Ripper still Go?

Anthony Stewart Head
Anthony Stewart Head

Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles on UPN’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told SCI FI Wire that plans are still in the works for a British spinoff series based on his character, despite reports that the show was on hold.

“I had lunch with Jane Root, who’s head of BBC 2, shortly before I came out [to Los Angeles], and we talked briefly about it,” Head said in an interview. “Jane still wants to do it. And still thinks we will do it. But everybody knows, basically, that [Buffy creator] Joss [Whedon] is absolutely strapped at the moment. I mean, bless his heart.”

Head says the proposed BBC 2 series will be called either Ripper or The Watcher and will explore Giles’ background and darker side. “That’s why [Whedon] wants to call it Ripper. Because Ripper is the darker side of Rupert.

“But in Joss’ words, it’s more about … inner demons than … the guys with prosthetics on their heads. It’s about people coming to terms with their past and with themselves. His concept … I’ve said it before, but it kind of puts it neatly in the box, which is … it’s Cracker, with ghosts.”

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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