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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 16:30 UK time, Thursday, 25 February 2010

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Take those hats off and get those heads bowed, because it's time to salute a true vampire legend... Ivan.

On the one hand, this titan of the vampire world has lived a life others only dream of, filled with action, adventure and the love of Daisy. But he's also seen more death and destruction than any of us could even imagine in our worst nightmares. At 237 years old, was it his time to go? And was it the death he deserved? Actor Paul Rhys gives us his thoughts on the passing of his beloved character.

And Ivan, it is with sadness that we must say farewell and raise a glass to you. Although, none of the hard stuff, of course...

Roll Kate Bush.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Ivan Nooooo

  • Comment number 2.

    Ooh thankyou BHP I do love you so =]

  • Comment number 3.

    Yay, new blog - well done Ewan, number 1 spot *winks*

    Will have a look at this 1 in a bit :)

  • Comment number 4.

    2. We do, thanks

  • Comment number 5.

    I cant watch just yet but YAY! :-D I love Ivan and is that an interview with Paul Rhys I spy?? Ooh Mr P you've just made a rather poorly girly very very happy thank you :-D cant wait to watch it in a bit woohoo...long live Ivan! (I think I miss him nearly as much as Herrick :-()

  • Comment number 6.

    it is true that Ivan seems in a war to chase death going where the chances of his end coming are high even in the prequel as the 'old ones' are running and hiding he doesn't seem at all put out at going somewhere he could die.
    also in the opening to ep7 when he offers Daisy the chance to be indestructible the saddness of that fact comes out in his performance

  • Comment number 7.

    6 all comments are based on hindsight

  • Comment number 8.

    Thanks BHP.....and there I was on previous blog>>!!

  • Comment number 9.

    I think Ivan /is/ a very noble person, just one who happens to kill humans. It's the distinction between vampire and human which is murky - Mitchell keeps trying to narrow the gap, but none of the rest of them have ever thought to do that. Ivan said everyone deserves a Daisy, but I'm going to go out on a limb and argue that every vampire needs a Josie, too.

  • Comment number 10.

    Ivan, you will be missed!
    Next time I'm in Argos, I'll think of you...

  • Comment number 11.

    I second that (10) Will miss Ivan- he was a great charater and Paul Rhys a great actor

  • Comment number 12.

    aww, i think im really guna miss Ivan, he was rather kool...

  • Comment number 13.

    rip ivan dude, oh my gosh 3 DAYS THREE HOLE DAYS thats like 72 hours
    *gasps* its to long (whiny voice) i need evil mitchell nooooooooow

  • Comment number 14.

    I'll leave my marathoin BH sessions till saturday i think whilst I nurse a hangover.

  • Comment number 15.

    I won't be able to watch the Ivan blog until around 11:00 pm tonight as I've got to pop out straight from work. So I won't know what any of you are on about until later on lol.

  • Comment number 16.

    Gonna miss Ivan-i loved his character!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Yeah thats what I plan to do- starting at series 1 (or the pilot if the link on the previous blog is still working) to ep7 series 2 =]] It's going to be goooooood lol

  • Comment number 18.

    I'm gonna be a dunce now but can we watch all the previous series 2 episodes on i-player or something?
    Gotta make a confession I've never seen the pilot lol.

  • Comment number 19.

    LO GR u still there?
    think the rising moons getting to all us BH bloggers

    473. Cheers 4 stag more concerned 4u (beware the stalkee on a full moon)

    475. Were/ Vamp puppies good twist, I wanT pick off the litter haha

    LBH - You were funny last night, worth being L8 for werk! :)

  • Comment number 20.

    18- yeah you can =] on series catch up

  • Comment number 21.

    Ivan was a great character, shame he wasn't around for a bit longer (in terms of how long we've "known him" cos obviously he's had a pretty long life lol) Hopefully a few flashbacks next series.

    You only get a split second to do save somebody else, like he saves Mitchell. I think it's the kind of thing you could only do if you "had it in you", if that makes sense. You wouldn't have time to reason it out... He's over a hundred years older than Mitchell, isn't he? So he saved a youngster :)

  • Comment number 22.

    Bye Ivan, we'll miss you.
    Just a thought, as this blog is called 'the death of Ivan', could this be 'the someone dies'?

  • Comment number 23.

    Now, this is the point where I hate being in another country. And the point where I beg BHP to put this video on youtube.. T_______T
    (and other behind-the-scenes too.. )

    9. singinggirl - I loved Ivan. I think everybody deserves a Ivan.

