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.”