Wolfblood FAQ

Welcome to the new updated Wolfblood FAQ!

Does Maddy appear in season three?

SPOILERS –  Aimee Kelly, the actress who plays Maddy, chose to leave the show at the end of season two and go to college. So obviously Maddy had to be written out of the show – but look out for a wolfy surprise at the very end of season three episode thirteen..!

NOTE – please don’t keep pestering me with demands that I persuade or even “make” Aimee return to the show. (“Make’ her return? How, exactly?)  We’ve asked her on several occasions if she wants to return, and she doesn’t. No amount of begging or pleading will change that.

What about season four? Will there be a fourth season?

We’re still waiting for CBBC to decide whether they want a fourth season or not. As soon as I have an answer, I’ll update this FAQ.

When will CBBC decide about season four?

I honestly don’t know. Could be tomorrow, could be weeks away. 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.

Will Aimee Kelly return to season four? What about the rest of the cast, will they still be in the show?

Aimee Kelly has already said she’s too busy at college to return to the show. (And no, we won’t recast the role – we’ll simply continue without the character of Maddy.)

As for the rest of the cast, we’ll ask whether they want to come back once we know whether there’s going to be another season. We can’t ask them to commit to something until we know when –  or if –  it’s going to happen.

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. This means we have no idea how long the show will run for.

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.

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 they should be able to give you an answer.

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!

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 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 avoiding people who illegally post it on the internet, not supporting them.

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

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321596/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

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). At the Children’s BAFTAs, Bobby Lockwood won Best Performer in 2013, and I won Best Writer 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 other Children’s BAFTAs in 2013 and 2014.

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…

Do you use real wolves when filming the show?

No. The wolves are computer-animated by our effects company, Trixter.

Will there be a DVD release? 

At the moment, there are two sets of DVD releases:

Season one, two and three DVDs have been released in Germany, and are available in many other 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 all three seasons are available on DVD in the US, available from all the usual retailers. Again, this is available to ship to other countries from Amazon and other online retailers. Check your DVD player can play a Region 1 disc before ordering!

A UK DVD release will hopefully happen eventually, but I don’t have any details on when yet.

What about merchandise?

A range of merchandise is slowly being rolled out. Here’s a summary of what’s available so far:

A one-off Wolfblood magazine was released in October 2015. You can still order copies, for delivery to the UK or overseas, from

http://titan.subscribeonline.co.uk/Products/totally

Redbubble have a single (unofficial) T-shirt design at

http://www.redbubble.com/people/baubabee/works/12560451-wolfblood-thing?p=t-shirt

Wolfblood posters are available from a number of online poster retailers. Google “Wolfblood poster” and you’ll get plenty of options.

Other Wolfblood merchandise is currently being considered. Once I have more information, I’ll update the FAQ. 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 just don’t know.

Will there ever be Wolfblood books?

We’ve approached a few publishers about that, but so far, none have said yes…

Will there ever be a Wolfblood movie?

There has been some discussion of a movie, but so far, there are no firm plans for one. If that changes, I’ll update the FAQ. (And if you’re eager to see a Wolfblood movie, the best people to ask for one are CBBC, not me. I’m already convinced!)

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

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.

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.

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, you’ll begin 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’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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/wolfblood-s1-ep10

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.

I’m a writer – how would I go about getting a job writing Wolfblood?

If you’re an experienced writer with previous TV or film credits, get your agent to contact CBBC in the usual way.

If you don’t have an agent or previous experience, your best way to get noticed is via BBC Writers Room, who hold  ‘open calls’ for scripts by new writers every few months. If you send in your script and they like it, they might recommend you to write for Wolfblood (or some other show). Follow the directions on their site http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom

How does an episode of Wolfblood get written? What’s the process?

Check out this post

https://debbiemoon.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/how-a-wolfblood-script-is-written/

I have ideas for episodes/ plot lines you could use in future seasons/ Wolfblood fan fiction: 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. There have been cases with other shows where fans have sued the show for ‘stealing’ ideas from their fan fiction, or episode ideas they’ve sent in without being asked. The best defence we have have against that is never to read any ideas submitted by anyone outside the show.

So 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! So please don’t send anything, via this blog or anywhere 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! 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 three, so we had to re-cast.

What happens to the characters’ clothes when they transform?

CBBC rules forbid us to show the characters naked, or even imply that they’re naked offscreen. So we have to pretend that the clothes somehow vanish with them and then reappear. Of course it makes no sense, but we have no other option.

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 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.

