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It's heartening to see Being Human with so many five star reviews because that's exactly what it deserves. It's pretty much my favourite drama of the moment and when people try to justify the existence of BBC3 they shouldn't forget to mention this series as well as Gavin and Stacey! I'm currently ploughing through the box set of series 1-3 and already looking forward to series 4 which has been commissioned.
For those who don't know, Being Human centres around three twenty-something housemates and is an indefinable mixture of drama, comedy and the supernatural. George (a reluctant werewolf) and Mitchell (a vampire trying to give up the blood) move into the house where Annie used to live with her fiance. She's a ghost who (mostly) can't be seen by humans, but then George and Mitchell aren't human.
We follow the three in their day to day lives, trying to be as human as possible, while dealing with their "conditions" - the constant craving for blood and a gang of vampires intent on taking over the world (starting with Bristol, naturally) for Mitchell, avoiding detection and risk to other people at his time of the month for George, and finding out why she's still here and what she is capable of for Annie.
The plot is a mixture of day to day crises and rather less mundane supernatural antics, but throughout the three main characters and their relationship with each other remains central. And the three leads do sterling work. Ignore the picture above as only Russell Tovey (playing George) made it into the series (the photo above is from the pilot episode). He's a bit of a nerdy control freak - so losing that control once a month bothers him perhaps even more than it would anyone else! Tovey is great, - very funny but also very heartfelt. Annie the ghost is played excellently by Lenora Critchlow, and again does a great job portraying Annie's faltering confidence and ditziness. Aidan Turner is Mitchell - he does a good line in dark brooding, which is spends quite a lot of time doing. But he also has his comedy moments - the pathetic reaction of a vampire to being kicked in the shin is sheer quality, and his job interview in series 3 (with his "guardian angel" Annie in the room entirely putting him off - and for that matter making him wear a tie entirely out of place with the rest of his usual pretty grungy, gothy look) is brilliant. There's also a nice line in undermining his undeniable easiness on the eye - I particularly like the moments again from series 3 where he's referred to as the last Russell Brand in the shop, and hygiene standards are dissed by Adam the teenage vamp.
There are some great supporting cast members too (with the notable exception of whoever plays Lauren the girl Mitchell turns into a vampire at the start of the first series - crimes against acting!). Sinead Keenan plays the increasingly pretty thankless role of Nina - George's girlfriend, who becomes more of a player in later series - very well. And from the DVD extras she seems like an absolute sweetie - not much like Nina! There are some great cameos - in the third series notably Robson Green (who would've thought it?) as an itinerant werewolf and Lacey Turner as a dead girl giving tours of purgatory. But best of all, the brillian Jason Watkins as local leader of the vampires in Bristol - a terrifying and very funny portrayal of the banality of evil.
So that's my summary. I've tried to avoid all spoilers and so not gone into the plot too much because if you've got any sense and you haven't already seen it, you'll go out and get the boxset DVD tomorrow. Enjoy!
When it comes to British Drama, this is a cut above the rest. Being Human, is based on 3 main characters, George who is an unsuspecting Werewolf, Mitchell who is a very sexy vampire and Annie who is a beautiful ghost. All share a house in Bristol, which was initially the home of Annie, where she was murdered by her boyfriend.
George and Mitchell are able to live their normal lives, working in the their local hospital. Mitchell abstains from drinking the human blood that he craves and George removes himself from society on the night of the full moon to wreak havoc on as few humans as possible. Annie, as a ghost is unable to live the normal life and spends her days in the house where she met her end, ocassionaly venturing outdoors. Hers is a lonely existence because humans cannot see her (not in series 1 anyway)!
Being Human defines the emotions and cravings that we all have, even when we are not so human. It takes three different beings and creates a world in which they live and thrive as friends and house mates. It provides an emotional journey and adds humour into what is a horror but can be categorised in so many different ways.
Toby Whithouse, the writer has explored all angles of how people adjust to suddenly being different, and how they come to terms with the many aspects of losing their human attributes.
Season 2 is a little darker and introduces many more characters that surround all 3 of the main players and has some 'on the edge of the seat' endings that have you craving more.
I will be buying the box sets of this creative, well written and magical drama. If you missed the series on tv, do get it on DVD. Wonderful stuff.
I have just finished watching series two and was left with a lump in the throat, thinking it was all over, but series 3 is to come back with a bump or two in the night! Bring it on.
British drama at its best, this is one of the best TV series for a long time. Not a subject (vampires,werewolves and ghosts!) that would have an obvious appeal for me but has now turned into a must see.
I put this down to a quirky slant on a well worn subject , a touch of black humour and superb acting by Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner.
The second series has seen a drift to a more gruesome and dark storyline but despite the dirty deeds committed I still feel my sympathy lies with the main characters. I love Russell Tovey's portrayal of George, the well meaning werewolf. He has had me virtually living his pain, both physical and emotional, an extremely talented actor.
