The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself: When is the Half Bad TV series released on Netflix? Who is in the cast? All you need to know

Coming this Halloween on Netflix, the adaptation of Sally Green’s Half Bad trilogy promises to be a dark and wild ride.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 23 September 2022 - 11.39am
Netflix First look at The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself

Sally Green’s smash hit book trilogy Half Bad finally arrives on TV this Halloween.

The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself is set in the modern day and is about warring factions of witches who live among us.

The classic Young Adult stories have been compared to popular series such as Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games and were described as “enthralling fantasy” by Time magazine.

Fans have eagerly awaited a screen adaptation and this Halloween, Nathan, Annalise and Gabriel will finally arrive on Netflix.

Here is everything you need to know about The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself…

What is The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself release date?

The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself is released on Friday, 28 October on Netflix.

All episodes will be available to stream.

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The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself cast

First look at Netflix' Half Bad adaptation Netflix
  • Nathan Byrne - Played by Jay Lycurgo (Titans, The Batman, I May Destroy You)
  • Annalise - Played by Nadia Parkes (Domina, Starstruck)
  • Gabriel - Played by Emilien Vekemans (Transferts)
  • Jessica- Played by Isobel Jesper Jones (professional debut)
  • Soul - Played by Paul Ready (Motherland, The Terror)
  • Marcus Edge - Played by David Gyasi (Carnival Row, Troy: Fall of a City)
  • Ceelia - Played by Karen Connell (Vikings)
  • Esmie - Played by Kerry Fox (Conversations with Friends, Last Tango in Halifax)
  • Bjorn - Played by Fehinti Balogun (I May Destroy You, Dune)
  • Niall - Played by: Misha Butler (Kiss Me First)
  • Penelope - Played by Liz White (Unforgotten, Brexit: The Uncivil War)
  • Mercury - Played by Róisín Murphy (award-winning musician)

The cast of the Half Bad adaptation includes some recognisable stars including Titans actor Jay Lycurgo, Domina’s Nadia Parkes as Nathan and Annalise and Motherland’s Paul Ready as Soul.

It also includes some screen newcomers and Moloko pop star Róisín Murphy as Mercury.

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What is the Half Bad series about?

The award-winning Half Bad trilogy was set in modern-day England and was about warring factions of witches living alongside humans. One particular teenager, Nathan, is trapped between the two sides.

His father is the world’s most powerful and cruel witch, his mother is dead and he’s seen as an asset and threat by both factions.

Netflix has promised the TV series will have a mix of “magic, sarcasm, banter, potions in zip-lock bags, hunters, romance, loyalty and unbreakable friendship…it’s a truly f****d up ride”.

It will follow Nathan’s journey of self-discovery and survival alongside mischievous Annalise and the charismatic Gabriel.

Who is making the Half Bad TV series?

If you weren’t excited already, the team behind The Bastard Son points to this series being a must-watch.

It was written by Joe Barton, the creative mastermind behind The Lazarus Project and Giri/Haji. The show's directors include Black Mirror’s Colm McCarthy, and Andy Serkis is among the executive producers.

Who is doing the soundtrack?

In yet further signals that The Bastard Son is going to be awesome, it has been revealed that British electro-pop group Let’s Eat Grandma are in charge of the entirely new score.

Let’s Eat Grandma are duo Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, who have released three critically acclaimed albums include 2022’s Two Ribbons.

Watch The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself on Friday, 28 October on Netflix