Viewers Reckon BBC Has Nailed It With New Miniseries Dracula
The first episode of new BBC miniseries Dracula aired last night as everyone was slumped on the sofa batting off their New Year's Day hangovers with a bit of telly.
The three-part series stars Danish actor Claes Bang as the titular vampire, alongside the likes of Dolly Wells, who plays Sister Agatha, John Heffernan, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Aris, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Catherine Schell, Youssef Kerkour and Clive Russell.
And it seems to have done the trick, as many of you jumped onto Twitter to say you loved the first instalment of the show, which continues on Thursday night on BBC One before concluding on Friday evening.
One person tweeted: "Whoa! #Dracula on BBC is great! So entertaining, visually awesome. A real gripping re-imagining, with some truly terrifying effects and some very Christopher Lee throwback moments! Nicely done! Can't wait to see where this goes. Also Agatha is hilarious."
Another wrote: "#Dracula was fantastic. Suspenseful, creepy, gory, funny! Beautifully designed, full of the rich delights of the Lee/Cushing Hammer films. Dracula himself brilliantly played, love Sister Agatha. Dracula has been told a million different ways, totally on board with this one, fun!"
A third said: "Just watched the first instalment of Dracula and it was very impressive to say the least. The twist, turns and the horror for that matter was bloody brilliant, the next 2 instalments are going to be epic. Bravo @BBCOne."
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Many others also shared their love for Sister Agatha, with one saying she was 'already woman of the year'.
Created and written by Steven Moffat and Gatiss, who also created BBC smash Sherlock, it is inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel and sees Count Dracula drawing his plans against Victorian London.
Upon being cast, Bang said: "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. 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."
Moffat and Gatiss added: "There have always been stories about great evil. What's special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero."
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