As for the brilliant Aidan Turner as Mitchell, what can I say, very easy on the eye with those brooding good looks and unkempt locks, phew, down girl. He got me hooked in Desperate Romantics as the artist Rossetti and has even more appeal as a sexy vampire just fallen off the wagon as it were.
I don't want to say too much about the plot because I personally hate to read too much about the storyline but watch it from series one and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Well we've just finished season two of Being Human. And I don't quite know how I feel.
Season 1 introduced us to Mitchell, George and Annie. A recovering vampire, an ashamed werewolf and a bubbly ghost respectivly. And we fell in love with them, they were funny, they made mistakes, they loved, they hurt, they were human in every aspect. And the finale of season 1 was so absolutly perfect that it drove me insane to wait for season 2. But wait I did.
And I'm not sure it was worth it. It's got a lot darker, and that's good because after the end of season 1 it had to. The comedy is still as spot on and wry and the characters are still about as loveable as they once were, though at times it's a little shaky. But it felt like too much had changed. It all seemed too forced and backwards. It didn't feel true to what they'd built in the first series and I'm not sure I want to watch season 3. I most likely will, but I won't be salivating for it like I did season 2. Even though Mitchell will still be dreamy.
All in all in a media environment awash with vegetarian vampires and werewolves (or variations of) Being Human is the only programme of that genre that doesn't make me want to scream.
All in all if you're considering watching this programme, please start with series one. Because I have the feeling that if you watch season 2 then go back to season 1 you'll be disappointed with the change of pace and maybe even be disappointed in season 2.
All in all it's a well made, very entertaining and at times incredibly gripping British programme based in good ol' Bristol so you should probably give it a go - if only to support our fledgling industry!
Being Human is a British, drama-comedy series being shown on Sundays at 9pm on BBC3. We are now on the second series and I have watched every episode to date, except for the pilot.
Being Human's story, revolves around a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost, all in their twenties, trying their hardest to live a normal human life, in exceptionally unusual circumstances. They share a flat and a strong friendship and try to support each other in their quest for a near normal life.
Annie (Lenora Crichlow), is a ghost and is the original resident of the house they all share. The house was bought my Annie and her fiancee, Owen and they moved in there together. Owen was a bully, he was also possessive, controlling and violent. In a fit of rage, he hit Annie and she fell backwards, down the stairs, suffering fatal injuries to her skull. She was left in limbo, with unfinished business and had nothing better to do, than terrify any new tenants who moved into the property. That was until two unusual new tenants arrived on the scene.
Mitchell (Aidan Turner), is a vampire with a difference - he does not drink blood. He has also befriended a werewolf, who are normally hated, ridiculed and persecuted by vampires. He also works as a hospital porter alongside his new friend.
Mitchell is tired of the killing and has purposely alienated himself from the vampire community. He is though, famous among vampires for his ability to kill and is held in high regard. Unfortunately for him, this means his fellow vampires won't give him up without a fight.
Out walking one night, he comes across a gang of vampires, attacking George (the werewolf) and intervenes to save his life. He and George become firm friends and decide to flat share together and try to live a normal life.
George (Russell Tovey), is a werewolf and a bit of a geek. While on a walking holiday in Scotland, George was attacked by a werewolf and now every month, when the full moon rises, George transforms into a killer. He has now invested in a cage which is in his bedroom. Each month he locks himself in there, to prevent anyone being killed.
Before becoming a werewolf, George was a language teacher and although a bit geeky, it's obvious he is a highly intelligent man. He now finds himself working as a hospital porter and has a hard job coming to terms with the werewolf within.
We are now in series two of Being Human and I have watched these characters develop and fill out. I do really like all three characters and find myself caring a great deal about what happens to them.
Each of them have found romantic relationships and subsequently lost them. They have had their hearts broken, changed other peoples lives, fallen off the wagon (in Mitchell's case), been forced to kill to survive (both Mitchell and George) and have tried hard to remain friends and support each other throughout.
The storyline is absorbing and every week brings a new challenge. There is definately nothing boring about Being Human.
If you like something a bit different and enjoy a laugh, as well as a cry, you should take the time to tune in. It really is one of the best series on at the moment and I wouldn't miss an episode!
I never watched the first series of Being Human. For some reason I decided from adverts that it was a comedy programme. However when they started advertising for series 2 I thought I would give it a go. Being Human is a one hour programme currently showing at 9pm on a Sunday on BBC3. It is repeated a couple of times throughout the week and I think previous episodes can also be watched on the BBC iplayer.
The original idea for the show is fairly basic; two guys and a girl sharing a house in Bristol. What is slightly different is that the housemates are Mitchell the vampire, George the werewolf and Annie the ghost.
