New witches show Switch to cast a Charmed spell for U.K. audiences?

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Dec 17, 2012

Move over, Charmed and The Secret Circle (yes, we know they're no longer on the air). A new U.K. series, called Switch, is about to come to TV in October, starring — what else — four beautiful young witches.

Switch is the brainchild of the production outfit behind the awesome Being Human U.K.

The new ITV2 series follows a very modern "coven" of four young witches living in London.

They are played by Lacey Turner (Being Human, Bedlam), Nina Toussaint-White (Mels in Doctor Who), relative newcomer Phoebe Fox and Hannah Tointon (The Hour, Sinbad).

(In case you're wondering who's who in the picture above, they are from left to right: Hannah Tointon, Nina Toussaint-White, Lacey Turner and Phoebe Fox.)

So how are the witches' spells cast?

Well, SFX has the answer for us, since they had the chance to see the process for themselves on set while they watched the filming of a scene where the witches cast a resurrection spell on a dead cat: Yep, totally gross and poor little cat thingy. (Hmm, maybe it's zombie cat from series three of E4's awesome sci-fi series Misfits? Nah, probably not, as in wrong network and all.)

Apparently each witch represents one of the four elements—earth, water, air and fire.

Actress Nina Toussaint-White, who plays Jude, explained the process.

"Phoebe, who plays Grace, is Water. She's more into the spells than anyone else — she has more of a solstice background, and her mum, who Caroline Quentin plays, is really into making her a traditional witch, whereas we're really modern. So Phoebe gets the book out and kinda gives us a nudge and tells us we all can do it, tells me I'm Fire, and then we all go and get an element.

"So Hannah is taking feathers out of a pillow to make Air. I then try and light a lighter — doesn't work, "Bollocks!" — and go off and get some matches. Lacey, who's Earth, gets a plant pot and just starts hitting it. And then we stick some water in from a vase. So you just find what you can to make the elements of the pot. And we all have to be together to do a spell."

Sounds ... interesting and very witchy to us. Switch is set to debut on ITV2 in October. Now, how long will it be before we get to see the show here in North America? Or perhaps, if the show's really successful, we'll even get a U.S. take on the series, a la Being Human. In any case, we'll be looking forward to Switch. Will you?

(via SFX)

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