    And Paul Rhys is just amazing, I almost cried when I watched the prequel in ep7. He walking out the door into dangers, it was like watching him going away from the show.

    Ivan will surely be missed.

  • Comment number 24.

    scuse manners just catching up from late night, greetings all bloggers, I'm with you for 10 mins b4 I walk the pirahnas

    Ivan: You grew on me, your were OK for Vamp, but think "two hundred
    and tirty tree is a good age and you seemed a little weary at time
    R.I.H olde wise one

  • Comment number 25.

    17 ooo, lemme no if the pilot link is still working, and wat number posty-thing its on plz. :)

  • Comment number 26.

    19. Hi Lycan, in & out at the mo - sorting out the little fella too. How was work? Been wondering if you bit any of your customers ;)

    LOL ref: beware the stalkee on a full moon! Don't worry too much me & LBH going on the run on Monday (490, LBH) ;)

  • Comment number 27.

    25. You'll find them in the posts 380 and 383.
    Second one is still working, I just finished wayching it! *grins*

  • Comment number 28.

    26, GR u got a puppy?
    Dont run too far with LBH (get her to leave me her DVDS)
    Work Ok. Customers weren/t appetising enuff, but in a 2/3 days
    ....hmmmmmmm goood job i wont be working Sunday.

  • Comment number 29.

    28. LOL, yeah got a puppy. He's just down to bed - probably won't hear a peep out of him now til the morning!
    I'm not sure where LBH is running from, Cornwall? I'm in Kent. You may have to grab her DVD's as she runs past you & towards me lol
    Prob not a good idea to eat your customers. They'd probably only give you indigestion anyway & I'm sure you'll find something far tastier when the full moon is up ;)

  • Comment number 30.

    Evening bloggers...

    Ah, will miss Ivan...dangerous but an all-round good bloke, er, vamp... and yes, very noble and loyal to other vamps...I am eating an awful lot of humble pie here because although I enjoyed his character in the beginning I had doubts about him...it was only when I got to the third episode of S2 I thought hmmm, he's not necessarily the most dangerous one...Daisy's madder than him...and he was honest about not being able to give up the blood, too...

  • Comment number 31.

    27, thanks indil! :)

  • Comment number 32.

    Good to see a tribute to Ivan - one of the highlights of S2. I didnt like him at first - as he began by smacking Mitchell in the mouth - never did figure out why? - and threatening George - but he was then so world weary and witty - and he also helped Carl and supported Mitchell. He really did love Daisy in the end - despite him saying he had lost his feelings.
    and then of course he saved Mitchell - so we will all light a candle to him and say RIP - at last

    And a terrific actor - hope we might see at least one Ivan flashback in S3 - there are lots of years to choose from.

  • Comment number 33.

    Loved this little vid from Paul Rhys and actually found it quite moving....what an articulate actor he is....

    Ivan was my favourite addition to series 2 ....he had some of the best lines i think particularly in eps 6 and 7. Not terribly sure why he was prepared to let his wife 'get it on' with other vampires or werewolves even but maybe he thought that was the way to keep her happy.

    Yes...every vampire ( male ) should have a Josie...although it would help enormously if he could hang onto that Josie..! We never found out how long the relationship between Mitchell and Josie lasted...in some vid or other linked to series 1 we were told that they lost contact with each other after a while but no other explanation..we don't even know if they were living together.

  • Comment number 34.

    19 i was not funny i was stupidly tipsy!

    GR kent? im from plymouth... lets meet halfway and get a ferry outta here! hehehe

    awwwww i love ivan - thanx so much BHP for this blog :) love you muchly

  • Comment number 35.

    Yeah- Ivan had some great one liners! =]

  • Comment number 36.

    awwhh, Ivan was one of my Fave chacaters this series, he will be missed :) x

  • Comment number 37.

    33. i agree about how articulate Paul Rhys is but then i think i knew he would be from the way he played Ivan. did you notice how he always seemed so distant from the emotion (apart from with Daisy that is and even then it seemed indulgent and loving). I think he knew Mitchell had more years and 'life' still in him and that's why he saved him. I loved Ivan, he's the perfect counterpart to Daisy,the older, colder, more detached vampire to balance her emotional, passionate, feral self.They were a great couple.
    I would love some more Ivan back story, this is the stuff that fanfiction was made for (or pre prequels BHP??)

  • Comment number 38.

    33. also i think he didn't care about Daisy 'getting it on' with other people bc he knew that wasn't important. they were together forever and he was secure in that. I think he'd lived so long that he wasn't like humans, he'd evolved past it. not superhuman, just 'other'.

