05/11/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The dark fantasy/horror TV series Being Human is coming back to BBC 3 for a whole six-part series.
Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who, Kiss of Death) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) have been announced to star as flatmates trying to live normal lives despite very unusual afflictions in Being Human, a new six-part drama by Touchpaper Television for BBC Three.
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.
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.
Danny Cohen, a BBC controller, told SFcrowsnest, "Being Human has that rare and brilliant combination of humour and darkness which this talented cast will bring to life perfectly. There was a palpable buzz about the pilot and a real appetite for more amongst our audience, so I'm incredibly excited to see how our characters and their stories develop over this series."
Executive Producer for Touchpaper, Rob Pursey, added, "We were delighted with the audience reaction to the pilot of Being Human, and we're relishing the opportunity to explore Mitchell the vampire, George the werewolf and Annie the ghost over a series of six episodes. Our brilliant young cast bring real humanity to these other-worldly lead characters, as they try to 'be human' and fit in with our exciting and sometimes frightening world."
The commission of Being Human follows other drama commissions for BBC Three Drama. Whitey Phoo and Terry Action also return in Phoo Action next year.
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