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Vampires, ghosts and werewolves

03/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The BBC is busy making a drama comedy called Being Human, think Friends with monsters, which looks at the friendship between three 20-something monstrous outsiders trying to find their way in the world.

Starring a cast of actors such as Guy Flanagan (Totally Frank), Andrea Riseborough (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley), Russell Tovey (The History Boys) alongside Adrian Lester (Hustle), Being Human explores what its like trying to find where you fit into the grand scheme of things when you live with an unusual affliction...

Mitchell (Flanagan) and George (Tovey) are two 20-something lads who, like any of their peers, would love to hit the town, pull girls and spend evenings down the pub. Mitchell is a hospital cleaner, good looking, laid back and a hit with the ladies. Oh, and he's a blood sucking vampire.

Mitchell's friend George works in the same hospital as a porter. He's an awkward but loveable geek who was befriended by Mitchell two years ago. George was heartbroken after he had to move away from the love of his life; he had to leave before she discovered that at every full moon, he sprouts a snout, grows a very hairy back and transforms into a werewolf.

Having had enough of sleeping in hostels and temporary accommodation, Mitchell and George decide to get a flat together where they can indulge in their love of beer, pizza and watching TV. They just want to have a go at being normal - being human. Annie (Riseborough) is their uninvited lodger. When the guys moved into their new creepy abode they were not expecting to share it with a ghost with a confidence crisis.

Annie used to live in the flat with her boyfriend but following a fatal accident and now suffering from a distinct lack of self esteem, she can't move on. So, she spends her time wandering around the house, making cups of tea she can't drink and scaring away anyone who dares try to move into her home. But when George and Mitchell move in Annie's surprised to find two new friends who are as unusual and weird as she is.

Executive producer for Touchpaper Television Rob Pursey told SFcrowsnest.com: "Being Human is a warm, funny, aspirational drama with an irresistible twist. Mitchell, George and Annie are supernatural creatures but they are desperate be a part of a life we all take for granted. It's an exciting and contemporary take on friendship and finding your way in the world. Toby Whithouse's witty, emotionally powerful script makes these three misfits come alive even though they're far from human."

Being Human is commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three and Jane Tranter, Controller of BBC Fiction and produced by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group. It is written by Toby Whithouse (Hotel Babylon), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures), directed by Declan O'Dwyer (Wire In The Blood) and executive produced by Rob Pursey (The Queen's Sister) and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama for BBC Wales.

Filming has started on location in Bristol for transmission on BBC Three in 2008.

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