Misfits – The New Face Of TV Superheroes

I've been hearing about this new TV series for a while, but it's now breaking through. Misfits is a new superhero comedy drama by Howard Overman, made by Clerkenwell Films and will be broadcast on E4 in the UK, with BBC Worldwide getting its mitts on it for overseas sales by the end of the year.

Although I have to say it feels like one of those many shows that was pitched as "It's X meets Skins" – Skins being the terribly successful British teenage comedy drama sex/drugs/trance and dance series that has seemed to infected so much. So is this "superheroes Meets Skins?" You tell me…

They were five unruly teenagers forced to do community service as payback for their crimes.

But when a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to them that are beyond their control.

In fact they have no idea that they've actually turned into superheroes, each with a power which reflects their deepest, darkest insecurities…

But if you think life's tough for your average superhero, it's even tougher when you've got a curfew…

Subverting the superhero genre, Misfits is a bold, knowing take on how hard it is to be a hero in the modern, cynical world, with a cast of fresh and upcoming acting talent that will appeal to the Facebook generation.


The cast haven't exactly bothered IMDB much with a Casualty appearance and a couple of tiny roles in dramas, apart from Robert Sheehan who had a decent role in Rock Rivals (it's talent shows meets Skins!), the recent Red Riding series and ongoing roles in Young Blades (it's the Musketeers meets Skins!) and Foreign Exchange.

What has Howard Overman written for previously? Erm, well, Merlin and Demons. But that doesn't mean it will necessarily be awful… come on, we're an optimistic lot!

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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