, his thirst for vengeance leads him straight into rat-man's trap, putting more than his own life at risk.

Episode 4: When a bad boy vampire arrives on the scene and Mina starts behaving strangely, Galvin gets suspicious. Mina confesses that Quincey is back. He has come for her - he wants her to give in to her half-blood heritage. Galvin reassures her that he, of all people, understands - but they both know that sentiment has no place in the smiting game. One thing's for sure - a battle of epic proportions is in the offing...

Episode 5: With news of a strange murder in the capital in episode five, Mina and Galvin investigate. Mina's abilities give her terrifying visions and she begins to fear for Luke's safety.

Then Ruby discovers that the entity chasing Luke can take the form of a woman in order to stalk her prey and alarm bells start to ring. Could Luke's new girlfriend Alice really be more Half-Life than human?

Episode 6: In the final episode of the series, after a run-in with a pyromancer, Luke is haunted by dreams about the car crash that killed his father and Galvin's connection to it.

Psychic Karen convinces him his godfather is not the man he seems and, with Gladiolus Thrip back on the scene and showing an unhealthy interest in Luke's past, the vampire-fighting duo look set to be torn apart.

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 FIVE stars for this rubbish?????

| | See all GrimlyFiendish's reviews (1)

Demons is the WORST show that it has been my misfortune to see for a very long time, well apart from the utterly ridiculous and equally terrible "Bonekickers" that is... The basic premise is similar to Buffy and Supernatural, but it has not a single one of the elements that make either of these shows compelling,, It's characters are one-dimensional, the acting is pretty awful and hammy (just WHAT kind of accent is Philip Glenister trying to put on....?), the two young leads are wooden... Only Zoe Tapper as Mina Harker puts on anything like a decent showing. Plots range from second rate Buffy cast offs to blatant rip offs of every decent horror film ever made....

Yes, Buffy and Supernatural have also blatantly ripped off other sources, but those shows do so with a guile, intelligence and wit totally absent from Demons.. God, please spare us from Brit shows that try to ape the Americans... Law and Order UK is another one, and that even has the nerve to recycle old plots from the original American series....

British popular drama - Survivors, Merlin and one or two others aside - is in an absolutely terrible state, and shows like this are sure as hell not going to improve matters anytime soon. Compared to shows such as Supernatural, Lost, The Wire, Heroes, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator and Mad Men, we are seriously and I mean SERIOUSLY lagging behind the US in almost every department...

The recent Martin Shaw BBC series "Apparitions" (as with ITV's own excellent Afterlife series from a few years back) showed that an occult-based thriller series could be done extremely well by British TV, unfortunately Apparitions received very little hype or media attention, that was wasted on a dreadful pile of rubbish like "Demons" which haemmorrhaged viewers almost from the get go.. Needless to say, like Bonekickers, it will NOT return.....

At least we have that to be thankful for....

 Pure entertainment!

| | See all Smile371's reviews (25)

Demons is Itv's latest saturday night drama offering, when Luke finds out he is the last Van Halsing, his life changes forever! Having to fight of a number of creatures along side his "friend" and newly aquainted Godfather.

The acting from the cast is surprisingly good (Phillip Glenisters accent aside!) And there is alot of on screen chemistry which makes the characters believable and likeable. At times the plot can seem a little contrived and childish, but this doesn't stop the show from being total entertainment.

If you are expecting a deep, gritty drama then demons is not for you; However, if you want a 6 part, easy watch drama which is (mostly) suited for the family then demons is a deffinate purchase!


| | See all xlynnx217x's reviews (2)

This is an awsome series................forget about Buffy or any of them. this is great. defiiantly a watch.

 Why can't we have a zero star rating!!!!?

| | See all obsidian's reviews (13)

Demons, quite possibly has to be the worst televisual event of 2009!! From the acting to the scripts, everything is wooden. I read someone on here claim that this excuse of a TV show is better than Dr Who, what planet are they on???? Demons is hardly worth the timeslot of a weekday afternoon childrens TV Show let alone Saturday night prime time viewing!! Primeval is bad enough but at least thats watchable rubbish. I gave up on demons after episode 3, it's that bad!!! If you want something truly amazing and British to watch then go for the BBC's Being Human. The offering of a vampire, werewolf and ghost sharing a flat in Bristol is worth your £12.99 unlike this rubbish from ITV. AVOID DEMONS AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!!

 Walk away now.

| | See all dogbombs's reviews (3)

If you've come here from "Other DVDs starring Phillip Glennister" then hit the 'back' button now. Seriously! Still reading? OK, well. For one, his accent is appalling. You see Gene Hunt but you *hear* some fake pseudo-American voice. Not good.

ITV have produced some real turkeys in their time - and to be fair they've also produced some decent supernatural thrillers - but this one definitely falls into the "Turkey" category. The FX would've looked shoddy ten years ago. The cast is wasted. The plots have been scraped off the Buffy/Angel cutting room floor, discarded for being just plain rubbish!

I have a soft spot for supernatural drama, especially when there's nothing else on on a Saturday night. But I didn't make it more than half-way through this series. And I fervently hope that there isn't a series 2 (though with Primeval 3 airing at the moment, anything's possible).

Phillip Glennister: Life on Mars was fantastic. Ashes to Ashes was a mistake. This is Criminal. His work on the CBeebies Bedtime Stories is better!

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ActorsHolly Grainger, Philip Glenister, Zoe Tapper, Christian Cooke, Saskia Wickham, Andy Wareham, Terry Kvasnik, Terry Lamb, Mackenzie Crook, Richard Wilson, Peter G. Reed & Thomas Arnold
Certificate12 years and over
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.