– DO be realistic about whether I can actually do what you’re asking (let alone whether I should!)  I’ve had people ask me to get them an acting agent, help them direct their first movie, help them get their novel published, and even get them 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…

46 comments on “Wolfblood FAQ

  1. kds says:

    So Debbie thank you for the show. I just found it on Netflix. I understand casting problems can be something very had to control and Aimee leaving I’m sure was a shock. All I can say is a did a search on why Aimee was gone and your site was one that popped up.

    I’m sure you get thousands of people asking a million different questions and it can get a bit like Shannon with the monster. With that said I found very much of this wiki or blog to be very condescending and insulting to fans of your show. I strongly encourage you to take another look at the manner in which your cummicate.

    Again I’m nobody but a fan who watched your show on netflix over the last couple days. I don’t expect a meaningful response. However if you do read my comment please re read your page and ask yourself “Is this the introduction I want to have to a possible new fan looking for information?”. Have a good season 4 and thank you for your time.

  2. Noelle Geron says:

    If the season 4 dosent get made will you consider going to a different producer (sorry ifyou dont understand rhis i am not that good (i dont know alot about) on the whole making of shows pprocesses etc.) Oh and this is just a thought….if rydian went to canada then he can tell maddy it is safe now right? Ok Thx bye!

    • debbiemoon says:

      No, we wouldn’t go to another producer. CBBC owns the rights to the show, and it’s unlikely any other producer would want to buy them.
      As for for Rhydian going to Canada – well, the final moments of season three should answer that for you!

  3. Alexander says:

    I don’t think Aimee is replaceable in my opinion. Hopefully she comes back, I really wanna see how Maddy and Rhydian’s relationship evolves.

  4. Alexander says:

    Don’t forget Canada! We love Wolfblood too!

  5. Shasta says:

    if the decision was up to you would you want a season for and what would you want it to be like. I understand that it isn’t up to you but if it was what would you say?

  6. Noelle Geron says:

    I thinl there should be a season 4 because of jeffieres amd liam…they just found out…wneed more drama between them! And also jana…it left off on sort of a cliff hanger…though the last few minutes werw good….think of the rest of the episode….a bit of a cliff hanger….,dont u think!?!

  7. Caitlin says:

    Why is it taking so long for season 4? I mean I know about the deciding and everything but it has a massive fanbase and I honestly think its one of those shows that he dramas suitable for kids and teens also, not just constant reruns like on all he other channels.

  8. Colton says:

    Hi Debbie, I have two questions.
    What were your thoughts about WolfBlood being in the NYTimes?
    and when was it that it occurred to you of how big of a success WolfBlood has become?

  9. Ellie says:

    Hi Debbie! Just wanted to ask you something that randomly occurred to me the other day…

    Liam’s ancestors were of course the werewolf hunters that killed Maddy’s ancestor, William (2.03 I believe?), and I guess in the end of season 2 he sort of turns in to a werewolf hunter himself. And then I realised that his last name is “hunter”, and I was wondering if that was on purpose or just a coincidence that that happened to be the last name you chose!?

    Also, would Ceri’s last name also be Morris, even though Rhydian has pretty much always been in foster care?

  10. Daria U. says:

    It’s true what Debbie said.For example,in the Romanian dubbed episode it isn’t that scene,but I also saw the original episode,so I knew that it is a missing part.So,you’re not alone! :-)

  11. Jessica says:

    Hi!

    I just finished watching all three seasons of Wolfblood on US Netflix, and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Thank you for all the effort you have put into this show! It is so nice to be able to watch a show that is genuinely delightful, entertaining, and wholesome enough for the entire family to watch together. =) You really have a gift for creating characters that feel real, have depth, and allow the viewer to form an emotional connection with them. I love the balance of humor and seriousness that you have brought to Wolfblood!

    A couple of random questions…

    1) Did the actor who played Tom do the gymnastics/stunts on his own in the Season 3 episode where Tom is reacting to the serum?

    2) I read the article you wrote entitled “How A Wolfblood Script Is Written”, and still had a question about the writing/filming process. Once you are finished writing the script and filming has begun, are you still involved? Do you have to be on the set for consultation or changes, or does someone else handle it at that point? I just wondered if the writers continue to be involved at that point in the process, or if it’s handed off to someone else.

    Thanks! I have really enjoyed reading your blog. =)

    • debbiemoon says:

      Kedar did most of his own stunts, but I think a stunt performer was brought in to do one or two of the riskier ones. (Often the actor is more than willing, but we have to use a professional for insurance purposes.)

      Generally I’m not on set for filming – I visit occasionally, but just to see how things are going. Once the script is ‘locked’, any changes should be extremely minor, and are handled by the producer and director, sometimes with a quick ‘is this okay’ e-mail to me.

