New children's fantasy action drama series Wolfblood
is set to start on CBBC next month.
It tells the story of two seemingly ordinary teenagers who are secretly part of a mysterious race - wolfbloods - who have lived among humans for centuries, disguising their abilities and blending in.
Maddy Smith (Aimee Kelly) is keeping a secret - one so important she can't even tell her best friends Shannon (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) and Tom (Kedar Williams-Stirling) as it could put her whole family in danger.
Maddy is faster and stronger than she appears, she can hear ultrasound, see in the dark, and track a scent from a mile away. It does have its benefits, as the school bullies can't hide their mean tricks from her, but it also has its problems, for example when she has to wear wellies to school because her mum ate her plimsolls.
Living the life of an ordinary teenager is difficult anyway, and having to lock your parents in the cellar when they change on the full moon certainly doesn't help, but she's managing fine until the mysterious Rhydian Morris (Bobby Lockwood) turns up.
Rhydian is a foster kid – the dangerous new boy in class who also hides a secret: he too is a wolfblood. Growing up in care means he knows nothing of other wolfbloods or how to deal with the changes he undergoes. He offers Maddy excitement and adventure, using his powers rather than hiding them. Maddy immediately knows he's a wolfblood, but if he's not careful, soon will everyone else.
Wolfblood follows the tense relationship of Maddy and Rhydian, pictured, as they make their way through the trials and tribulations of high school, rivalries, friendship, and heartbreak – all the normal pains of growing up, just with added wolf powers and the constant danger of discovery. They have to try to cope with Shannon's obsessive belief that there is a "Beast on the Moors", while coming to terms with their amazing abilities and struggling to control them.
The series is produced by Foz Allan
and executive-produced by Gina Cronk
. The directors are Will Sinclair
and Declan O'Dwyer
. The music is composed by Andy Price
with a title song sung by Lisa Knapp
. The series has been designed by Cat Meredith
, with visual effects by Munich-based Trixter
, and has been shot entirely on location in the north-east of England.
Earlier this year, Cronk said:
We were looking for a rural location to film the series. The Charles Thorp comprehensive school, Hookergate Campus at Rowlands Gill is perfect. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and near the extraordinary village of Blanchlands. We knew it would work brilliantly on screen. We've filmed in the north-east many times, including most recently for the Tracy Beaker Returns series, and it's great to be back.
CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh
, who commissioned the programme, said:
We’re always looking for programmes which bring something new to the channel for our audience to enjoy, and Wolfblood is a really exciting concept and one I believe will capture the imagination of our viewers. CBBC has always had a strong record of producing acclaimed children's dramas and with such a strong team working on this show I can't wait to see the end result.
The show was created by Debbie Moon
and is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE.
The first two episodes of the 13-part series are currently unplaced in the schedules for the week beginning Saturday 8th September