  • Comment number 39.

    34. lo LBH - does that me i get an early nite then?
    hows yer noggon now?

    29. Maybe jsut the odd political type? or bankers maybe...

    Just thought vamps may prefer to R.I.H. (Rest in Hell)

  • Comment number 40.

    39 - nope no early nite lol! i like to make people suffer :P head feelin tonnes better than it was... i really need to learn my lesson! hehehe

  • Comment number 41.

    Well I should be up late too - lots more work to do, good to know the blog will still be busy lol.

  • Comment number 42.

    41 thats good to hear :) lol... not the whole work thing ofcourse!

  • Comment number 43.

    Thankyou BH production for another great little video! Good to hear from Paul Rhys! I agree with Anglo, Dorina and Celticgrace: Ivan was a fantastic new character for series 2. It's just a shame he didn't last a little longer. I always knew (well, hoped) that Ivan was one of the good ones....and he was!!

    Thanks again!

  • Comment number 44.

    34. You're from Plymouth?!? Then you risked me going to live there for a few months! There was a chage I could come there but they decided I am going to Germany instead. Would have been funny. Especially after a couple of Guinesses (??)

  • Comment number 45.

    Awww {sniffle sniffle}

    Ivan we'll miss you!

  • Comment number 46.

    44 - noooooo! oh wow woulda been hilarious... u could have seen my stupidity up front lol! and it would have put u off returning to plymouth forever... so maybe it was for the best lol!! have u had a gd afternoon?

  • Comment number 47.

    46. - Yes thanks dear. Apart from the headache YOU gave me and i still have (apparently it's in love with me and doesn't want to let me go).

    Nice to read you all this evening!

    AmeliaRose - I have too work to do so I'll stay up late, but not as late as yesterday, tomorrow I have to get to work soon, and can't afford being all sleepy

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm really gonna miss Ivan - he really added something to the series much like Herrick did in the first. And I just loved that interview with Paul Rhys - he's just so lovely. And he's really really tall....he just towers over Mitchell......big sigh...

  • Comment number 49.

    It doesn't matter how many times I press the space bar there are never any gaps after my full stops!!

  • Comment number 50.

    47 - im ever so sorry about that... i never meant to pass it on :P lol

  • Comment number 51.

    (47) Glad to hear im not alone in that one, i'll just have lots of coffee tomorrow =]]

  • Comment number 52.

    thinking about that great early scene in the car park - which of course we saw behind-the-scenes vid of too tho Ivan was kept carefully out of it (nice 4am AT & RT instead!) -- two questions - did Mitchell "sixth sense" Ivan being there behind him? and did Daisy levitate?

    didnt know vampires could do either of those things?

  • Comment number 53.

    Randomising 4 anyone--- The demise of Ivan clip reminds me...... has anyone tried ringing the mobile number shown on Lloyd's phone? Could be a hidden clue OR some poor Sod has been force to change their mobile number.

    I've got 10 mins then back bout 9.30, anyone 4 a song b4 I go?

  • Comment number 54.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 55.

    52 - i think they do have a sixth sense... am in middle of watching series one... AGAIN... and in it, mitchell senses that lauren is behind him without actually seeing her... not sure about daisy tho.. sorryyy

  • Comment number 56.

    BH PROD & bloggers....

    Be afraid....be very afraid....

    Tomorrow evening....

    The 'old ones' will return....

  • Comment number 57.

    i thought he smelt him.....

  • Comment number 58.

    33. Dorina , I guess some people (& vampires) are just happy to live their lives like that. Ivan seemed quite happy to watch Daisy with George. Didn’t Herrick say something along the lines of “if you want a woman, have two. If you want a man take him” Perhaps that’s just vampire philosophy…

    34. LBH, aww is Lycan taking the micky? Bad Lycan! & sounds good to me. Where are we getting the ferry to? Not Italy, lol, we’ll be behind on the ep’s every time next series of BH (Unless we’re returning before it starts, in which case, Italy’s all good :)
    46. & we could have all met up in the middle & been stupid together!

    39. *whispers* Oh, go on then Lycan. Just don’t tell anyone I said you could ;)

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    i dunno then - i just assumed he sensed Ivan cos of what he was like with lauren...

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    (56) the old ones....? sounds creepy..... :D

  • Comment number 61.

    (56) good news!

  • Comment number 62.

    52. celticgrace, I re-watched that the other day & thought theat Mitchell sixth sensed him being there too. Tho I didn't notice Daisy levitating!