Mitchell isn't your average blood sucker. He can go out in the day, doesn't kill people for food and holds down a job at the local hospital. Aidan Turner who plays him does a really great job. Mitchell has taken a turn for the worse since a devastating fire that killed many of his kind that he was trying to keep on the straight and narrow. He is now on the warpath and I think the flip side of his character has been portrayed really well. The emotional and physical aspects of this character are both believable and disturbing.
George is adjusting well to his new life that appears with the full moon. At first he would escape to the woods for the change but he kept waking up naked in compromising positions. He has now built a cage in his bedroom so he can lock himself away for the night. At the beginning of the series his girlfriend Nina became infected and although at first she hid it from him, when George found out they couldn't keep their relationship on track. Both Russell Tovey and Sinead Keenan who play these characters have done an excellent job, I could feel the tension, hurt and guilt that they were both feeling.
Annie has spent most of the series giving George moral support whilst trying to keep her spirit in this realm. A door keeps appearing and it tries to take her to the other side but she isn't quite ready. She tries to stay happy and Lenora Critchlow who plays her has brought a lighter element to the show. This adds much needed breaks from the darker and more sinister elements of the show.
I sometimes find that in shows related to the supernatural the stories are very far fetched and the plot goes from one disaster to another. This is different; I can really imagine that if these creatures existed this is how they might live. They are trying to fit in to the community and don't try to draw attention to themselves. The way they conduct themselves in public is believable and I think the writers have tried to keep the characters genuine to both their human and monster sides.
I was quite shocked at how realistic the special effects are. This is particularly evident when the werewolves transform. The change is done gradually and the viewer can see the whole thing occur, something that other shows tend to shy away from.
The first couple of episodes were fairly light and easy going. As the series has progressed, it has definitely got darker and more sinister. The penultimate episode which was shown last night was quite scary and there were some scenes that were a little disturbing even for me.
I have been really taken in by this programme. Although I didn't see the first series, I think I have caught up fairly well with what is going on. There is one character that Mitchell refers back to occasionally and I assume he was present before, but other than that I haven't had any problems keeping up. The final episode is going to be shown on Sunday 28/02/10 and I can't wait. The plotline has been building up for the last couple of weeks and I am anticipating a big finale. I hope it comes back for a third series as I have really enjoyed this one.
Somewhere in Bristol, there's a house. Three twenty-somethings live in that house - Mitchell, a vampire trying to kick the (blood) habit, Annie, a cheerful ghost and George, a neurotic and nerdy werewolf.
The pilot episode was shown in 2008, as part of the rebranding of BBC3. Pilots of six new shows were broadcast, but Being Human was the only one to develop into a full series. Series one (consisting of six hour-long episodes) began airing in early 2009.
Russell Tovey (playing George) was the only actor to star in the pilot and the series. Mitchell, originally played by Guy Flanagan, is played by Aidan Turner in the series, and Annie, originally played by Andrea Riseborough, is played by Lenora Crichlow. The recasting was definitely a good thing, in my opinion - there's much more chemistry betwee the three leads in the main series than there was in the pilot.
In series one, George and Mitchell (who met when Mitchell saved George from some other vampires) are living in a house in Bristol, owned by Owen. Annie, who was Owen's fiancee, also inhabits the house - she died there and hasn't been able to pass over due to unfinished business.
Being Human is a fantastic mix of drama and comedy. Annie's naive but cheery personality, George's sarcasm and bumbling attempts to cover up the truth and Mitchell's one liners make for some great moments, and even in some of the darker, more dramatic scenes, there are little moments of comedy (a favourite of mine is the scene where Annie and George are in the funeral home trying to bring Mitchell back, and George calls himself and Annie 'the gayest ninjas in the world'). Like I said earlier, there's some incredible chemistry between the three main characters and this leads to some very touching moments, particularly towards the end of series one, when Mitchell is preparing to fight Herrick (the lead vampire). The friendship between the three characters is very relatable and certainly one of the most important concepts in the series.
As the series progresses, we see the characters develop. George enters into a relationship with a nurse, Nina, from the hospital he and Mitchell work at. He also saves the day at the end of the series, which is a major turning point for him. Mitchell fights to balance his cravings for blood with his morals - he doesn't like killing and just wants to live like a human. Annie becomes more confident and starts being able to control her powers, inadvertently helps another ghost pass over, then learns the truth about her death and stands up to her murderer. Her 'door' appears, giving her the chance to pass over, but she turns down the opportunity in the name of friendship (I don't want to give too much detail about exact plot points here as I don't want to spoil the series).
The trio are trying to live inconspicuously and appear as humans, and there are some interesting juxtapositions between the 'monsters' and the actual humans. In one episode, the neighbours turn violent and their behaviour as humans is far, far worse than the behaviour of the supernatural beings. The ghost, vampire and werewolf seem to display far more human qualities (such as friendship and compassion) than the actual humans.
