Welcome to the new updated Wolfblood FAQ!
Let’s get straight into it:
What’s happening with Wolfblood season three?
Season three will begin on CBBC on Monday 15th September, at 5pm (check the time on the day).
That’s a UK transmission date – for other countries, please ask your local TV channel, not me, since they’ll know much more than I will.
As usual, it will be thirteen episodes.
I’ll be writing five episodes: in addition, we’ll see episodes from Wolfblood veterans James Whitehouse & Hannah George, from Sophie Petzal (writer of the ‘secret episode’), and also, new to the series, Neil Jones, Catrin Clarke, Paul Mousley and Lee Walters.
Will all the cast return for season three?
We won’t be releasing any information about which characters and actors will return, certainly not until just before transmission. After all, that would effectively be a spoiler. And talking of spoilers…
Can you tell us what’s going to happen in season three?
No. At least two-thirds of the questions I’m asked, here and on Twitter, are requests for plot spoilers. Let me be clear here: I’m not going to tell you anything about upcoming episodes – and you don’t actually want me to.
There’s a reason they call them ‘spoilers’ – because they spoil your enjoyment of the series. I worked hard on this show, as did a lot of other people, and we want you to enjoy the episodes as they air, not have the experience ruined by leaks and gossip. So wait until the episode is transmitted; it will be more fun in the end!
Will there be another ‘secret episode ‘ in season three?
There will be a number of short ‘webisodes’ available online and via iPlayer in the UK. Whether these will be shown in other countries is up to the local TV channels, so you’ll need to ask them, not me.
What about a season four?
We don’t know yet. As soon as I have an answer, I’ll update this FAQ.
How many seasons will there be?
CBBC makes a decision about whether to commission a new season after each season has been shown in the UK. So they’ll make a decision on season four after season three has been shown. This means we have no idea how long the show will run for.
As soon as we have a decision on season four, I will update this FAQ. If I haven’t updated it yet, then no decision has been made.
Why do you make thirteen episodes a season, when shows on other channels make more?
Thirteen episodes per season is the usual number for CBBC programmes. It’s also as many as we have time, and money, to make each year!
I live in [insert name of country], when will I be able to see Wolfblood?
There’s no point in contacting me to ask about transmission dates for your country, because that’s not part of my job. I often don’t know the show’s on in any given country until after it’s begun showing.
If you know which channel it’s going to be on in your country (in many countries, it will be the Disney Channel), you’re much more likely to get an accurate answer from the channel than from me – so contact them directly. And the more people who contact the channel about Wolfblood, thus proving it has lots of fans, the more likely they are to keep showing it!
Disney Channel in the US has already shown Wolfblood season one – when will season two be shown?
You need to contact Disney and ask them directly. The more people who contact the channel about Wolfblood, thus proving it has lots of fans, the more likely they are to keep showing it!
Where can I watch Wolfblood online?
If you live in the UK, you can watch episodes on the BBC’s iPlayer service. They’re usually available for at least a week after transmission, sometimes longer.
If you live outside the UK, I’m afraid iPlayer won’t work for you, and you’ll have to wait for the show to be shown by your local broadcaster. In the US, individual episodes are available to buy on iTunes, and seasons one is now available on US Netflix.
Any Wolfblood episodes copied to YouTube or similar services will be removed and the poster’s account terminated, so be sensible, don’t take the risk…
But why shouldn’t I watch pirated copes of Wolfblood online? No harm done, right?
Wrong. Completely and utterly wrong.
In order to make future seasons of Wolfblood, we need the money that Disney and other broadcasters pay us for the rights to show the current seasons. If people can watch pirated copies on the web, they won’t watch it when it’s on TV, meaning the viewing figures go down and the broadcasters won’t buy it any more – so there’ll be no more money for us to make new episodes. And that means no more Wolfblood, ever.
Even if you claim you’re going to watch the show online and when it’s on TV, the availability of pirated copies will put broadcasters off buying those seasons in the first place. No broadcaster wants to pay money for something that’s already been splashed all over the internet.
So, if you actually care about Wolfblood, you should be reporting people who illegally post it on the internet, not supporting them.
And as for the people rude and ignorant enough to ask me to help them find pirated copies… Would you walk into your local bakers and say “Hey, you make really good bread. Help me steal a few loaves, will you?” Of course you wouldn’t. So don’t ask me to help you steal my work – or you’ll get an extremely angry and rude response!
Where can I find out who plays which roles/who wrote or directed an episode/ who the designer or composer or DOP etc is?
Best place for finding out about the cast and crew of any film or TV show is imdb.com. Everyone involved with Wolfblood to date is listed at
Which awards has Wolfblood been nominated for/ won?
Wolfblood won the Royal Television Society award for Best Children’s Drama in 2013 (and was nominated again in 2014). It has also been nominated for a RTS North-East award, a Broadcast award, the Prix Jeunesse, a Banff Television Festival award and four Children’s BAFTAs (including a Best Performer win for Bobby Lockwood).
What is the theme song from Wolfblood? Can I buy the soundtrack?
