You’d have thought that Joe Dempsie would be the last member of The Fades cast to complain about the BBC3 show being axed (apparently at the expense of Being Human) earlier this year, as his character met a fairly sticky ending during the sci-fantasy series, but he’s been lamenting the show’s axing this week.
So if there had been a second series, what would we have seen?
“I’m not sure of any definite plans,” he said when chatting to Digital Spy. “But I think there was an idea that the show might have visited John at a time before he was a Fade. You might have had a chance to get to know the John that was.”
“I think it would’ve been really interesting and it would’ve been great for me as an actor to have a go at playing around with that, but I don’t know anything more specific than that. I guess we never will.”
It would have been easy for Dempsie to just forget about the series, as he is currently starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, yet it speaks volumes that he still regrets the decision to cut the drama.
“It was such a strong ensemble performance and I think Jack Thorne is someone who, if you’ve got the chance to delve into his brain at any point, then you should just grab it with both hands.
Yet Dempsie and the rest of the cast guessed that the show might not be returning before the news came through, he explains.
“By the time we found out that it wasn’t going to be recommissioned, we’d kind of guessed as much anyway, because you don’t usually wait so long to hear.”
“I thought a programme like that really was a chance for a channel like BBC Three to move away from ‘My Boob Job and Me’ [-type shows] and a lot of the stuff that you usually identify with them. I don’t know if maybe that was part of the problem – if people don’t know that good drama lurks on BBC Three, they’re not going to find out about it.”
“I think series two would’ve been really interesting, so… it’s a shame that BBC Three decided not to pick it up, but they’ve got their own budgets to handle and decisions to make – I don’t really know what happened behind-the-scenes.”