Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Being Human

Being Human is a relatively new offering from BBC Three that I've discovered. The original Being Human pilot first aired on BBC Three in February 2008. It garnered such a positive response that the BBC gave a full series the green light. Series one was shown in 2009 and picks up from where the pilot finished (with some major cast changes). Each episode clocks in at a weighty 57 minutes.

To the outside world three flatmates share a house in Bristol and are regular twenty something year olds. However all is not as it seems.

George (Russell Tovey) is a mild-mannered hospital porter who, for one night a month; is transformed into a flesh-hungry and predatory werewolf. Mitchell (Aidan Turner) is a charismatic vampire who constantly struggles with going cold-turkey from the blood he craves. Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is a ghost desperate for company and is still pining after her boyfriend, whom she was due to marry before her fatal accident.

A werewolf, a ghost and a vampire sharing a house...It sounds like a bad kids TV show but after a few episodes i am absolutely hooked. It's refreshingly well written, tackles a jaded subject from an everyday perspective, isn't afraid to poke fun at itself and features a cracking soundtrack. Plus kudos for the use of prosthetics and animatronics rather than defaulting to CGI.

Watch the prequels below to learn more about the main characters

Annie’s Prequel:

Mitchell's Prequel:

George's Prequel:

Series two is due to air in January 2010. In the meantime you can watch and find out more by clicking:


Meadow said...

Hee, it sounds good! I have no TV, don't watch it. But whenever people whose views I respect recommend something like this, I determine to investigate the world of internet TV viewing.

And then I forget!

Green of Eye, Sharp of Claw said...

I haven't had a tv for a few years up until this week (after moving into a new place).It'll remain unused as 90% of the stuff shown is mindless garbage.

Internet TV and streaming is the way to do-no can pause as you need and you can pick what you watch.Def check this out,i really enjoyed it!

Lottie said...

I watched this a few months ago and really liked it. Im a sucker for silly supernatural dramas.

It took me a few episodes to come around the the change in actors after the plot and I still think the original Annie was better but I will be keeping an ear out for season two.

nursemyra said...

Looks good. I like True Blood too

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