Back in July, during the virtual San Diego [email protected], Amazon Studios released a beguiling teaser for Truth Seekers, the forthcoming sci-fi/horror/comedy series starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It looked like a lot of fun—how could you go wrong with a reunion of Pegg and Frost? The full trailer just dropped, and it definitely reinforces that positive first impression. We also now have a release date: Amazon will screen the first two episodes at the Canneseries festival on October 10 and will release the full series on Prime Video on October 30, 2020.
As we reported previously, the series was created by Pegg, Frost, James Serafinowicz, and Nat Saunders. It's envisioned as a cross between The X-Files and the British TV series Arthur C. Clarkes Mysterious World. Each of the eight episodes will focus on a specific paranormal incident, a throwback to a classic monster-of-the-week format. Rather than going with pure spoof, Truth Seekers will apparently take its horror aspects seriously.
Per the official synopsis:
Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. However, as they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.
Frost plays Gus, described as a lonely guy with a boring job installing broadband, who moonlights as an amateur paranormal investigator. Pegg has a somewhat smaller role (in terms of screen time) as Gus' rather paranoid boss, Dave, who may or may not be up to something suspicious.
The rest of the cast includes Gus' fellow ghost hunters: Gus' cantankerous father, Richard (THE Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange, Bombshell), Astrid (Emma D'Arcy, Hannah), Gus' co-worker Elton (Samson Kayo, Dolittle), and Helen (Susie Wokoma, Year of the Rabbit, Enola Holmes). Julian Barratt (In Fabric) plays Dr. Peter Toynbee, who seems to have some dubious occult leanings.
The new trailer opens with Dave meeting with his "No.1 installer," Gus, and giving him the task of training up the new guy, Elton. Gus is far from thrilled: "The last thing I need is some clueless millennial mouth breather cluttering up my van." That's when we see Elton is also sitting in on the meeting. It doesn't seem like the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but then Elton sees what seems to be a ghost on one of their broadband service visits.
That's when Gus tells him about his side gig as a ghost hunter, specifically the host of a low-budget YouTube series called Truth Seekers. Elton wants nothing further to do with ghosts, but then Astrid stops their van in a panic. She insists she's being chased by ghosts and asks for their help. The rest of the trailer gives a tantalizing taste of the kinds of specters we can expect our ragged band of amateur ghost hunters to encounter—more "malevolent entities" than mere restless spirits. One thing's for sure: if an incantation needs to be cast, it'll be poor Elton who gets stuck with drinking the tepid urine.
Truth Seekers debuts on Amazon Prime on October 30, 2020.