Guillermo del Toro’s vampire series The Strain coming to UKTV’s Watch

The US series is adapted from the novels by the Pan’s Labyrinth director about New Yorkers battling a lethal virus linked to ancient vampires

UKTV’s subscription channel Watch is to bring Guillermo del Toro’s modern-day vampire series The Strain to British audiences this autumn.


Based on novels by Pan’s Labyrinth director del Toro and author Chuck Hogan, The Strain pits a team of disease control experts and a group of “everyday New Yorkers” against a fast-spreading virus with hallmarks of an ancient strain of vampirism.

House of Cards star Corey Stoll plays Dr Ephraim Goodweather, head of the team, while British actor David Bradley – last seen as Doctor Who’s William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time – is among the ensemble cast as a holocaust survivor who could hold the key to the outbreak.

Del Toro and Hogan co-wrote the feature-length pilot episode, which is directed by del Toro. The pair will serve as executive producers on the show, with former Lost producer Carlton Cuse as showrunner and head writer for the rest of the 13-part series.

“The Strain feels totally fresh in the horror/fantasy genre,” said Catherine Mackin, UKTV’s Director of Acquisitions. “Forget everything you’ve seen about vampires, as this series will turn it on its head and leave you spinning. It has a rich heritage of writing talent combined with stunning visuals and outstanding acting and we can’t wait to bring this exciting and epic series to Watch.”

Steve North, General Manager for Watch, added “The opportunity to premiere the work of Guillermo del Toro in the UK was too good to miss. It is one of the most anticipated shows of the year and I’m delighted we can bring it to Watch viewers.”


The Strain begins in the US on Fox in just a few days time, on 13 July.