Tonight at 9 pm est on BBC America is the two hour American premier of The Fades and stay tuned for The Graham Norton Show with special guest Madonna:
The thing that jumps out at you when you watch The Fades is that it's wildly different than any ghost story you've ever seen before. The spirits of the dead are hanging around instead of "ascending," and their accumulating presence threatens to cause the end of the world. Only a few special people, such as a young man named Paul, can see these dead people, much less deal with them.
You've seen a ghost before and you've seen a vampire or a werewolf before, but you've never seen a Fade before. And they are almost ghosts, but not quite, because they're Jack [Thorne]'s version of what that means. And they're almost zombies, but they're not quite, because they're Jack's version of what that means... The battle between the living and the dead is something he's drawn up with his own philosophy of the world.
As the show goes on, you're supposed to ask what's really good and what's really evil, and you come to realize the Fades aren't just simple monsters. The show aims to take all of the ghost and zombie lore you know and "turn it on its head." And just when you think you've figured out the rules and complexities of the Fades, the show turns it around and reveals a new layer to the mythos, so that with each passing episode, things get more complex. "Viewers seemed to like the fact that the mythology deepened and changed every week."