Series two, which is currently showing, is much darker than series one and I'm not sure this is a good change. The characters have changed a little after the events of the last series, particularly George, and some of the comedy seems to have disappeared a little. It's still an excellent programme, but in the first series, there was much more focus on the relationship between the three leads, and there were more scenes with the three of them in the house. These were some of my favourite parts, as they always combined humour and compassion, and it's a little disappointing that there aren't as many anymore. That's the only reason Being Human doesn't score five stars in this review.
I'm not generally a fan of supernatural or fantasy programmes, but Being Human is definitely the exception to that rule. While the fantasy and horror aspects are obviously present, there's such a warm and...well, human side to the programme which makes it really accessible to people like me while still appealing to supernatural fans.
Being Human is a series that comes on BBC 3 on a Sunday evening at 9pm. It is about these three young people who live together in a flat and they all have something different about them.
Mitchell is played by Aidan Turner (who was in Desperate Romantics and played Dante) and he is a vampire. He is no ordinary vampire though, he wants all vampires to curb their craving for blood and has set up a meeting like AA for vampires. He works at the local hospital and has recently got friendly with a female doctor there who he wants to get involved with romantically but you find she is not all she seems to be.
George is played by Russell Tovey and is a werewolf who hates it when he changes and tries everything to stop him hurting other people. His latest thing is to have a cage built in the flat where he locks himself up on full moons but the after effects of going without the change makes him keep getting moody and he keeps swearing all the time when he doesnt mean to. This makes it quite funny as he has just got himself a new girlfriend and he suddenly shouts out something while they are out together. She doesnt know about his hidden affliction.
Annie, played by Lenora Chrichlow, is a ghost and is a really funny character. She had a job in the local pub as a bar main until she could no longer be seen and then she had to have lessons to help her stay away from going over to the next life.
The three friends live together and support each other and try to live a "normal" existence as human beings. Their enemies are Professor Jaggat and Kemp who are Christians who think that they should either exterminate them or do experiments on them to make them human. They think that Werewolves have some evil gene in them making them turn and they catch them and place them in this tunnel thing to try to experiment on them. They are also the ones trying to make all the ghosts go to the other side and also they are trying to get rid of the vampires altogether.
This is the second series of Being Human, I didnt see the first, in fact I had never heard of it until I saw an advert for the new series when it was starting and thought I would give it a go.
I really enjoy watching this show, its funny in parts and the characters are all so loveable you really are rooting for them. The special effects are good too when the were wolves are changing.
If you have missed any of the series it is still available to watch on the BBC I Player at the moment.
Being human is a great British drama - comedy! It is broadcast on BBC 3. The first series was aired last year and the new series has started early this year! There have been fourteen episodes made, along with one pilot episode. The average run time is about an hour for each episode.
*Characters* - series one
John Mitchell - He is a sophisticated vampire who is trying to get along with the people in the community he lives in and the people he works with. Mitchell works at the local hospital as a porter with his slightly unusual and self conscious friend George Sands who is a werewolf! The pilot episode shows how each of the characters became how they are now, and Mitchell was bitten by another vampire during the First World War. During his years before he met the other two main characters Mitchell led a high octane life, meeting people, loving people and... Killing people! He was quite the hero in the dark vampire world with a stud like reputation. He then abandoned the vampire world to try a live a normal life as possible, by only killing a few people and drinking the blood from the stores in the hospital. Mitchell said in one episode that he is 100 years old; he is not like other vampires, as he can go out in the sun, not turn all vampy with the sight of blood and he appears to the naive community to be almost normal!
George sands - He is very socially shy but he is a very nice guy, well as nice as werewolf's can be! He is very intelligent and he can speak a few different languages. George became a werewolf while on holiday in Scotland, while out on a walk with another tourist he got scratched by a werewolf and survived but the other American tourist died. He is in denial about his 'condition' as it only happens once every month, in which he transforms and loses all of his clothes and he has to go out into the woods to change so no one sees him and so he doesn't hurt anyone. But in one episode he forgets and he transforms in the house that the three of them share and he wrecks the place! After becoming a werewolf, George left his family and friends and his fiancée. He works with Mitchell in the hospital, he starts to develop a relationship with a work mate and he is very cautious because of his condition and he tries to end the relationship.
Annie sawyer - She is a ghost who haunts the house that she previously lived in with her fiancée and she can not move to the 'other side' until the truth is revealed about her lover! She stays in the same clothes that she died in. It is thought that Annie died after an unfortunate accident with her fiancée but that may not be the whole truth! Annie's ability to be seen depends on her own state of mind, but George and Mitchell can see her all the time. But her previous fiancé and now their landlord can not see her until he has admitted the truth! She meets another ghost in one episode and in the end he admits that he loves her and then he is able to pass to the other side, he hasn't been able to pass to the other side until he met Annie! At the end of series one Mitchell is attacked by another vampire while Annie is saying good bye to pass through the door, but she doesn't and again at the beginning of series two she misses the opportunity to pass to the other side and now she can only be heard and seen by vampires and werewolf's
Other minor characters include:
Nina Pickering - a senior nurse who works at the hospital with George and Mitchell, and she has a short relation ship with George in series one.
