BBC announces final series of ‘Being Human‘
Its been rumoured for a while, but BBC Three has now confirmed supernatural drama, ‘Being Human‘ is to end after its current series in an apocalyptic end – with our heroes facing their toughest adversary yet… the Devil!
The series which first aired in 2008, sees a trio of a Vampire, Werewolf and Ghost, attempting to live normal lives among humans. Series 4 saw a cast change after original stars Aiden Turner (117-year-old vampire Mitchell) who stars as a dwarf in The Hobbit movies; Russell Tovey, (George, a reluctant werewolf with an extraordinarily high IQ); and Lenora Crichlow, (Annie, a murdered woman who returns as a ghost who saved the world at the end of series four). Damien Molony, Michael Socha and Kate Bracken took over the mantle as the new supernatural trio.
Guest stars have also included, Mark Williams, Mark Gatiss, Steven Robertson, Donald Sumpter, Lacey Turner, Nicola Walker and Robson Green, to name a few.
The dark-humoured drama is Written and created by Toby Whithouse and has gained a loyal audience and fanbase, with a ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million. The drama has also picked up: The Writer’s Guild Award for ‘Best TV Drama Series’ in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and ‘Best Drama Series’ at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.
Rob Pursey, the show’s executive producer, Touchpaper says: “Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we’ve been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It’s a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way.
“I’d like to take the chance to thank Toby for his incredible writing and storytelling; the other screenwriters who’ve made the series their own; the three producers who’ve nurtured the show; and the many directors who’ve helped us establish the show’s unique tone. Being Human has also opened the door to new acting talent, including some incredibly exciting younger actors, which is a legacy we all feel proud of. We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television.”
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, says: “Being Human has been a fantastic and faithful friend to BBC Three. It’s featured some truly exceptional actors and storylines through the years and I’d like to thank Toby and the production team for their vision and passion. However, all good things come to an end and at BBC Three we’re committed to breaking new shows and new talent and who better to pass that baton on than Toby.”
Series five sees our supernatural trio facing their own personal demons, and matters become more complicated with the return of Mr Rook (Steven Robertson), the shady figure whose government department protects the human world from otherworldly beings.
But Vampire Hal (Damien Molony), Werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) don’t realise they face a bigger threat than the Men in Grey, when they stumble across the decrepit and repulsive Captain Hatch (Phil Davis) who unknown to our trio, is the Devil himself and has been trapped in human form for centuries!
Now the father of all evil is just itching to inflict chaos on mankind, but can our heroes survive the oncoming Armageddon unscathed?
‘Being Human’, continues Sundays at 10pm on BBC Three.
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