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Wolf Blood (2012-2017)

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Wolf Blood
Other Title: วูฟบัด , เลือดหมาป่า

Genres: Drama,
Episodes:
Season 1-5 (61 ep)
Country:
British-German drama series
Director:
Writer:
Network:
co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE
Release Date:
10 September 2012 – May 1, 2017
Related Show:
Wolfblood Book Collection

Cast:

  • Aimee Kelly (series 1–2) as Madeline “Maddy” Smith
  • Bobby Lockwood (series 1–3) as Rhydian Morris
  • Kedar Williams-Stirling (series 1–3) as Tom Okanawe
  • Louisa Connolly-Burnham (series 1–3) as Shannon Kelly
  • Leona Vaughan (recurring: series 2, main: series 3–5) as Jana
  • Louis Payne (series 4–5) as Terrence “TJ” Cipriani
  • Gabrielle Green (recurring: series 1–3, main: series 4–5) as Katrina McKenzie
  • Jack Brett Anderson (series 4–5) as Matei Covaci
  • Sydney Wade (series 4–5) as Emilia Covaci
  • Michelle Gayle (series 4–5) as Imara Cipriani
  • Rukku Nahar (series 4–5) as Selina Khan

Synopsis:
Series 1 deals with Maddy Smith and Rhydian Morris trying to balance their lives as wolfbloods with their human sides, while trying to keep their secret from being exposed. The start of the show sees Maddy, who lives with her wolfblood family in Stoneybridge, Northumbria, coming ever closer to her first transformation. When new boy Rhydian arrives at Bradlington High School, Maddy recognises him as being a wolfblood too. Rhydian, who lives with his foster family, has only recently started changing into a wolf, having been unaware of wolfbloods prior to his move to Stoneybridge. The Smith family claim him as a distant cousin, and help him settle in and learn about the wolfblood way of life. Rhydian becomes friends with Maddy’s best friends Tom and Shannon, who are unaware of Maddy’s and Rhydian’s secret. As the series ends Tom and Shannon finally learn the truth.

A webisode titled The Scape Goat takes place between the first and second series. Jana, daughter of wild wolfblood pack leader Alric, persuades Rhydian to take her to a town so that she can experience the human world. Upon their return to the forest they are discovered and Alric, already disgusted by Rhydian’s failure on his first hunt, sentences him to be tied to a rock without food or water for a fortnight. Sensing that Alric is bent upon Rhydian’s destruction come what may, Rhydian’s biological mother, Ceri, secretly helps him to escape.

Series 2 is set three months after the series 1 finale. Jana arrives in Stoneybridge, claiming to have been exiled from the wild wolfblood pack. Despite occasional conflicts with Maddy, she befriends Maddy, Rhydian, Tom and Shannon and falls in love with the human world. Eventually she leaves to become the new wild wolfblood pack leader, her father having been exiled. It is discovered that Shannon is spying on the Smiths and collecting information on werewolves. When Maddy is almost killed as a result, she decides to destroy all of the data she has gathered. Liam, a boy at their school, then also begins investigating werewolves. Suspicious of the Smith family, he steals a dog chew from which Dr. Whitewood is able to extract and analyse a sample of the DNA of Maddy’s father. With the results proving that the Smiths are not human they are forced to leave the country and, with the help of a contact, go to Canada. At the series’ conclusion Maddy says goodbye to her friends and confesses her love for Rhydian.

Between series 2 and series 3 seven webisodes known as Jana Bites take place. They tell the story of Jana’s adventures as pack leader of the wild wolfbloods, and end with her being shot and injured while trying to lead hunters away from the pack. This leads to her reappearance in series 3.

Series 3 is set two months after Maddy and her family leave Stoneybridge. Rhydian is heartbroken after Maddy’s departure. Jana returns from the wild wolfblood pack in dire need of help, bringing with her new allies. Together with his friends, Tom, Shannon and Jana, Rhydian attempts to focus on life beyond school and Stoneybridge. Rhydian meets a new wolfblood named Dacia from a bio-tech company called Segolia, which assists wolfbloods and helped the Smiths to leave the country. She tells him that Maddy and her parents are safe in Canada, and offers him a job with the company which is secretly run by wolfbloods and their human allies. It transpires that Segolia is researching the medical uses of wolfblood DNA. They are particularly interested in Jana and her wild pack because they have special abilities, verging on telepathy or magic, that are lost to other wolfbloods. Dr. Whitewood reappears, still desperate to find evidence of wolfbloods, but Dacia prevents her from revealing the wolfblood secret by bribing her with the offer of a job at Segolia. As the series accelerates towards a climax, Rhydian must unite the wild wolfblood pack or their species will face extinction. The series ends with Rhydian reuniting with Maddy (both in wolf form) in the snow in Canada.

Set between series 3 and 4 is an animated motion comic on the CBBC website known as New Moon Rising. Victoria Sweeney, the head of Segolia’s security, sends Jana to investigate an elderly wolfblood and his nurse, while Shannon and Tom visit Rhydian and Maddy in Canada.[6] This comic makes a “happy ending” for Rhydian, Maddy, her family and friends, as the characters all left the show.

Series 4 is set in a big city that Jana moves to after leaving Stoneybridge, where she joins her former classmate Katrina (who now runs her uncle’s “Kafe” café) and Mr Jeffries (her ex-head teacher turned author of “Bloodwolf” young adult novels). The city is unnamed, but the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle appears in some scenes and also the new animated opening credits.

Jana meets three new wolfblood families – brother and sister Matei and Emilia from Eastern Europe, TJ and his mother Imara who are Afro-Caribbean, and Selina and her parents who are Muslims. They become the catalyst for the formation of a new pack. With the wolfblood secret looking increasingly fragile, the pressures on Jana grow, forcing her to question where she truly belongs and who she can trust. This leads to a cataclysmic decision that will change all of their lives forever. Set between series 4 and 5 is an animated motion comic on the CBBC website known as Hunter’s Moon.

Also between series 4 and 5 ten mini-episodes known as Wolfblood Secrets take place. It consisted of scenes set in an office run by an unnamed organisation where members of the series 4 cast were interviewed by 2 mysterious characters – Mr. Smith, and his superior, Ms. Jones – who want to know all they can about Wolfbloods. This was intercut with clips from Wolfblood episodes to illustrate what they are talking about. Jones returns as a character in series 5.

Series 5 begins with the secret no longer a secret, and the world has changed for Jana, Matei, Selina, TJ, and Imara. Suddenly they’re the most visible wolfbloods on the planet, and everyone has an opinion about what they did. Some humans are excited by the reveal of this new species – and some are hostile and scared. As tensions rise on both sides, difficult choices lie ahead. 

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