It’s been revealed that Dracula will air its first episode (called The Rules of the Beast) on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1st January) at 9.00pm on BBC1.
Unusually, the subsequent episodes will air on the two days after. In other words, episode two (called Blood Vessel) will air on BBC1 at the same time on Thursday 2nd January, followed by episode three (The Dark Compass) on Friday 3rd January.
As of August 2019 the series had wrapped filming.
Well, that's a wrap on 'Dracula' after seven extraordinary months. You won't believe it – but when we were lining up the very last shot, a bat flew into the studio. Like a convention anecdote! pic.twitter.com/a6Sr7Sb3eR
“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock,” he said in a release.
“I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.”
And Bang won’t be alone, with the Dracula team confirming that actors Joanna Scanlan, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard, Lydia West, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Lujza Richter and Morfydd Clark, Paul Brennen, Sofia Oxenham, John McCrea, Phil Dunster and Millicent Wong would be joining the drama in various roles, alongside co-writer Gatiss, who previously expressed an interest in playing Dracula’s henchman Renfield.
Of the announced cast it has been confirmed that Heffernan will play the crucial role of Jonathan Harker, with Wells playing Sister Agatha (an expanded role from the book) and Scanlon the Mother Superior.
The BBC also announced that Sherlock’s Jonathan Aris, plus Sacha Dhawan (Davos from Iron Fist) Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis from Misfits), Catherine Schell (Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Doctor Who 1979 series City of Death), Youssef Kerkour (Sami from Home) and Clive Russell (Brynden Tully from Game of Thrones) will star, with the actors believed to be appearing in the three-part drama’s second episode, which recently concluded filming.
Well, Dracula of course! Moffat and Gatiss are set to bring a new take to one of the most iconic characters in fiction, the blood-sucking vampire created by Bram Stoker for his 1897 novel, and who has informed the popular culture image of vampires ever since.
And a short description of the series has now been revealed, confirming that the three-part drama won’t be modernising the Victorian tale like Moffat and Gatiss did for Sherlock.
Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy.
In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.
“We sort of made a promise to ourselves and the people who are making it, paying for it, that we’d make Dracula the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence,” Gatiss told RadioTimes.com in January 2019.
“And that’s a really clever idea, but we had to make good on it!”
“We quickly found out why he’s often kept a shadowy presence,” Moffat agreed.
“Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult. That’s been the main challenge I think. But how we’ve handled that, you’ll have to wait and see.”
Will there be a tie-in Dracula documentary?
In Search of Dracula with Mark GatissBBC/Hartswood Films/Bright Branch Media/Dracula TV LTD/Robert Viglasky
As noted above, the series is created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and produced by Hartswood Films – that’s the company run by Moffat’s wife and creative partner Sue Vertue – who also made Sherlock. The series filmed in Bray Studios, Maidenhead, which coincidentally was the location for many classic vampire movies starring Christopher Lee made by Hammer Film Productions.
Dracula will air on the BBC – who broadcast Sherlock – in the UK and Netflix internationally, with the two broadcasters cooperating in the production of the supernatural drama.