It’s A Promise That I Keep, music by Andy Price, lyrics Klause White, performed by Lisa Knapp. The soundtrack isn’t available to buy yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed soon…
Will there be a DVD release?
At the moment, there are two sets of DVD releases:
Season one and season two DVDs have been released in Germany, and are available in many countries via Amazon and other online retailers. They can be played with the original English-language soundtrack (original actors’ voices, music, etc), as well as in a dubbed German-language version. Check your DVD player can play a Region 2 disc before ordering!
And a season one DVD released in the US, available from all the usual retailers. Again, this is available to other countries from online retailers. Check your DVD player can play a Region 1 disc before ordering!
A UK DVD release is planned, but I don’t have any details on when yet.
What about merchandise?
A full range of merchandise is slowly being rolled out. Here’s a summary of what’s available so far:
A one-off Wolfblood magazine has just been released, and is available in UK newsagents, supermarkets, etc. If you can’t find it, or you’re overseas, you can order from
Redbubble have a single (unofficial) T-shirt design at
Wolfblood posters are available from a number of online poster retailers, including Amazon. Google “Wolfblood poster” and you’ll get plenty of options.
Other Wolfblood merchandise is currently being produced and should be available in the UK by the end of 2014. This will include clothing, stationery, and all kinds of other stuff currently being designed. There is a possibility of games and books as well, but this may take a little longer.
I expect this merchandise will be available by mail order to other countries too – but until we know which retailers will be stocking it, we don’t know.
Where can I send fan mail to the cast?
If you send it to [Actor's name], Wolfblood, CBBC, Bridge House, BBC MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2QH, it will be passed on to them from there. Alternatively, you could probably find out their agent on Google and send it to the agent’s office – it might well reach them faster that way.
How did you come up with the idea for Wolfblood, and how did it get commissioned?
I speak at length about that here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/posts/Wolfblood
I’m interested in writing for TV: can I read one of the Wolfblood scripts?
The script for season 1 episode 10, The Call Of The Wild, is available to download from the BBC’s writersroom website: go to
Writersroom also has a lot of great information, inspiring stories and details of writing competitions and opportunities, so it’s a good place to get started writing.
Will you read my Wolfblood fan fiction?
The writers and members of the production team are not allowed to read any fan fiction for legal reasons. There have been cases with other shows where fans have sued the show for ‘stealing’ ideas from their fan fiction. The best defence we have have against that is never to read fan fiction, or any ideas submitted by anyone outside the show. Anyway, we really don’t have the time!
How does an episode of Wolfblood get written? What’s the process?
Check out this post
How long does it take to write an episode of Wolfblood?
Hard to say – writers are often working on several different projects at once – but probably around four to six weeks from beginning to end.
How can I audition to be in Wolfblood? or appear as an extra?
Realistically, you need to have previous acting experience, and an agent, to have a chance of appearing in Wolfblood (or any other TV show). Shooting takes place on a very tight schedule and a very limited budget, and we have to be sure that everyone we employ knows their job and can do it with the minimum of supervision. And yes, that does make life hard for young actors starting out, but we have to do what’s best for the show…
If you have an agent, they’ll know how to arrange an audition for you. If not: well, acting is a long game, and setting your heart on appearing in one particular show probably isn’t the way to go.
There’s no point in tweeting me or leaving comments here telling me what a brilliant actor you are and asking me to help you get an audition. I can’t, because I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH CASTING. Television shows only function if everyone is trusted to do their own job: so I trust the casting directors to do their jobs, and I stick to the writing.
Okay, but I’m interested in a long-term career as an actor – do you have any advice?
Well, obviously this isn’t my field, but I’ll tell you what little I know. A local theatre group or Saturday drama school is a good place to get experience, and sometimes, to get scouted for local professional productions. Many TV companies talent-spot at local drama schools and youth theatres too – and you’ll also be learning the craft of acting, which is every bit as important as natural talent.
There’s some advice on how to approach an agent here:
Attending drama school or taking a degree in Drama or English may be useful, but it’s not a requirement. The main advantage of full-time study is experience and making contacts. After that, it’s the usual struggle to get noticed – firstly by an agent, then by producers.
Acting is an incredibly competitive and unpredictable business. Ninety percent of students who take a drama degree don’t end up working directly in arts or media. At any given moment, eighty-five percent of professional actors are unemployed.
If you’re going to succeed, you’ll need determination and luck as well as talent. But if you’re really determined, go for it! A lot of people told me I’d never succeed as a writer, and look how that turned out…
I have ideas for episodes or plot lines you could use in future seasons: can I send them to you?
I’ve tried being polite about this, and people are ignoring it, so let me make this very clear. YOU MUST NOT SEND ME PLOT IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS, OR EVEN WOLFBLOOD FAN FICTION. EVER. If people keep doing so, I will have to close down this site.
Writers and production companies have to be very careful that they don’t lay themselves open to accusations of stealing ideas, and because of this, none of us are allowed to read any suggestions, ideas, fan fiction or anything related to Wolfblood. It doesn’t matter if you promise not to sue – we still can’t read it. It doesn’t matter if you say it’s just for fun – we still can’t read it. It doesn’t matter what you say – we still can’t read it!
