Marvel's teen drama Runaways to premiere on SyFy channel in April
Fans of the comic book genre will soon have the chance to watch one of Marvel’s first forays into teen drama as Runaways makes it debut on British TV.
The series was generally well received when it premiered in the US at the end of last year (so much so that it’s already been picked up for a second season) and now UK audiences will be able to catch up from Wednesday 18 April – as long as you have access to the SyFy channel.
The show is based on the comics of the same name created by Brian K Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, and tells the story of six teenagers who don’t exactly get along all that well but must unite against a common enemy – their parents, a team of super-villains also known the Pride.
As well as the movies that have driven the recent expansion in Marvel’s output, Runaways joins a growing number of TV series exploring often lesser-known comic book characters.
Netflix has had varying degrees of success, it’s fair to say, with its Marvel creations Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher but certainly enough to justify a second series for Jessica Jones and a third for Daredevil.
Hit and miss
If the reception for Netflix’s Marvel shows has been hit and miss, then that’s more than can be said for Inhumans, created by US network ABC and shown on Sky One in the UK, which has failed to impress critics.
However another ABC-produced Marvel show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, can surely claim to have been a success, being well into its fifth season. The programme was a direct spin-off of the movies and saw Clark Gregg reprise his role as S.H.I.E.L.D agent Phil Coulson having previously appeared in the Iron Man, Thor and Avengers franchises.
To see how Runaways compares to some of Marvel’s previous efforts, SyFy is on Sky channel 114, Virgin channel 135 and YouView channel 319.
If you don’t already have access to the channel, its included in Sky’s standard Entertainment package at £20 a month and Virgin’s Mix TV bundle at £22 a month. Syfy is included in BT’s TV Entertainment package, which BT broadband customers can add for an extra £8 a month.
With TalkTalk, you’ll have to add the Entertainment Boost to your TV package for an additional monthly fee. Another option would be to get a NOW TV Entertainment pass, which costs £7.99 a month and gives you access to 11 channels that aren’t on Freeview – including SyFy – plus thousands of hours of on-demand programming.
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