BBC stakes its claim to vampire series What We Do In The Shadows

The ten-part supernatural mock-doc moves from New Zealand to New York with a cast led by Matt Berry

Matt Berry

A TV series based on vampire mockumentary movie What We Do In The Shadows is set to air on the BBC.

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Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi wrote, directed and starred in the original 2014 film about the ordinary night-to-night life of vampires in New Zealand.

The ten-part TV series will move to New York and while Clement and Waititi are among the show’s executive producers, it will have a new cast including Matt Berry and Kayvan Novak as vampires, and Harvey Guillen as their human friend.

A teaser trailer for the New York-set TV series, which also stars Natasia Demetriou and Mark Proksch, was released yesterday.

The comedy is due to debut on America’s FX network in spring 2019, and is among a raft of programmes included in a deal in which the BBC has the rights to all new scripted comedy and drama series from FX.

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Other shows included in the deal are Devs, from acclaimed Annihilation writer Alex Garland, and Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking new drama Pose, which examines New York’s transgender-Ball culture of the late 1980s and the LGBTQ community during the growing HIV crisis.