And anyway, we have lots of stories for the new season already – and I’m sure you can understand that we’d rather write our own ideas than ones given to us by someone else.
How long does it take to film an episode of Wolfblood?
That’s hard to answer, because we don’t start at the beginning and work to the end: all the scenes in one location are filmed first, then all the scenes in another, and so on.
If we’re filming in a location – say, in the school canteen – we’ll shoot the canteen-based scenes from two or three different episodes in the same day, to save time. The most time-comsuming (and therefore expensive) part of filming is moving people and equipment from location to location, so we arrange filming so we move as little as possible.
At a guess, it takes between seven and nine working days to shoot an episode, depending on how many moves between locations, how many stunts, and how many complicated scenes there are.
Where is Wolfblood filmed?
The village we use as Stoneybridge is Blanchlands, in Northumbria. The school, the woods, and most of the other locations are within a few miles of there, and city locations (like those in ‘Eolas’) are in nearby Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
What’s the song used in [insert name of episode]?
Music is chosen by the sound editing department, who know a lot more about all kinds of music than I do! I’m trying to get some answers for the most frequently asked tracks…
Instrumental music in the show is written for the show by composer Andy Price.
What’s your favourite episode? Your favourite character?
People keep asking me these questions, and they’re impossible to answer. When you write something, no part of it, no individual character, is your favourite. You love every part of it for different reasons.
Why is Doctor Whitewood played by a different actor in season three?
The actress who played Doctor Whitewood in season two wasn’t available for the filming of season there, so we had to re-cast.
Do you ever write something for Wolfblood, look at it and think, ‘Oh wait, this is a children’s programme… I can’t write that.’?
We’re all aware of the things that are definitely forbidden: killing, explicit violence, sexual content other than an occasional kiss, etc. But actually, you can tackle most subjects on children’s TV if you frame them in the right way. In season one, we dealt with the care system, verbally abusive parents, cheating in exams, kidnapping, theft, and Shannon being wrongly been sent to a psychologist, all of which is pretty heavy stuff. It’s often a matter of the way you tackle the subject, not what the subject is…
“If you had the chance to become a wolfblood, would you?”
Interesting question. It would be nice to be athletic, and the sight and hearing would be useful. On the other hand, I’m really bad at keeping secrets – so I’d better say no…
“What about if you had to choose between being a wolfblood or a vampire?”
Definitely Wolfbloods! Vampires are addicts. They have no choices in life. Wolfbloods choose every moment how they balance their wolf-self and their human self, and that’s far more interesting…
“If you were a wolfblood, would you want to be tame or wild?”
Good question! As much I love wandering around in the countryside, I think I’d have to go for ‘tame’ in the end. I couldn’t do without a bath and a nice comfy bed!
“I was wondering how Maddy’s parents met? And where do you imagine other wolfbloods meeting each other in general?”
I would think settled Wolfbloods find ways to meet up – secret events, perhaps? Every community has its big events and rituals. As for how Daniel and Emma met… well, maybe one day we’ll find out!
“Do you believe in people transforming into wolves/werewolves?”
I believe in things we have evidence for, and so far, there’s no evidence for werewolves or anything like them. However, the idea is a great way to explore the dark side that we all have, and how we choose to deal with it…
“I’ve noticed that Maddy and other characters often say ‘us’ instead of ‘me’. Is that the local dialect?”
Yes, in the Northumbria/ Newcastle area, it’s perfectly normal to use ‘us’ instead of ‘me’.
“What’s the language spoken by the wild wolfbloods?”
That’s Welsh. This particular wild pack came originally from Wales, but were disturbed by human activity and relocated somewhere north of Stoneybridge (probably somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland, but wild Wolfbloods aren’t exactly experts in geography…)
My question isn’t answered here!
If your question really isn’t answered here, then PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY before posting your question below.
- DO state your question clearly and simply. I get a lot of vague questions like “When will it show here?” (“It” being which season? “Here” being where?) So try to state your question clearly and reasonably briefly…
- DON’T repost your question if it doesn’t appear immediately. All comments to this site have to be moderated by me, and if I’m busy, I may not do that for several hours.
- DON’T ASK A QUESTION THAT’S ALREADY ANSWERED IN THE FAQ. You’re just wasting my time, and I’ll probably delete it unanswered.
- DON’T ask what’s going to happen in upcoming episodes. The only response you will ever get is “no spoilers”.
- DON’T ask me to find information for you when you can find it for yourself. You want to know if a cast member is on Facebook? Go look on Facebook. You want to know how much a Wolfblood episode is on iTunes? Go look on iTunes. I’m not here to run errands for you.
- DO be realistic about how much of my time you’re taking up, and about whether I can actually help with that particular problem. I’ve had people ask me to get them an acting agent, help them get their novel published, and even help them get a date with a member of the cast – none of which I can do!
Bearing all of that in mind, feel free to leave your question in the comments section below, and I’ll answer it as soon as I can…