  • Comment number 63.

    NotWeirdButGifted: (56)....oh it'll be creepy alright...just not in the way you think...


  • Comment number 64.

    62 - she's standing behind the pillar just before she steps out and confronts George - I may be imagining it!

  • Comment number 65.

    58 - i know! Lycan is a meanie - iv only ever been nice!! :) and yeah lets go italy and while over we can change our identities - i'll cut my hair etc, then we can kidnap Indil and bring her back here before series 3... does that sound like a plan?! omg GR.... 3 days.... i feel poorly thinking about it!!

  • Comment number 66.

    Celticgrace: (61) Yes indeedy!

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    63 - whats happening tomorrow night... sounds ominous!!

  • Comment number 68.

    anglo - hi - thought it might have to wait until afer Sunday!

  • Comment number 69.

    (58)It was "You want a girl take 20, you want a boy go ahead- just give the place a bit of a hose down after" it was a very funny line lol =]
    3 DAYS =O so happy but sad too..

  • Comment number 70.

    Celticgrace (68) I'm hoping tomorrow night....but I will keep you all posted...

    I think the other bloggers may enjoy the old ones...don't you? Let's keep it our little secret for now...shall we?

    I really must see the dentist about my fangs...they just aren't performing as they should...need sharpening I think...

  • Comment number 71.

    (70) - has your dentist by any chance had a visit from someone called Cara recently? it might help someone in need?

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    52 she was crouching then stood up simples

  • Comment number 73.

    54. Oh, what was that post about, Lycan?

    56. Old ones anglo?

    65. Naughty Lycan, perhaps it’s because of the fast approaching full moon. Perhaps we should excuse him…Cool, sounds like a fantastic plan to me. I’d join you in cutting my hair, but if it’s too short to tie back I’ll end up looking like a bog brush & it will only draw attention to us! I know 3 days ain’t long, but then it will be all over. For a while anyway :(

    69. thanks AmeliaRose, I knew it was somethinglike that, but couldn’t remember the exact quote.

  • Comment number 74.

    Old bloggers, I guess

  • Comment number 75.

    72 - how mundane! - the Razor again - I often forget

  • Comment number 76.

    73 - if i cut mine to short it will turn into an afro!! we would probably be the most noticable people in italy... hmmm maybe just buy fake moustaches or something... and yeah ur right i'll forgive this once! lol! am very intrigued as to what anglo and celticgrace are on about- maybe im too nosy for my own good... lol... and 3 days and we will find out what will happen... am excited but have an underlying feeling of dread too!!

  • Comment number 77.

    no big people forget the razor then end up with tissue pieces all over their face.

    another reason aftershave is evil

  • Comment number 78.

    77 - possibly better than egg?

  • Comment number 79.

    56) yes be afraid...be very afraid...we are returning through the darkness...wait no thats doctor who...anglo help me out here...

  • Comment number 80.

    And on a similar note - Mr P any chance we can expect the pleasure of your company tomorrow night?? :-D or Phil or Sexy Geoff lol

  • Comment number 81.

    Now with just three days to go before we find out what part Ianto's sister has in the fate of the three (not to sure I got his name right but looked at IMDB and think thats who she was)

    what are we to do waiting with only life to distract us from such an important thing. we now must prepare against the despondency that could follow an hour later remember fellow bloggers there's still i player and wild theories on season 3 to sustain us in such a dark time.

    78 unless your allergic
    79 I thought the darkness was Torchwood talking about death? or is it in a DW trail?

  • Comment number 82.

    76. Best scrap the haircuts then. Otherwise the law will catch up with us in no time! I'm sure we'll be able to purchase some realistic moustaches from somewhere...
    I'm not convinced that Mitchell's going to get back on that wagon. Do you think he will be going to Wales with the others?

  • Comment number 83.

    Ouch! That's a lot to answer to!

    47. LBH - it's ok, as long as the headache goes away by tomorrow. I'd hate to workfor s with this ring around my head.
    Amelia - Yesss I vote for intravenous coffee!!

    52. celticgrace - I think they have a sort of sixth sense or enhanced senses, as he knew Ivan already he might have recognised his smell.

    56. anglo - the 'old ones' are invading the blog? sounds creepy but intriguing..too bad I'll get to read the blog only in the evening so I'll have to read through hundreds of posts to find out =)

    LBH&Ginger - if you come to Italy as fugitives you need to tell me, or will I just have to look for afro hair and fake mustaches? But if you want to take me to a place where I can see BH3 on time I won't complain too much, promise!