Owen - their land lord and Annie's previous fiancée
Lauren - who loves Mitchell as he turned he into a vampire and she thinks that he has to look after her but he doesn't want to
Janey - Owens new girlfriend after Annie, and Annie tried to convince her that she is a ghost and what Owen might do to her!
I absolutely love this TV show, the first series is really great as it shows all of the stories of the characters and how they became they way they are. It also shows how they react with each other and the community and also how they cope with their individual situations! I like all of the characters, apart from Lauren who I find a bit whiny and annoying after a few episodes. I like Mitchell's character as he is smooth and sophisticated and I have seen him in desperate romantics and he is a really good actor! I also like George's character as he is very very funny, especially in the last episode of the first series, where Mitchell is in trouble with the vampire crew and George and Annie go to the funeral services (where the vampires are based) and they meet one vampire in the reception area and he gets George by the neck and Annie tries o throw a phone at him but it is attacked to the line, then she hits him with a chair and then George punches him with his 'girly arm' and knocks him but he then admits that his hand really really hurts and that it might bruise! Very funny and very well directed. Great music and acting through out!!!! A great British comedy drama! Well worth watching!
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D It is currently on BBC iplayer (series 2) and it is on BBC three as well!
The second series of this programme kicked off last night (Sunday 10th January 2010) on BBC3, and picked up where the last one had left off, just one full moon later. The 3 main characters are still present in the programme, and a few new faces have joined them. This series promises to be just as interesting as the last one was, although perhaps a touch darker.
The first series began with the introduction of the 3 'humans,' and some information on how they got the condition that each is now afflicted with.
Mitchell was fighting in World War One (I think), when he came across a group of vampires who could have killed all of Mitchell's troops. Instead, he agrees to let them turn him into a vampire, in return for allowing his men to live. He has been a vampire ever since, and has struggled not to drink people's blood (as vampires in this programme seem capable of going 'clean,' although it does make them feel a little ill), but has fallen off the wagon a few times.
George was just an ordinary, likeable guy, with a job and a girlfriend, when he went on holiday in the countryside. While out for a walk one night he was attacked by a werewolf. He survived, but the curse of transforming into a werewolf every full moon had been passed onto him. He was no longer able to keep hold of his girlfriend or past life.
Annie had recently moved into a house with her fiance Owen. She thought everything was going right for her, and then the last thing she remembered was falling down the stairs. That killed her, and she became a ghost; invisible to everyone else.
Mitchell met George when some vampire 'friends' of his attacked him, as most vampires do not like werewolves. Mitchell saved him, and they became friends and decided to turn their backs on Mitchell's vampire way of life and George's lonely existence, and move in together and try to 'be human' and fit in with their neighbours and the rest of the world. The house that they rented is the one which Annie is now haunting, and she is surprised but pleased to find that they can see her. She doesn't mind that they are a vampire and a werewolf, she just wants people to be near and to be friends with. George and Mitchell find low key jobs as hospital porters, and Annie happily waits for them at home. As she gets to know them and becomes happier, she discovers that she is capable of touching and doing things, and particularly delights in making her new friends endless cups of tea.
As the series progresses we learn of some of the problems in the 3 friends' world, from Owen, who Annie is still in love with but who has a secret of his own that is terrible when it finally comes out, to Herrick, the leader of the vampires, who wants Mitchell to join him and who has plans, supposedly, to only turn people who want to be turned into vampires. But his ideas are a lot more evil than that, and it takes all three friends to work together to stop them from happening. George also has his own problems to deal with, including a werewolf he meets who he wants to live with them but who his friends grow to distrust, and a colleague called Nina, who he falls in love with but wants to keep his condition a secret from. The series ends in a thrilling finale, but with a bit of a cliffhanger regarding Nina.
When the second series begins we learn that Nina is still on the scene and has actually moved in with the three friends, but all is not well between her and George. He thinks that he disgusts her, and she is worried that a secret of her own will really hurt him. He is upset and angry, and finds comfort in the arms of a female vampire for a while. Mitchell meets a doctor (or nurse, I wasn't sure) at the hospital who is having a miserable time, and begins to befriend her, so there is a possibility of a relationship, and all the problems it will bring, for him as the series progresses. Annie is still happily living at the house with the boys, and also seems happy to have some female company in the form of Nina. She was growing gradually more 'solid' during the last series, and now can be seen by everyone, so people do not realise she is a ghost. She is thrilled by this and decides to get a job in the local pub (as she lived in this area I'm sure she would actually run into people she used to know, but that plot hole wasn't brought up). There were some funny scenes with her starting the job, and trying a little too hard! The manager of the bar was introduced, who was a nice guy, and a customer caught Nina's eye, so there are a couple of love possibilities for her. Near the end of the episode the friends were told they had to leave the house for a while, as a gas leak in the street had to be dealt with. All the local residents stood together, so Nina took delight in taking lots of tea out for them to drink. Mitchell was thrilled that everyone was talking to them and accepting them (there was a situation in the last series that made the neighbours really wary of the friends), and seemed really content that they seemed to be getting normal, human lives. However, we were then shown their house, and it was not gas technicians that were entering it, but a mysterious man who we had earlier seen doing very unpleasant things to another werewolf. He obviously knows of the 3 friends, and has plans for them, which are unlikely to lead to anything positive. It was a very promising start to what promises to be a gripping second series.
