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.”

Categories: Other Worlds, Television

Tags: , , ,

Discover more from

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading