The Fades is an award winning British supernatural drama television series created and written by Jack Thorne. The six episodes were first broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD beginning 21 September 2011 and on BBC America from 14 January 2012.
The programme centres on an English teenager named Paul who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams. He is able to see spirits of the dead, known as the Fades, all around him. The Fades cannot be seen, smelt, heard or touched by other humans – they are what is left of humans who have died but have not been accepted into the afterlife. As such, the Fades left on Earth have become embittered and vengeful toward the human race. It is shown in the first episode that the Fades have found a way to become partly human again and regain control of touch within the real world. However, they remain unseen in the world except to those special few like Paul – ‘Angelics’ – who have the ability to perceive the Fades. Paul finds himself pulled into a conflict between the Angelics and the Fades, trying to prevent the Fades from breaking back into the world and destroying the human race.
While it has a vast cult following, BBC Three cancelled the series and didn’t commissioned for another season unlike the other series, Being Human. Ironically, The Fades won the BAFTA award for best drama series in 2012 despite its cancellation.
After announcements of budget cuts to BBC Three’s drama output, it didn’t look as though there’d be enough money for both British genre shows to continue on the channel, and now it seems the newcomer has been dropped in favour of the established series.