Filming on CBBC's new drama series Wizards Vs Aliens
has started at the BBC's Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and around the area.
Created by Russell T Davies
and Phil Ford
, it stars Scott Haran
as Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott
as Benny Sherwood, pictured right
, who join forces to fight the alien Nekross race.
The series of 12 half-hour episodes, which combine magic and sci-fi, will air on CBBC in the autumn and will also feature Annette Badland
, Michael Higgs
, Jefferson Hall
, and Gwendoline Christie
. Don Gilet
and Nina Sosanya
make guest appearances as Benny's parents.
Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his dad, Michael, and grandmother, Ursula, in an ordinary house in an ordinary street - but there's something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret - his family are wizards! When the alien Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic there's big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.
With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them - but will these two unlikely heroes succeed or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth, with disastrous results for the whole planet?
The show underwent a change of name
before filming. During an interview on 20th March
by BBC Radio Wales's Roy Noble, Davies said somewhat disparagingly:
It was called Aliens Vs Wizards until a lawyer stepped in, but there we go. By Easter it will probably be called Chickens Vs Rabbits or something.
It fills a gap in children's TV left by the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures
and is produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises. The executive producers are Russell T Davies
, Bethan Jones
, and Gina Cronk
for the BBC, and Bob Higgins
and Sander Schwartz
for FremantleMedia Enterprises. The producer is Brian Minchin
and co-producer Phil Ford