Ages ago I told you about a sci-fi drama that was being exclusively shown on its own website. The show, Sanctuary, featured popular Stargate SG1 star Amanda Tapping as Dr Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old physician who studies monster (nice work if you can get it). Nothing too remarkable about that premise, but Sanctuary does boast some impressive firsts – it was the world’s first high-definition web-only series, and it was also the first TV series to use live-action actors shot almost entirely on green-screen sets. With such pedigree in front and behind the camera, it’s no surprise to hear that it has been snapped up by a conventional TV channel.
The channel in question is ITV4. Which is weird, because I thought ITV4… actually I have no idea what ITV4 is for. I know ITV2 is a younger, hipper version of ITV1, and I know that ITV3 is for repeats and dramas targeting an older demographic. But ITV4? Haven’t got a clue. In fact, I’m surprised the network hasn’t plonked this alongside Supernatural.
Anyway, back to the plot. Dr Magnus is on a mission to finish her father’s work and unlock secrets behind human evolution using science, medicine and her knowledge of the supernatural. She became tangled up in stormy relationship with a time-travelling murderer (men, eh?) and now has a daughter, who helps her in her investigations. Because of the time-travelling nature, it has an agreeably gothic/Victorian edge to it.
For fans of Stargate, and Tapping in particular (there are many), this will be one to watch out for.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip