British Actors You Should Know: Robert Sheehan

Sometimes when you watch a young actor on screen you just know they’re something special. They have charisma, a presence, something that makes them shine beyond their cast mates.

Irish actor Robert Sheehan is just shy of his twenty-sixth birthday and he’s already made a pretty big name for himself - and not just because he’s got the loveliest green eyes and tousled dark hair. He’s got acting chops aplenty. Let’s look at some of Sheehan’s performances over his already decade long career to see why he’s on so many up-and-coming lists.

Get in the Halloween Spirit: A Suggested Playlist for a Creepy British Telly Marathon

Once upon a time Doctor Who was the standard bearer for British telly that made viewers want to hide behind the sofa. In recent years though, tales of vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings have risen in popularity and by the look of UK television schedules, British networks have obviously picked up on the trend.

Always at a disadvantage over American horror series with much bigger budgets, the Brits have been able to figure out a way to be scary with more suggestion and less CGI. They also have a tendency to employ strategically placed humor to counter the tension and violence; thus making it more palatable to slightly sensitive audience members like me, for instance.

Seeing as Halloween is fast approaching, I’ve compiled a list of eerie series perfect for putting you into a spooky mood. So turn off the lights and settle in for a creepy telly marathon.

Watch: Extended Trailer for the Fifth and Final Series of 'Misfits'

The fifth and final series of teen superhero drama Misfits is set to premiere on E4 beginning October 23 in the UK. It was previously announced in the Spring that this would in fact be the show’s last season, and so everyone’s curious as to how our favorite foul-mouthed, super-powered teens bow out.

The show, which chronicles the adventures of a group of teenagers forced to do community service who also happen to develop extraordinary abilities in the wake of a freak lightning storm, has been something of a cult hit for the network, even though the show underwent a few growing pains during its fourth season last year, after introducing an almost entirely new cast.

The final season looks to be more coherent – and, thankfully, the powers that be behind the scenes were aware that this was the end for the show, and have had time to really wrap things up for its characters. Series 5 kicks off just one year – yes, really, apparently one year in Misfits time equals like five in the real world – after the storm arrived that gave original Orange Jumpsuit Gang of Nathan, Kelly, Alisha, Curtis and Simon their special powers.

The final eight-episode run will feature returning characters Abbey, Finn, Jess and Rudy, but questions still remain. Perhaps, now that the show’s ending, it’s finally time to answer them. Will we finally get an explanation for the storm? Will its effects ever wear off?

Get a look at the extended trailer for the final series – complete with violence and swearing, so consider yourselves warned – below.

Superhero Drama Misfits Renewed for Fifth and Final Series

For fans of teen superhero drama Misfits, there’s some good news and there’s some bad news. Channel 4 has confirmed that the popular sci-fi series will return for a fifth season. But, as often happens, networks giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other – because Series 5 is also apparently going to be its last.

The show, which chronicles the adventures of a group of teenagers who develop superpowers in the aftermath of a freak lightning storm, had been a cult hit for the network and wrapped its fourth season late last year. Series 4 introduced an almost entirely new cast and suffered a few growing pains as a result, including going a bit heavy on the teen relationship drama, so in some ways the network’s decision to wrap things up seems logical. Series 4 was occasionally quite the slog to get through, no matter how much you loved it and Misfits seemed to struggle a bit to find its footing with all the new faces.

As always, there is a good and bad side to this situation – it’s a shame to see Misifts bow out as, on the whole, it’s one of the more innovative programs to come along in the past few years. And, despite some growing pains with all the newbies, it felt like things were back on track again by the end of this season. But, on the flip side, at least the decision was made early enough that they should be able to wrap the show up well and fans won’t be left hanging with one of those endings that doesn’t provide any closure for characters they cared about.

First Look at Misfits Series 4, New Episodes to Stream in America on Hulu

UK network E4 has released the first trailer for Series 4 of its teen superhero drama Misfits, a show that’s returning after its most successful season to date, but that’s also in for a lot of changes this season after the departure of three key cast members.

The brief teaser features our first look at returning characters Rudy (Joseph Gilgun) and Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) alongside newcomers Jess and Finn (played by Karla Crome and Nathan McMullen, respectively). We also see enough to get an idea of what the newbies powers are going to be – Finn’s telekinesis and Jess’ x-ray vision. This is certainly a step up from last season when Curtis’ superpower was to turn into a girl. But the only place to to go from there was up, really, I’d say.

At any rate, take a look at the first teaser for Series 4 after the jump and get some details about when we can expect to see the new season for ourselves. (Spoiler: It’s really good news for every stripe of British TV fan.)