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Series cast summary:
Philip Glenister ...  Rupert Galvin 6 episodes, 2009
Zoë Tapper ...  Mina Harker 6 episodes, 2009
Christian Cooke ...  Luke Van Helsing 6 episodes, 2009
Holliday Grainger ...  Ruby 6 episodes, 2009
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ...  Jenny Rutherford 4 episodes, 2009
Paul Vigrass Paul Vigrass ...  Van Helsing 4 episodes, 2009
Mackenzie Crook ...  Gladiolus Thrip 2 episodes, 2009
Richard Wilson ...  Father Simeon 2 episodes, 2009
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ...  Jay Van Helsing 2 episodes, 2009
Andy Wareham ...  Noisy Boy 1 2 episodes, 2009
Terry Kvasnik Terry Kvasnik ...  Noisy Boy 2 2 episodes, 2009
Terry Lamb Terry Lamb ...  Noisy Boy 3 2 episodes, 2009
Peter G. Reed Peter G. Reed ...  Zippy 2 episodes, 2009
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Luke Rutherford is your average teenager - until his dead father's best friend, Rupert Galvin turns up to reveal his secret destiny: he's the great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter. Luke is set to inherit the family mantle as a warrior against the supernatural entities that lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London.

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ITV [UK]

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UK

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English

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3 January 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Démonvadász - Az utolsó Van Helsing See more »

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Shine See more »
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(6 parts)

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Stereo

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Color
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Great Show!
16 January 2009 | by ukmysteSee all my reviews

So I'd heard the bad reviews. I knew the basic concept of the show, and I had my doubts. I couldn't imagine how the idea of Van Helsing's descendant coming into his own and demon fighting could be something that could be actually made to work. But it absolutely does, and it does so in the only way it could; by going for over-the-top cheese and not taking itself too seriously. I think the nods given to Buffy were excellent, and far better that than trying to play down the similarity of the base concept of the two shows. But that's where the similarity ends - in the base concept. This is not in any way an attempt to make a British Buffy. It's fresh, original and dazzling.

To be honest, I can't help feeling that a lot of the negative reviews are from people who somehow missed the point. Bad SFX??? What? Were you blind? No, they aren't "realistic" effects such as we are used to with shows like Buffy and Dr Who; they are, instead, of a larger-than-life comic-book style and are done brilliantly. The whole show, in fact, has this same comic book feel throughout - everything from the cinematography to Galvin's cheesy American characterisation.

If you want this show to be another Buffy, then yes you will be disappointed. If you can take it on it's own merits, then be prepared for some pure comic-book entertainment.


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