  12. Jessica says:

    Also, I meant to say “Thanks” for giving us such a satisfying ending to Season 3! Of course I’m hoping for a Season 4 (like everyone else!), but if there isn’t another season, the ending you left us with has answered our questions and given us closure. So many shows don’t do that. =) Thank you!

  13. Alex says:

    Have you ever thought of introducing vampires into wolfblood for a traditional vampire and werewolf feud?

  14. lilly says:

    I come from germany and i speak not so good english….sorry for this…but i have any questions…
    1. when come season 3 in germany on the TV ??
    2. when is season 3 on DVD ???
    3. aimee was not sad that she’s gone???

    A BIG SORRY FOR MY VERRY BAD ENGLISH !!

    • debbiemoon says:

      1) I don’t know. You need to ask whichever TV channel Wolfblood shows on in Germany.
      2) After it has shown on TV.
      3) Yes, she was sad – but she felt it was time to go to college.

  15. Emily Bannow says:

    Can’t you recast Maddy’s character? I mean, you recasted Dr. Whitewood, and by now, all of the fans know that Aimee left, so recasting would be a shock to no one.

  16. Destiny says:

    Well I am from canada and I pulled an all nighter to watch 3 seasons … Crossing my fingers there will be a fourth season is loved it and it was amazing hoping to see more of Maddy and Ridging in season 4 … TEAMWOLFBLOOD :)

    • Destiny says:

      Aimee should try at least make time for it it’s a great show that 1300people love where I am from .., she is the main character in wolf blood and should be able to make it … Or at least ask her to come on weekends

  17. Andrew says:

    How much longer does amiee have of college if its not much longer and the show is still running maybe she’ll be able to return to the show right? Thank you for your time #teamwolfblood

  18. Mary Lib Warner says:

    Debbie, I just want to say thank you for writing such an amazing show. As you can see SO many people love it. You have an incredible imagination. This show would not be successful without you but of course it wouldn’t be a show but anyway I know that I fell in love with it because it took me 1 1/2 days to finish all 3 seasons. (My school was out all week do to snow.) So just thanks.
    xx, A really big fan.

  19. Robert says:

    Hi Debbie, we love the show in Canada! I stumbled across it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and was hooked after the first episode. After I finished the 3rd season I convinced my wife to watch it and now she’s hooked. Once she’s done watching all three seasons we’ll pass the the laptop to my 13 yr-old daughter and she can work her way through the series. Fingers crossed for a season 4!

  20. Wb says:

    Hi I have a few questions:
    In maddy cool why were maddy and rhydians foreheads pressed together as Tom walked in,even though they weren’t dating?
    In wolfsbane-are Shannon’s family strict on meat or something because they had no meat in the house(as toms burger meat was the only good that was meat) as maddy kinda went a bit nuts about that…
    What did the Vaughans think when they found out rhydian had ‘run away’ at the end of irresistible and what did they think when they knew he was living at the smiths house?
    Also why didn’t ceri go back To the pack(wild) at the end of moonrise-I thought she hated tame life even if she had to be a tame for a couple of episodes
    And who’s the leader of the wild pack now jana isn’t going to be there permanently?
    Thanks for your time!

    • debbiemoon says:

      I really don’t remember that scene, so I don’t know. Presumably they were just being friendly.
      Shannon’s family were away – they’d probably only left just enough food in the hour for one person (Shannon).
      They were upset and worried for him when he ran away, and relieved (if a little puzzled) to find him safe at the Smith’s house.
      Ceri stayed on for a while to spend time with Rhydian – and maybe even Gerwyn…

  21. Andrew says:

    Coming from Canada The first time I saw the wolfblood in Netflix I just thought that it was not my kind of show so I just didn’t pay any attention to it that was until I kept seeing it come up as a suggestion for my next show to watch so several months later I finaly decided to watch it and after the first episode I was hooked by then the three seasons were out and I watched all the episodes that day and a bit in to the next day (wish I desided to watch it sooner)
    wolfblood is now my favourite show and if CBBC wants to continue the show I can’t wait to see the forth season so keep writing

    (1) If maddy is gone and Rhydian is somewhat gone what happens with Shannon and Tom?

    (2) would their be a new main character?

    (3) What will Liam do will he tell the people to prove he’s not crazy? or keep it a secret?

    (4) How did you come up with the (welsh) language?

    Sorry for so many questions
    Thanks Andrew

    • debbiemoon says:

      Questions 1,2, and 3 – as always, no spoilers! You’ll have to wait and see.
      4 – How did we come up with it? You mean, why did we decide to use Welsh and not some other language? Because I live in Wales and am surrounded by the Welsh language daily, and I felt it was time more Welsh was heard on UK television…

  22. Andrew says:

    Thanks for answering my questions

    What would happen if CBBC will not continue the show?

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