The legacy of cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer
is being examined today by the BBC Radio 4 arts strand Front Row
- ten years after the supernatural drama finished in the UK.
The American-made show, which spanned 144 episodes over seven series, aired on BBC2 between 30th December 1998 and 18th December 2003
, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
as the eponymous heroine, with Anthony Head
as her Watcher, Rupert Giles, and aided by her "Scooby Gang" of friends. It won three Emmys, spawned the spin-off TV series Angel
, and proved to be hugely influential on TV plotting and scripting.
Author and novelist Naomi Alderman
has made the radio special to examine its impact and, as she puts it
, "why there are so few 'daughters of Buffy': strong and complex fictional creations, who aren't simply the sole female lead in a predominantly male cast."
Interviewed for the half-hour programme, which goes out at 7.15pm
, are the show's creator Joss Whedon
, along with Anthony Head
, writers Neil Gaiman
and Rhianna Pratchett
, TV executives Jane Root
and Susanne Daniels
, and fans Blake Harrison
and Bim Adewunmi
The show will be available to listen to live worldwide via the BBC Radio 4 site
and afterwards via the specific programme site