When it first hit CBBC back in the day, The Demon Headmaster was terrifying children up and down the country.
Given that it’s been about 20 years since the show was last seen on screens, and that nostalgia from our youth is now very much the name of the game, some people are arguing that now might be the perfect time to bring back the classic show.
Well Frances Amey, who played Dinah Glass on the show, said that she would absolutely love a reboot, commenting: “I can’t believe it!” she said to SciFiNow. “Let’s make it!”
Terrence Hardiman, however, was slightly more reserved about the prospect of a revival, saying: “I’m now too old to play it, I think… but one never says never! As Sean Connery once said, didn’t he? Never say never!
“But I cannot see any possibility of it happening, and if they wanted to redo it, reboot it, I’m sure they would get another actor.”
There was also the discussion about how the technology would come across to younger viewers who are watching the show on DVD. “The technology will look odd,” Terrence admitted. “I remember on one of the series I had to do a scene where I phoned Frances Amey’s mother, and they said, ‘Here you are, it’s a mobile phone,’ and I’d never seen a mobile phone before!
“I said, ‘Well, what do I do? I’ve got to make it look as if I know what I’m doing!’ I had no idea how this thing worked!
“It didn’t have to work practically, but it had to look as if I knew what I was doing! I hope it still does but you never know… The equipment’s going to look a bit clunky and old-fashioned now.”
Frances also discussed what it was like to work with Terrance, who was known for his piercing, ice cold stare, which gave children nightmares for years to come.
“It was very interesting how friendly he is and how terrifying he is,” the actress, now 32, said.
“To know both of those two Terrys was really cool, because he was really quite frightening when you were actually acting with him, but he’s the greatest, loveliest guy. We knew him as the friendliest, father-figure kind of guy.”
It would certainly be a trip down memory lane for those who grew up watching the show from 1996 until 1998, but for those involved, its certainly been an interesting 20 years since they were last seen on our screens in The Demon Headmaster.
So if you’ve ever wondered what they have been doing with themselves, we’ve got a treat for you. Here are the cast of The Demon Headmaster and what they’re up to now:
8.Terrance Hardiman – The Demon Headmaster
Hardiman was already a veteran of the screen by the time he took up the role as every child’s nightmare, The Demon Headmaster. During his career, he’s appeared in everything from Cadfael to Poirot to Gandhi and even The Brittas Empire.
But for a specific generation, it will be his role as The Demon Headmaster for which he will always be remembered.
After the series finished in 1998, Hardiman then went on to stick to what he’d grown accustomed to and played much more plaid teacher in The Worst Witch.
Now at 81, he’s still got plenty of work on his plate, having appeared in the likes of Doctors, Holby City, Wallander and Genius. Most recently, he appeared in Netflix’s The Crown last year. At the moment though, it doesn’t look like he’s got anything on for 2018, so he may be taking a well-earned rest.
7.Gunnar Cauthery – Lloyd Hunter
After playing the role of Lloyd Hunter – the foster brother of Dinah Glass on Demon Headmaster – Gunnar Cauthery had small roles in the likes of The Tudors as well as a role in the Steven Spielberg epic War Horse. But more so nowadays he has been working on stage, having studied at RADA for a number of years.
Most recently, he made a return to regular TV acting with a recurring role in Mars.
6.Thomas Szekeres – Harvey Hunter
Since Demon Headmaster, the other Hunter brother has only got one other role to his name, which was in 2002 with the remake of Goodnight Mr Chips alongside Martin Clunes.
According to his Twitter account, he describes himself as a “failed actor” but seems to be doing well, having opened a creative agency known as This Here.
5.Kristy Bruce – Ingrid
Since playing the fellow SPLAT member Ingrid, Kristy Bruce has continued her acting career, having appeared as new fewer than five different characters in shows such as The Bill, Holby City, Green Wing and Mutual Friends.
In more recent years, she has focused more on theatre work, having most recently appeared in a production of The Tempest in London.
4.Jake Curran – Jeff
Though he only actually appeared in the first three episodes of Demon Headmaster, he is probably the most successful of his fellow SPLAT alumni, having appeared in the likes of Oliver Twist, Primeval, Wrong Turn 3 and Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe, Waking the Dead and Lewis.
In more recent years, he’s had a lot more movie work to get stuck into such as his role in Brad Pitt’s Fury, Journey’s End and most recently Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
3.Danny John-Jules – Eddy Hair
With all due respect to the rest of the cast, Danny John-Jules is probably the most well known, having already become a household name with his starring role in the BBC sitcom, Red Dwarf.
And if we’re all being honest, we probably forgot that former dancer Danny John-Jules appeared in Demon Headmaster, but he was there, and he featured in a couple of episodes as the TV host Eddie Hair.
Aside from his iconic role in Red Dwarf, we also loved him as Barrington in Maid Marian. Since The Demon Headmaster ended, he had a big supporting role in Blade II, a lead role in the CBBC show MI High, starred as Ed in the sitcom The Crouches, and in recent years, reprised his role as Cat in the newest series of Red Dwarf after a 10-year hiatus.
2.Florence Hoath – Bess
Having appeared in a few of the early episodes, Florence Hoath cropped up in some big shows, when her time on The Demon Headmaster ended, including Doctor Who as Nancy in 2005 as well as Family Affairs in the same year.
However, as of 2016, she appears to have quit acting, telling Doctor Who magazine: “I don’t act anymore.”
1.Frances Amey – Dinah Glass
When it came to the members of SPLAT (The Society for the Protection of our Lives Against Them), Dinah Glass was definitely the key component, the key cog, if you will, that kept the machine ticking along, as they worked together to try and bring down the evil Demon Headmaster.
Since Demon Headmaster finished in 1998, Frances appeared in a few short films and also appeared in plays, as well as the indie film, Souljacker.
Aside from her acting career, Frances also graduated with a degree in Dentistry from Newcastle University in 2009.