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BBC America. I know, it’s not for everybody but it’s not elitist either. I mean, with “Primeval,” “Bedlam,” “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock,” “Being Human” and others — it’s more sci-fi than Syfy. However, you may want to leave the closed-captions turned on in case you have trouble understanding English English.
A healthy crowd turned out for the U.S. premiere screening of BBC America’s new scarefest Bedlam. The premise is simple: a bunch of twentysomething hotties take up residence in an apartment building that once served as an insane asylum. Downton Abbey star Theo James, he of the cut physique and voluptuous lips, plays Jed, a troubled man who himself has been released from a mental hospital. His ailment? He not only sees ghosts, but he sees how they died.
“The angrier the ghost is, the darker their past, the more horrible the way they’ve passed away, the more powerful they are,” explained James, speaking before the crowd that filled Room 7AB at Comic-Con.
In the very first scene of the show, his character Jed hitchhikes with a man who is quickly revealed to have been killed in a tragic hit-and-run crash. And immediately we recognize that Jed, in addition to his gifts, isn’t quite all there. “As the series develops you find out more and more about him, that he’s had a checkered past,” James says. “He was diagnosed with paranoid-schizophrenic, he was ostracized, he has no mates.” He shares a deep connection with Kate (Charlotte Salt), Bedlam’s beautiful and tortured landlady.
James’s taut torso makes several appearances throughout the show – draped in a blanket, submerged in a bathtub, wrapped in a barely-there towel. “I remember doing that bathroom scene, and I asked the director. ‘He’s in an apartment with people he doesn’t know. Would he really just waltz out with his shirt off.’ He said, “No he wouldn’t.”
Creator David Allison started out making comedies, so doing a real white-knuckle thriller is a change of pace for him. “A lot of the supernatural on TV isn’t that scary,” he said. “The biggest compliment that people give this show is that they don’t like to watch it on their own.”
Allison singled the popular BBC America series Being Human for making his new supernatural thriller possible. “I can’t praise that show enough,” he told the crowd that filled Room 7AB at Comic-Con. “It’s a fantastic show. If people see that these kinds of series work, it opens doors. It’s led to a resurgence of supernatural and sci-fi in Britain.”
Bedlam premieres on BBC America on Saturday, October 8, beginning a six-episode run. “It is an honor to be on Supernatural Saturday in the hallowed Doctor Who slot,” Allison said, adding, “I know six episodes in America seems short, but that’s how we roll in the UK.”
This year’s Comic-Con schedule continues to take shape. TV Guide Magazine has just announced two panels showcasing a few faces familiar to BBC America fans.
Want a glimpse of Matt Smith but can’t wait for the Doctor Who panel on Sunday, July 24? On Thursday, July 21 at 4:15 pm, the star will participate in TVG’s “Fan Favorites” panel, alongside names like The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, Chuck‘sZachary Levi, The Vampire Diaries‘s Julie Plec, and True Blood star Joe Manganiello. (Who will get the most rousing applause? I know where I’d place my bets…)
And on Saturday, July 23 at 2:30 pm, TV Guide will present their “Super Supernaturals” panel featuring Theo James, star of BBC America’s upcoming Bedlam, in a lineup that includesTorchwood‘s John Barrowman and Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey. (Any panel that includes Mr. Barrowman will be lively, to put it mildly.)
Here are the complete lineups and room info:
Thursday, July 21
4:15-5:15 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites – TV Guide is back with an all-star panel for the fans! Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites features your favorite talent from your favorite shows — in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Panelists include Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia(Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood),Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and others. Ballroom 20
Saturday, July 23
2:30-3:30 TV Guide Magazine Presents: Super Supernaturals— Moderated by TV Guide senior editor William Keck, this panel features the most super supernaturals, super witches, and super werewolves from new series and returning favorites. Panelists include John Barrowman (Torchwood), Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Thomas Dekker (The Secret Circle), David Greenwalt(Grimm), Theo James (Bedlam), Jim Kouf (Grimm), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Phoebe Tonkin (The Secret Circle), and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf). Room 5AB
So Comic-Con goers, will you be in attendance at either of these panels?