Welcome to the new updated Wolfblood FAQ!
Will there be a fourth season?
Yes, CBBC have just confirmed that there will be a fourth season. Obviously we have a lot of contractual stuff, and a lot of time in the writers room, to get through before we can announce any specifics about cast, filming dates, transmission dates, or indeed anything else – but as soon as I have more details, I’ll update the FAQ.
So basically, if you have a question about the fourth season and the answer isn’t on the FAQ yet, then I don’t know yet! :)
The one thing I can confirm is the writing team. Wolfblood veterans Sophie Petzal and Neil Jones will be returning, and we’ll be joined by new arrivals Furquan Akhtar and Matt Sinclair. I’ll be writing four episodes, and everyone else two each, giving us a twelve episode season this year.
Will Aimee Kelly (Maddy) return to season four?
Aimee Kelly left the show over two years ago, and currently has no plans to return.
And since people keep asking the same questions over and over, let me overstate this a little….That’s no plans to return at all. Not for season four, not for any future seasons. Not even for one episode. Not at all.
Is there anything we – or you – can do to persuade Aimee Kelly to return?
Honestly? No. Actors leave shows. That’s a basic fact of television. Change is not only inevitable, it’s good: shows that remain exactly the same forever become stale and boring, to write as well as to watch. And Wolfblood was always a show about a species, not one individual.
It’s been over two years since Aimee Kelly filmed her last scenes: she’s moved on, the show has moved on, and everyone’s just going to have to accept that.
Why don’t you just cast a new actress to play Maddy?
We don’t recast major roles. That’s never convincing, and it’s insulting to the original cast as well as the new cast (actors aren’t interchangeable objects that can be swapped like light bulbs). We have occasionally recast very minor roles when it was unavoidable (usually because an actor became unavailable at short notice), but we’d never do it with a lead role.
Will Aimee Kelly ever return for a cameo appearance as Maddy?
At the moment she has no plans to do that – but who knows what might happen in the future?
What about the rest of the cast, will they be in season four?
It’s going to take a while to sort out which actors are available when, and to negotiate contracts etc. We’ll make an announcement as soon as we can – though because things often change at short notice, that announcement is unlikely to be made until we start filming…
When will season four start filming?
We don’t know yet. Once we can announce that, we will.
When will season four be on television in the UK?
We don’t know yet. Once we can announce that, we will.
Will there be a fifth season? How many seasons will there be in total?
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 yet whether there’ll be a fifth season, or how long the show will run for.
Why do you make twelve or thirteen episodes a season, when shows on other channels make more?
Twelve to 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 on TV or on Netflix?
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), contact that channel directly, and they should be able to give you an answer.
If you’re watching on Netflix, then obviously, contact Netflix. (Please note, Wolfblood is only available on US Netflix, not Netflix in the UK.)
And of course, 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 a month after transmission (and when the show is repeated, they go back onto iPlayer for a month).
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 are also 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
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 by Klause White, performed by Lisa Knapp. The soundtrack isn’t available to buy yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed soon…
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! And the instrumental music in the show is written for the show by composer Andy Price.
However, since 90% of music questions are about the track used in ‘Maddy Cool’ – many fans seem to think it’s Sunshine by Toni Cataldi. They may be right, they may be wrong, but that’s as much as I know…
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, these are 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 for all the seasons 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 what’s available so far:
A one-off Wolfblood magazine was released in October 2014. You can still order copies, for delivery to the UK or overseas, from
Wolfblood posters in several different designs are available from a number of online retailers. Google “Wolfblood poster” and you’ll get plenty of options.
A Wolfblood mug is available from gb.posters.com, and probably from elsewhere as well.
There are children’s pyjamas, produced by Fashion UK, available on Amazon.co.uk and elsewhere.
And inevitably, there are various items of fan-designed unofficial merchandise available on various sites.
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 what it is and which retailers will be stocking it, we just don’t know.
Will there ever be Wolfblood books?
We’ve just signed a contract with a publishing company to produce novelisations (book versions of the TV episodes) and other Wolfblood books. There’s some information on that here
As soon as I have more information about when the books will be out, I’ll update this section.
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.
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
Are you ever going to feature vampires in Wolfblood? What about other supernatural creatures?
No, definitely no vampires! Vampires bore me: they’re whiny and self-obsessed. I don’t see what they would add to the show.
At the moment, we have no plans to feature any other supernatural creatures in Wolfblood. We’d rather do one thing well than throw in all kinds of creatures and over-complicate the show.
How can I audition to be in Wolfblood? or appear as an extra?
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, your first task is to get an agent! And remember, acting is a long game, and setting your heart on appearing in one particular show probably isn’t wise. Concentrate on creating a career for yourself, not just getting this one job.
Please note – I get a lot of messages from people telling me at great length how brilliant they are and what their drama teacher says about them and how many plays they’ve been in… Sorry, but you’re telling the wrong person. I don’t make the casting decisions. That’s the job of the casting director, and I stand back and let them do their job.
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.
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
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 from 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, plot suggestions, 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 five and six working days to shoot an episode, depending on how many moves between locations, how many stunts, and how many complicated scenes there are.
Is there a real village called Stoneybridge? Or a real school called Bradlington High?
No. See the next question…
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 are in nearby Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
How do you do the yellow eyes?
Mostly contact lenses, sometimes CGI (when we actually see them change).
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.
Which character is most like you?
None of the characters is exactly like me, but I suppose the closest to me as a teenager is Shannon…
What would happen if a Wolfblood and a human had a child together? Would the baby be human or Wolfblood?
Depends. Being Wolfblood is genetic, so the baby would either inherit the human genes and be human, or the Wolfblood ones, and be Wolfblood. So some of their children would be Wolfblood and some human.
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 logical sense, really, but we have no other option.
In the third season episode “The Dark Of The Rune”, all Wolfbloods in the world fall into a coma due to a mysterious comet. Our heroes find a solution – but what about Maddy and her parents in Canada, and all the other Wolfbloods worldwide? What happened to them?
I didn’t write that episode, but my understanding is that the solution our characters find puts a kind of ‘shield’ around the comet, cutting off its effects all across the planet. So basically, everyone else woke up at the same time Rhydian and Jana did.
Do you write differently for children than for adults? Do you ever think “Oh, we can’t do that in a children’s show”?
Not really, no. Any story you can tell to adults, you can tell to children. You may just tell it a little differently. Over the years, we’ve dealt with parental abandonment, bullying, emotional abuse within families, the care system, and Shannon being wrongly sent to a psychiatrist – all pretty serious topics. it’s a just a question of how you present the subject within the story.
If you had the chance to become a wolfblood, would you?
It would be nice to be athletic, and the enhanced sight and hearing would be useful. On the other hand, I’m really bad at keeping secrets – so I’d better say no…
If you were a wolfblood, would you want to be tame or wild?
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!
How did Maddy’s parents meet? 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 in real life?
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 bother asking 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 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…