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alert-–-interview-with-the-vampire-bbc-series-hailed-‘gloriously-good’-by-viewers-who-say-‘the-tv-adaptation-surpasses-the-brilliant-movie’Alert – Interview With The Vampire BBC series hailed ‘gloriously good’ by viewers who say ‘the TV adaptation surpasses the brilliant movie’

The BBC adaptation of the gothic cult classic Interview With The Vampire has earned a plethora of fans following its release earlier this month. 

The first episode of the adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1967 horror novel initially launched on October 12 on BBC One, but consequent episodes have since been shown on BBC Two, with episodes 4 and 5 airing consecutively on Thursday night.  

Other fans have been watching the series on BBC iPlayer, where viewers can access all seven episodes of the first season.  

Directed by Neil Jordan, Interview with the Vampire premiered on the big screen as a film in November 1994, quickly cementing itself as a smash box office success. 

Hollywood heartthrobs Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred as vampires Lestat and Louis, while a young Kirsten Dunst was cast as Claudia, a dying 10-year-old girl who gets turned into a vampire by the pair. 

Smash hit: The BBC series adaptation of Interview With The Vampire has earned a plethora of fans following its release this month (pictured: Bailey Bass, Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid)

The big screen: Hollywood heartthrobs Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred as vampires Lestat and Louis in the 1994 blockbuster film adaptation (Pictured: in 1994)

The narrative is framed by a present-day interview, in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter, of how Louis’ transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1971 lead to grisly, life-changing adventures and experiences. 

Fans of the macabre and gothic folklore, as well as devotees of Anne Rice, took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their thoughts on the adaptation, with many expressing surprise at how ‘good’ the BBC version has turned out.

One fan tweeted, ‘I didn’t know they made a series for Interview with the Vampire. It’s so good!’ while another wrote, ‘BBC series that has been on for the last few weeks – “interview with the vampire.” Highly recommended.’ 

A bemused viewer who took note of the content advisory before Thursday’s episode was aired, said: ‘”And it wouldn’t be Interview with the Vampire without scenes of a sexual nature” BBC Two lady you make me laugh.’

One Anne Rice fan wrote: ‘Just finished watching “Interview with the Vampire” on BBC iPlayer. As a big fan of the novel series (I have a copy personally signed by Anne Rice) I really enjoyed it.’ 

Another superfan of the original film said: ‘I never thought I’d say it but the TV adaptation of ‘Interview with the Vampire’ surpasses the brilliant movie. These two capture the spirit of Louis and Lestat perfectly.’

They added: ‘Finally, the gloriously queer adaptation fans deserve.’ 

New adaptation: The latest British TV remake stars Jacob Anderson (Pictured: left) as Louis de Point du Lac, and Sam Reid (right) plays Lestat de Lioncourt

Small but deadly: A young Kirsten Dunst was cast as Claudia in the 1994 film, a dying 10-year-old girl who gets turned into a vampire by the pair (Pictured: in 1994)

Claudia reimagined: Bailey Bass (Avatar: The Way Of Water) plays Claudia in the BBC remake, a rebellious teenager turned into a dangerous and fearful vampire by Louis and Lestat 

Pleasantly surprised: Fans of the macabre and gothic folklore, as well as devotees of Anne Rice, took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their thoughts on the BBC adaptation

The BBC’s adaptation of the show comes after a version by AMC aired in the US in 2022, proving to be a popular hit with viewers.

AMC released a first look at season two of the bloodthirsty drama on October 12 – the same day that the BBC released its first episode – which is set to air across the pond in 2024. 

The latest British TV remake stars Jacob Anderson (Game Of Thrones, The Mimic) as Louis de Point du Lac, a former citizen of New Orleans who has been undead since 1910, and has chosen to settle. 

In the BBC version, the character differs from the original Louis as he – alongside the adapted character Claudia – is of Black Creole descent. 

Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Uncut Gems) assumes the role of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Molloy, who goes to meet Anderson’s character after receiving a summons from him by mail.

Sam Reid (Belle, ’71) is Lestat de Lioncourt, a thoughtful yet French vampire who becomes obsessed with Molloy.

Bailey Bass (Avatar: The Way Of Water) plays Claudia, a rebellious teenager turned into a dangerous and fearful vampire by Louis and Lestat. 

The final two episodes of Interview with the Vampire will air on Thursday 2 November at 9PM and 9:45PM on BBC Two. The full series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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