Watch first trailer for BBC’s new ‘Dracula’ drama from makers of ‘Sherlock’

The first trailer for the BBC’s Dracula has arrived, just in time for Halloween.

Based on Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, the three new feature-length episodes have been written by Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Dracula began filming this spring in Slovakia and production wrapped in England in August.

The period drama series will be set in Transylvania in 1897 as the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

The official synopsis reads: “This retelling of the classic story follows Dracula from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendent and beyond.”

Joining Danish actor Claes Bang (Borgen) as Count Dracula are Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), John Heffernan (The Crown), Morfydd Clark (Patrick Melrose), Lujza Richter (Phantom Thread), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Youssef Kerkour (Jack Ryan) and Clive Russell (Game of Thrones).

Writer Steven Moffat previously commented: “There’s lots of things that are challenging about Dracula. Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult.

“That’s been the main challenge I think. But how we’ve handled [it], that you’ll have to wait and see.”

Warning: This 40-second teaser for Dracula is surprisingly scary!

Watch it here:

Dracula is expected to premiere in late 2019 or early 2020 on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix in the rest of the world.

The cast also features three former Sherlock actors – Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Aris and Sacha Dhawan.

The complete Sherlock DVD box set is available on Amazon.