  • Comment number 84.

    anglo, haha, look forward 2 it. ;) :P (63)

  • Comment number 85.

    Eagle (79) Oh sorry I'd gone to find my nail file...useful for teeth too you know...

    (80) Definitely Barry P....are you here, Mr P?....speak to me...is there anybody there?....

  • Comment number 86.

    pity M's sixth sense wasnt working around Lucy - now his heart is broken and black again - sad, sad - is he a lost boy for ever?

  • Comment number 87.

    AAWWW B, D, C''/'/' p and lots more unprintabl;es my computermabob just died so im
    all behind like Georges tail .

    58. 65. GR / LBH im not really mean, just a bit Hairy.

    Anyone tried lloyds mobile? go onn go onn! I dare you!! hehe

    A few songs I dreamed up last night in my short hours of rest!! (now whos mean LBH)

    Kemp: Losing My Religion - REM

    Daisy and Mitch: Bodies – sex pistols
    :Stuck/Suck on you – Lionel Richtie
    Daisy: Stab your back (coroner mix) – the Damned
    Mitch: Smash it up (Coroners office) – the Damned

    Lucy BF: Liar - the Damned
    Lucy Loo – the Cult Maniax*
    Lloyd: Inflammable Material – SLF

    Train Guard/sparky: Sick things – Meteors

    George: Neat Neat Neat – the Damned
    Blue Moon - too many to mention
    Bark At the Moon – Ozzy Ozborne
    All in the “Facility”: Sanctuary – The Cult

    * LBH ever heard of these guys? Think they were from Exeter and played plym quite a bit when I were there.

    86.CG Lost Boys - excellent filum!

  • Comment number 88.

    82 - yes lets not worry about the hair we shall just go to Indil's and hide in her wardrobe or something... mitchell, mitchell, mitchell... i think he is going to go to wales, and i think (or hope) that something in ep 8 wil jolt him to reality and make him realise what he is doing.. not that that will help him become humane again, but just push him in the right direction...

    83 - no Indil, dont worry we will tell you, we need to use your place as a hideout lol.. yeah please dont complain... we will only be doing what is best for you... am determined to turn u into a stalker! hehe

  • Comment number 89.

    86. That's because I think it's more like enhanced senses than premonitions, that would be more Annie's cup of tea (lol)with reading Auras

  • Comment number 90.

    Going to rewatch ep 7 now and imagine that train carriage full of policicians and their evil minions. Ed Balls can be the one wth his guts in his lap!

  • Comment number 91.

    87 - its ok i forgive you :P ... i wasnt being that mean and u said it was worth it cos i was so 'funny' !! hehe
    fab song choices... almost as good as mine :P nah never heard of them... rubbish aint i lol

  • Comment number 92.

    90. senond that on FB. chuck in a banker or 2 for me hahaha!!!!

  • Comment number 93.

    89 - Annie seriously needs to start using the skills Sykes gave her!
    doesnt seem to have been much use to her with Kemp?

    still think M should have been a bit worried about compatability if not danger with Lucy spending all that time in the chapel? Though I suppose he's OK with George and his jewishness. Toby just loves odd things colliding!

  • Comment number 94.

    91. Just assure me u wont Go Phsycic agen and start switching my TV
    etc off,.... hey was that u crashing my computer just now?

  • Comment number 95.

    94 - well it was ur own fult for bein mean... maybe i went to far with the whole computer thing tho...... hmmmmm :P

  • Comment number 96.

    95. beware the judder man my dear!! and funny furry things on a full
    moon - tree days to go til sweetest revenge hehehe oooooOOOOwwwWWW!!!

  • Comment number 97.

    96 - fine i refuse to leave my flat until monday then :P hehe... come on.. didnt u find it a little bit funny? *looks angelic* :P

  • Comment number 98.

    89. agree. Sykes must have been in the series for some reason. I even thought he might come back in the showdown and by making the right choice saving the good guy finally accepting to pass over.. or something like that.
    Annie needs to do something with her powers, otherwise her storyline has been too fragmented and not much use untile now ( I hat to say it but at times I thought her potential has been wasted a little in this series)

    88. thank you, that's very reassuring.

  • Comment number 99.

    98 - i dont think u sound fully convinced.... hmmmmm

  • Comment number 100.

    93. 89. think our Annies skill will give us a good show on sunday when she really gets the hang of them..

    Random 1- Do werewolve have any prob with chapels, churches religious
    mularkey at all?
    2. anyone catch that vampire prog on bbc 3 tother nite? - got it recorded to watch l8er.


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