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Legend Of The Holyrood Vampires. Image shows from L to R: Hughie Strang (Greg McHugh), Grafin Von Schwartzbergen (Gabriel Quigley), Professor Knox (Steven McNicoll), Bella (Sally Reid), Mysterious Gentleman (Ford Kiernan), AL Kennedy, Madame MacLaverty (Karen Dunbar), Victoria Van Helsing (Cariad Lloyd). Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

Legend Of The Holyrood Vampires

BBC Radio Scotland sitcom. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars Cariad Lloyd, Karen Dunbar, Greg McHugh, Ford Kiernan, Gabriel Quigley, Gavin Mitchell, Sally Reid and others.

Legend Of The Holyrood Vampires

BBC Radio Scotland's Victorian vampire yarn set in Edinburgh in 1844

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2013
Channel
BBC Radio Scotland
Episodes
4   (1 series)
Starring
Cariad Lloyd, Karen Dunbar, Greg McHugh, Ford Kiernan, Gabriel Quigley, Gavin Mitchell, Sally Reid, Molly Vevers and Steven McNicoll
Writer
AL Kennedy
Producers
Gus Beattie and Jane Fowler

Playing out in the week of Halloween 2013 on BBC Radio Scotland, Legend of the Holyrood Vampires was a Victorian vampire yarn set in Edinburgh in 1844.

It's 1844, the year of the Scott Monument's erection. Victoria Van Helsing - a 18th Century Buffy The Vampire Slayer - has returned to the city of her forebears to destroy the dreadful Grafin Von Schwartzbergen, a centuries-old vampire who seeks to turn Scotland's Capital into a city of dreadful night. (Working on the assumption that no one would really notice.)

As it's August in Auld Reekie, the only accommodation Victoria can find is in Madame MacLaverty's Tea and Sundries Parlour - a resort for many gentlemen callers who enjoy the odd apple charlotte or even a double ├ęclair with its enthusiastic and limber girls.

Also in Edinburgh we find Hughie Strang, an Affliction Assessor. He travels the city in search of paupers so afflicted that they are deserving of assistance - it's sometimes tricky to find people sufficiently afflicted who aren't also dead... such is the stringent nature of the Victorian benefits system.

As more and more of the city's denizens become vampires, Hughie - who is terrified of women and who screams like a girl - finds himself caught up in Victoria's quest, being saved from certain death on a regular basis, fired from his job and inspected for vampire bites in a personal way.

Legend Of The Holyrood Vampires. Image shows from L to R: Hughie Strang (Greg McHugh), Grafin Von Schwartzbergen (Gabriel Quigley), Professor Knox (Steven McNicoll), Bella (Sally Reid), Mysterious Gentleman (Ford Kiernan), AL Kennedy, Madame MacLaverty (Karen Dunbar), Victoria Van Helsing (Cariad Lloyd). Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

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