It's been a while since I reviewed a Television series on here so I thought I would change that. Although I am not the biggest watcher of television drama series. Every now and then there comes along a series which I watch and recently there was another to add to the list. "Being Human" which is shown on BBC Three. The original Being Human pilot first aired on BBC Three in February 2008 and there was then a series in early 2009 which also aired on the same channel. The show was written by Toby Whitehouse, Rachel Anthony and Brian Dooley and was directed by Colin Teague, Alex Pillai and Toby Haynes.
So what is Being Human about? Well it tells the story of three twenty somethings who live in a Flat in Bristol, nothing out of the ordinary there it seems? Well apart from the fact that one is a Ghost, One is a Werewolf and the other is a vampire. The series follows all three as they fight against their curses and the ones who are trying to bring the bad side out of them.
"Mitchell" played by Aidan Turner
Mitchell is the vampire of the house, he was originally bitten by Herrick (the antagonist) during the First World War and struggles to fight his temptations of blood sucking vampire behaviour. As a lady's man he is always encountered with temptation but he has an off relationship with a woman who he bit to become a vampire herself. Aidan Turner plays the character well and gets across the struggle Mitchell has with trying to keep himself out of temptation and ultimately trouble.
"George" - Played by Russell Tovey
George is a nervous hospital porter who lacks confidence with women, quite the opposite of Mitchell. The Werewolf of the group struggles to keep it hidden, George is found by the werewolf who attacked him and made him a werewolf played by Max Beasley who tries to get George to come out of his shell more especially to the woman at work who he takes a shine to. He battles with his urges. To be honest Russell Tovey's acting in this series soured my overall view of the show as I don't think he can act very well.
Annie played by Lenora Critchlow
Annie is a Ghost who was killed by her boyfriend, at first she does not remember what happened to her but in a series of flashbacks she begins to piece together what happened and how it all began. At first the other housemates are the only non Ghosts who can see her but during the latter stages of the series she begins to be able to be seen. Annie fights with inadvertant urges to be a poltergeist. I was already a fan of Lenora Critchlow for her work in the Channel 4 series Sugar Rush and she again proves her acting ability in this series too.
Series 2 is being filmed and should be on our screens in January 2010, It promises to be even more tense and exciting as the first series if the ending of the first series is anything to go by when Mitchell finds out his urges are brought on worse when he is nearer another Vampire. His on off girlfriend sacrifices herself for him at the end of the last show of the first series which sets up the second series brilliantly in my book.
I really enjoyed the first series of "Being Human", there were some very funny bits, some tense bits, some fights and plenty of blood. I was really only disappointed by the performance of Russell Tovey who I don't rate very highly as an actor. Elsewhere in the show the acting is very good so that really is the only major downside of the show in my opinion, The first series has been repeated recently and I will certainly be watching the second series when it comes out early next year.
This is your everyday drama you know, werewolf and a vampire move into a house which is lived in by a ghost. In all seriousness the idea behind the show works well.
I watched the feature length pilot of this show and really enjoyed it, it took a while for the series to come out but was happy they hadn't changed it much from the pilot.
The idea is that a vampire and a werewolf try to lead a normal life and blend in with the town, the house they have rented happens to be haunted by a ghost, so the 3 of them live together.
Early in the series what you get is essentially and episode on each of the characters that explains how they ended up the way they are. I don't want to put too much information and spoil it but needless to say that their back stories play a major part in the big story of the series, which is that vampires are looking to take over the world and are fairly advanced in their plans to do so.
While the main characters are not typical for a comedy drama, it does make it very interesting when the show does tackle everyday subjects such as new relationships, love, hate and death.
This is a well written, well acted and brilliantly cast show, well worth a watch on iplayer.
I'd heard of Being Human from an 'alternative' site I occasionally went on. It intrigued me, but I hadn't seen it on BBC3 - I didn't have digital so I assumed I couldn't miss what I hadn't had (or seen) in the first place.
I was wrong.
The series is about your average 20-somethings - Mitchell and George, hospital porters, move into a house already situated by Annie. The hitch is this: Mitchell is a vampire, George is a werewolf, and Annie is a ghost.
