Review: Being Human (BBC3)

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Following the lives of the twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, vampire and ghost – Being Human was first transmitted in February 2008 as a 60-minute special as a part of BBC Three’s drama pilot season.

Popular with viewers and critics alike, the pilot peaked at nearly 450,000 viewers whilst gaining rave reviews and online petitions begging for a series to be commissioned.

Russell Tovey reprises his role as the lovable George, battling with his double identity as a mild-mannered and geeky hospital porter who for one night a month is transformed into a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf.

Aidan Turner plays the good-looking and laid-back Mitchell who, in contrast to George, has the gift of the gab and an easy confidence with the ladies. But he is also a blood-sucking vampire struggling with going cold-turkey from the blood he craves.

Completing the flat-share trio is Annie, played by Lenora Crichlow, a talkative ghost lacking in self-confidence and desperate for company. Annie is still pining after her fiancé, whom she was due to marry before the fatal accident that left her with her ghostly affliction – and who happens to be the landlord of their flat.

The series follows the trio as they do their best to live their lives as normally as possible despite their strange and dark secrets.

But with unwelcome intruders into their world, rumblings about an impending revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the usual issues faced by young people surrounding love, work and mates – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other. Source: BBC

I quite enjoyed this. Fairly eccentric stuff – it was a cross between This Life, Casualty and Interview with a Vampire. Theree twenty-somethings sharing a house together in Bristol. The two guys work in a hospital and the girl stays in the house.

George, the werewolf:

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Mitchell, the vampire.

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Annie, the ghost.

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This is the first thing I’ve watched on BBC3 as I tend to not watch comedy. This definitely wasn’t a ‘comedy’ in the usual sense of the word but it did have a humorous streak running through it which worked pretty well. Also a fair amount of gore and drama.

The emerging plot line is that of the wider vampire population wanting to take over the rest of society (at least I think that’s what it was).

Anyway, quirky enough to watch next Sunday evening as 9pm is when I do the week’s ironing and having something half decent to watch whilst doing it is important!

Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer and Being Human page on BBC website.

PS The snapshot of episode 1 which appears on the front of iPlayer is downright scary!!

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11 Responses to Review: Being Human (BBC3)

  1. Vic says:

    Was busy watching bones and missed your tweet saying this was about to be on. Will have to download it now and settle in to watch it tomorrow night.

  2. Derek says:

    damn vampires! seems like they are always trying to take over society, innocent girls or new orleans!

    sounds like an interesting show. hopefully it will show up on BBC America one of these days.

  3. Craig says:

    I definitely want to see this. Looks good!

  4. Did they replace the actress for the role of Annie?

  5. Milo says:

    Vic – is repeated several times throughout the week I believe (fairly late at night) on BBC3.

    Derek – they get everywhere don’t they???

    Craig – up your street, for sure!

    Capricorn – yes, I believe so, though I didn’t watch the pilot last year.

  6. Tam says:

    We don’t get this show. :-( We never get anything good. Well, almost never. The Queen doesn’t love us anymore or she’d make sure her loyal subjects get good shows to watching in the dead of winter. Sigh.

  7. Michael B says:

    Well, here’s hoping…. I absolutely loved the pilot last year. Quirky and charming in equal measures, it was a nice contrast to the Buffy knockoffs we’ve been seeing for the last decade. I’m hoping the cast changes haven’t hurt it any.

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