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Nightvisiting was the third episode of Class. It was written by Patrick Ness, and directed by Ed Bazalgette.


London is infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones.

Tanya has an unexpected visitor come to her window in the dead of night — and she's not the only one, as Ram and Miss Quill face their own startling visitors.

Confronted with these emotional encounters, the team must overcome the persuasion of this strange new threat and battle through the streets to stop Tanya from being lost forever.


On the two-year anniversary of Tanya's father's death, she is visited by a creature resembling him in her bedroom. Although at first doubting that it is really occurring (believing she is hallucinating), the creature seems to have legitimate memories of their time together and appears to be real. The creature attempts to persuade her to take his hand, which he claims will relieve her of her grief.

Meanwhile, Andrea Quill is visited by a similar creature which claims to be her sister. Although Quill is sceptical of this, the creature offers her a gun and states that taking it will allow her to use weapons once again. At the same time, Charlie and Matteusz have sex and confess their love for one another.

Ram also receives a "nightvisit" from his late girlfriend Rachel while video calling with April. Both Ram and April leave their houses in fear and meet outside. While trying to work out what the "nightvisits" are, April reveals that her father attempted to kill himself by driving his car off a bridge when she was 8, while both her and her mother were in the car (which is what caused her mother's paralysis).

The creature with Quill eventually reveals that the "nightvisitors" are an organism called the Lankin that feasts on the grief of people and kills them in the process. Quill destroys her branch of the Lankin by making Charlie stab it with a screwdriver. She then claims that she knew the Lankin was a fake from the beginning, as "no one insults the memory of [her] sister by making her nice." Quill, Charlie and Matteusz then decide to help the others defeat the Lankin.

Ram and April find a series of tentacles stretching across London that they believe to be the Lankin leading out of Coal Hill and they notice that one tentacle is leading to Tanya's flat. They follow it to attempt to warn her.

Meanwhile, Tanya is still struggling to believe that the Lankin is her father. As time passes, the Lankin appears to become more aggressive and forceful, which only strengthens Tanya's belief that he is not real. Ram and April arrive and warn her not to take the Lankin's hand. Tanya seemingly ignores them and grasps the Lankin. However, the Lankin is unable to feed off her grief as she feels more anger towards her father for leaving her than she does grief for losing him. Eventually, the Lankin is poisoned by Tanya's anger but not weakened enough.

To destroy the Lankin threat, Quill steals a bus and rams the tentacles, breaking them and causing the Lankin to withdraw back into the Rift. Charlie announces that Matteusz will be living with him and Quill, and April and Ram bond over the time they have spent together.



General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

Make-up and prosthetics


General post-production staff

Special and visual effects


Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.


Coal Hill School[]


  • In the acceptance letter from Coal Hill School, Tanya's address is revealed to be Flat 15 at Clarendon House, St James's Place, London.
  • Matteusz's parents threw him out of their house. His mother almost accepted him liking boys, but his father was too stubborn.
  • Miss Quill had a sister called Orla'ath.
  • In shock of seeing Rachel Chapman, April exclaims "Holy Mother of Kanye", in reference to Kanye West.
  • The image of Jasper says Tanya's grief was like a Siren song.
  • The image of Orla'ath says that the Lankin bring the souls of the dead to Heaven. Quill says it sounds like Hell.
  • Matteusz confesses that he loves Charlie.
  • Orla'ath and Andra'ath tried to kill each other in the nest. A way of knowing who is strongest.
  • Jasper and Tanya once watched the Regimental Horses in Hyde Park.
  • April says that after the incident in her father's car, people treated her and her mum like glass figurines.
  • Charlie sees a near-image of his parents. Matteusz asks if that often happens after sex.


  • The Lankin can't be cut. If cut, they just grow back together.
  • Quill compares the Lankin to chameleons.

Anatomy and physiology[]

  • When Charlie hesitates on stabbing the Lankin image, Quill sarcastically asks if he thinks the Lankin root on the back of the image of Orla'ath is just "really bad phlegm".


Food and beverages[]

  • Bottles of Fanta, Pepsi, Schweppes and Dr Pepper, as well as a KitKat stand, can be seen in the shop which Ram enters.
  • At a family dinner in one of the flashbacks, Tanya is drinking apple juice, and Jasper is trying to serve her salad.
  • On the morning of the Adeolas' visit to Jasper's grave, Tanya is eating cornflakes.

Popular culture[]

  • Quill reads The Hunger Games, and wonders whether the events depicted really happened.
  • Tanya and her brothers play the video game Destiny.
  • Charlie refers to the show Take Me Out as an example of the human sense of humour.



  • Ram attempts to keep his football in the air.


Story notes[]

  • The song "Nightvisitor", heard during the flashback on Jasper Adeola, was specially adapted by Jim Moray from "Nightvisiting", an earlier song of his, for Class. He released the song as a single on 29 October 2016, the same day on which Nightvisiting was broadcast. With this episode, Jim Moray also becomes the first person to receive an on-screen credit for writing and performing an original song.
  • The Lankin is named after the song "Long Lankin" by Jim Moray. The song itself was an adaptation of the 15th century Scottish ballad "Lamkin".


Filming locations[]

  • Pinewood Studios Wales
  • Roath Lock Studios
  • The Crescent, Conway Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff


Date Time Channel Notes
Monday 16 January 2017 22:45 BBC One except Northern Ireland & Northern Ireland HD
Monday 16 January 2017 23:20 BBC One Northern Ireland & Northern Ireland HD only

Production errors[]

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Home video releases[]

DVD releases[]

  • Nightvisiting was featured in the series one DVD boxset, which was released in the UK (Region 2) on 16th January 2017, followed by a Region 1 release on 11th July. The Region 1 release contained an additional blooper reel and various deleted scenes that were not present on the Region 2 release.

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