You can see why it was on BBC 3 now, can't you?
Really though, disregard the synopsis - this show is funny, sweet though edgy and tense at times. The characters, though fitting well into their supernatural niches, are well developed and actually very normal for their age.
Mitchell is a very good-looking, quiet guy, and he wants desperately to 'fit in' with society - he holds street get-togethers and houseparties with the neighbours, though it poses an unknowing risk to both the humans and of course, the risk of being found out is great and perilous. He's a vampire, over 100 years old, and fought in the first world war, where he was 'turned' into a vampire so other vampires would leave his men alone.
George is a very clumsy, socially-inept guy with glasses, who is also Jewish and terrible with girls. He has a very high IQ and can speak several different languages. He turns into a werewolf every month, and thinks they as "monsters" should be shut off from the normal world in case they hurt or kill someone. He's against Mitchell's want to be part of the community, and gets very anxious about it. He was turned into a werewolf while on holiday in Scotland; he watched his walking partner shredded to pieces in front of him, and left his entire family, including his fiance, so not to hurt them.
Annie is an insecure and self-critical woman who lived in the house before with her fiancé, Owen, who she is still in love with. She is also a ghost and doesn't remember much about her death, which involves a flight of stairs and a falling motion...at first. She can only wear the clothes she died in, and her ability to be seen and heard by mere humans fluctuate with her mood, though any supernatural being can see, hear and touch her.
The three live in a house in a Bristol housing estate. Their landlord is Annie's former fiance, Owen.
Of course, that's not all of it.
The main theme of the series is in the title. What makes a human being? Each character takes up something to make them feel 'more human' - Mitchell abstains from blood, George refuses to acknowledge his "condition", and Annie feels besotted with Owen and, in one episode, dedicates the rest of her existence to being his "wife", even though Owen already has a new girlfriend. As the story unfolds, it seems like the characters do too - and as their personalities become more apparent, their humanity does too. What's more human than loving friends?
There are a lot of minor characters in Being Human, mostly centering around the hospital where George and Mitchell work; George develops a tenuous relationship with a nurse there, Nina, and Mitchell's "maker" often haunts there, Herrick. Herrick is a vampire, and a strong one at that...his dayjob is a police officer. Herrick has a "master plan" that Mitchell openly scoffs at - but when Herrick asks Mitchell why offering eternal life to the dying and sick people at the hospital is such a bad thing, Mitchell is speechless.
Mitchell also had a relationship with an intern before episode 1 - Lauren. During sex he lost control of himself and bit her, and then gave her his own blood to drink - turning her into a vampire. Not being able to live with what he did, he abandoned her to be brought up by Herrick, which as seen as something of an abandonment by the vampire community. Lauren is very clingy but also resentful towards Mitchell, and was taken in by Herrick's clan before she 'woke up'. She tries to seduce Mitchell several times, but Mitchell tells her he hates what she's become.
Without revealing too much, that's the series in brief. Being Human is quite sexy, so probably isn't suitable to watch with your mum. Some of it is also quite scary, especially George's transformation parts, so its probably best that very young children don't watch. I'd recommend it to anyone else, however, especially if you like shows like HBO's True Blood and the dearly departed Hex. There are six episodes in the series all-together, quite short, and the episodes are about 40 minutes long, and 1:20 for the series finale.
The sets are generally 'house' or 'hospital', with a few others, so nothing awe-inspiring there unfortunately. The premise is thought-provoking and interesting, if over simplified rather too frequently, with the plot twist a sort of "Final Solution" vampire style, the motto being 'no one is left behind'. The series is very English, but I doubt anyone from any other country would have difficulty understanding it.
The actors are very good, and I enjoyed Lenora Crichlow's performance in Sugar Rush way back when, so its good to see her in such a new, different role.
Series 2 has been commissioned, thankfully, and I do hope it improves upon the first series. There is some VERY good material in this series, especially the way the characters interact with each other, and I can only hope they can expand upon it. I got the feeling this series was a bit of an experiment, I hope series two will be more rooted and daring.
In a normal suburban area of Bristol, there is an average house with three very special occupants. This TV series is about a vampire, werewolf and ghost. The three of them are thrown together out of their circumstances and are just trying to get on with their lives (or afterlives in one case). Mitchell is a vampire who now works in a hospital and is doing his best to resist the temptations for human blood. George is a geeky guy who works with Mitchell in the Hospital, but every time the moon is full her turns in to a werewolf. Annie is a former occupant of the flat who fell down the stairs and died and is now stuck in the house until she resolves the issues with her death. Her expartner is the landlord of the house. The show is a brilliant mix of drama and comedy with a lot of tongue in cheek comments and jokes about each persons special abilities. The only downside is that the series was so short but there is talk of a second series.
