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Cult | News | 19 October 2004


Revew: Sky brings us a British Buffy.

Let's talk about Hex, baby. Faced with a complete lack of new shows from Buffy creator Joss Whedon, satellite channel Sky One have taken it upon themselves to make their own - and rather good it is too.

Set in a remote English public school, Hex tells the tale of Cassie, a beatiful blonde who develops special powers and has a best friend who's a lesbian. She also clashes with the school's snobby girl clique and one of the Nephilim (a fallen angel). You get the idea.

On paper, this all sounds like an obvious Buffy clone which, to Sky's credit, it really isn't. It would seem that writer Julian Jones (As If, Between the Lines) ticked all the right boxes to get the series commissioned, then came up with something much darker and adult instead.

The latter could be a problem for Sky if they were looking to attact a broad audience. Hex is very much post-watershed, with frank sexual references and bare bits that might make you blush. It's an encouraging sign, however, that Sky doesn't consider that cult TV is just for kids.

Relative newcomer Christina Cole impresses as Cassie. The character doesn't display the cocksure sassiness of Buffy, so it's hard to tell if she's destined to become quite so iconic, however.

She's also a snappy dresser, unlike her girlie pals, who seem to have raided the darkest corners of Kelly Osborne's dressing up box for their ghastly outfits. Lets hope the look never catches on.

Episode one took its time to build atmosphere, in a very British manner, but certainly delivered enjoyable thrills as it progressed. An unexpectedly shocking final act bodes well for future episodes - we can't wait to see more.

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