Saturday, 7 February 2009, 7:50PM on ITV1
Mackenzie Crook had a little help in coming up with the terrifying screech associated with his cruel character in Demons. His five-year-old son helped him while playing in the woods.
“We were running around pretending to be dinosaurs and just came up with the noise,” he explains. “He might only be five but Jude isn’t freaked out by anything strange. He came on set to Pirates of the Caribbean when he was four weeks old and has grown up watching me getting into costume and having lunch with all the pirates. He understands it is all make believe.”
Describing his character, twisted vampire Gladiolus Thrip, Mackenzie says: “Thrip is out to get Luke and wants to destroy Mr Galvin along the way. He is a mischief maker who loves stirring things up between them. He is a flamboyant character who enjoys making trouble but he is on a very short fuse.
“He really looks after his appearance, wearing extravagant Teddy boy clothes and arranging his hair in a strange quiff – even though as a vampire he has no reflection so he how he manages I don’t know. And he has this weird scrimshaw nose stuck on, although you never discover what happened to his real nose – you just see the scarring.”
“In a strange way Thrip is full of life even though he only has half a one. There are elements of comedy in the way I play him but he does have to be scary. It doesn’t take much for him to completely lose it and you see the vicious side of him come out. He can kill people with his fingernail – it’s spiteful, horrible stuff and there is nothing honourable about him”
In the final episode, after a run in with a pyromancer, Luke (Christian Cooke) starts to have terrible dreams – dreams which lead him back to his father’s death and Galvin’s (Philip Glenister) part in it. Confused and desperate for answers, Luke begins to wonder who he can trust and turns to psychic, Karen (Pauline McLynn), for help. When she appears to have a message for Luke from his father and is able to access intimate details about his life, Luke becomes more and more convinced Galvin is not the man he seems.
But with Thrip (Mackenzie Crook) back on the scene paying an unhealthy amount of attention to Luke’s past himself, Galvin realises the evil half-life is trying to rip the duo apart.
When the truth is uncovered it proves more painful than Luke could have ever imagined. His mentor and guide, Galvin did indeed leave his father to die – but not even Thrip could have reasoned why.
The pair are reunited, but Luke’s desire to find out more about his past has raised more questions and concerns than it answered. Luke is more confused than ever about who he really is.