Being Human Series One:
I was first attracted to Being Human when I discovered it was set in Bristol. I live near Bristol and have lived in Bristol in the past and it is a place dear to my heart. I watched mainly to see if I recognised any of the places, (which I did), and I ended up really enjoying the pilot, (it was about two years ago I think), and when the new series came on I was delighted, (especially because they had re-cast everyone apart from George), and I got the DVD of the series as soon as I could.
When my parcel arrived, (I got it online), I couldn't wait to sit and watch it all in one go. The case is nice and quite clever really with a hint being given to each character's identity. It impressed me anyway but it's best to see it for yourself so I won't tell you too much. Other than that the case is standard - just like any other DVD case.
The plot of Being Human is based around three friends sharing a house; one is Vampire, (Mitchell), one is a Were-Wolf, (George) and one is Ghost, (Annie). They try to live a normal life, to be human so to speak but their lives are fraught with dangers. There is the constant threat of exposure, other vampires and their agendas and the Landlord of the flat they share who was Annie's fiancé when she died.
George, (Russell Tovey), is cute; he is really sweet and kind-hearted and has a stinking IQ and can speak five languages but is reduced to working as a hospital porter so as not to draw attention to himself. His love interest, Nina, (Sinead Keenan), is a strong, feisty girl who is a ward sister at the hospital. George is desperate to keep his secret hidden from her, (well he'd like to hide it from himself if that were possible, he does the best he can to separate the wolf from the man), and she has a secret that she wants to keep from him too.
Mitchell, (Aidan Turner), is gorgeous! He is just the right amount suave vampire and down-to-earth Irish lad. His dark good looks suit his character down to the ground and he certainly has a way with the ladies. He is trying to abstain from blood and control his inner beast but the hunger is a strong thing to try and suppress. He's been around a long time so he has plenty of history which makes for an interesting, slightly tormented character.
Annie, (Lenora Crichlow), is a really lovely girl. She is still madly in love with her fiancé, Owen, and the fact that he is their landlord and often comes round torments her terribly. She is really easy to like, (in fact they all are), but she can be annoying, in the same way as everybody can I suppose but it's just part of her charm. It is easy to sympathise with her situation and you really feel for her as she tries to come to terms with what has happened to her and resolve her issues so she can pass over.
Herrick, (Jason Watkins), is a sort of leader of the vampires, he has a lot of influence both in the world of the living, (he is a police officer) and in the world of the undead. He is a bit of a swine and is clearly evil as most of the vampires seem to be and not just in the fact that they drink blood but their whole beings seem to be evil and they enjoy it. He plays off against Mitchell really well and there is definite chemistry between the two who now hate each other when once they loved each other, (not in a boyfriend way but almost as father and son, I guess Mitchell was Herrick's protégé).
Owen is an interesting character and he is probably just as evil as Herrick but I won't say anymore or I'll ruin it for you!
The first few episodes make the series seem like a light-hearted sit-com based around the super-natural; these episodes are for us to get to know the characters. As the series progresses however it gets darker and more interesting. The other vampires are always lurking about, trying to get Mitchell to dispense with his vow of abstinence from human blood, (he has the occasional relapse), and return to the fold while being sworn enemies of were-wolves and seemingly they don't like ghosts much either.
The rest of the community seem to be able to sense something is up with Mitchell and George, (not all of them can see Annie), but they can't quite put their fingers on it. It is interesting to watch and makes the plot seem more believable.
Watching the three struggle through their lives, trying to be "normal" is really interesting and I loved the series. I don't want to make it sound too serious though because it is laugh-out-loud funny in places too.
The casting is great; all the characters are really believable and that only happens when the casting is spot-on. It wasn't so good in the pilot but I am glad they kept George as he is perfect.
Acting wise I think Being Human is flawless. As I said above all the actors fit their characters and the acting is never camp or corny as it can be in this kind of show.
I was going to list all the actors and describe their acting but to be honest I would just be repeating myself over and over. They are all perfect, they all play the strengths and weaknesses of their characters excellently and they are all believable. I have never seen a show where all the characters work and they are believable until I watched Being Human.
The special effects are limited because of the budget. They aren't awful though there just aren't many of them apart from make-up which they do really well. Annie can kind of teleport which looks perfectly good, I guess the main problem is George in full-blown wolf mode. It's a guy in a costume and that's the end of it. The transformation scenes are great though. I have to admit I have never seen a particularly good were-wolf before, maybe the one in Buffy was quite good but they almost always seem like a guy in a suit! In mythology the were-wolf turns into a wolf, an actual, four legged, wolf but on TV they always turn into bipedal wolf-men?! Why do they do that? It would much easier to make an actual wolf look convincing! Any way that is the only problem with the whole show and it is a small niggle.
If you haven't seen this either borrow it or just buy it. It is a great show and a great sign for the British TV industry. Come on series two!
The show follows three twenty-something characters sharing a house in Bristol, trying to live a normal social life, despite being a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire.