Being Human

9:00pm Sunday 26 February on BBC THREE

Annie, Hal and Tom are like a ring of steel protecting baby Eve – so when Kirby, a ghost from the 1970s calls at the house, they’re immediately suspicious.

Kirby wins them over with his feckless personality and proof that he’s been sent by Nina to help look after the baby. Annie soon falls for the handsome, charismatic ghost – perhaps Nina also sent him for reasons other than the baby?

Tom is utterly charmed by him, too, pleased to have an alpha male about the house to teach him the way of the world. Hal has his doubts about Kirby, but then Kirby has his doubts about Hal. Who will be proved right?

Starring Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Michael Socha as Tom, Damien Molony as Hal, Gina Bramhill as Woman, Andrew Gower as Cutler, James Lance as Kirby, Ceri Mears as Custody Sergeant, Lucy Robinson as Dr. Wilson and Angus Wright as Dr. North.

Ep 4/8

9:00pm Sunday 12 February on BBC THREE

Hal, Leo and Pearl – another werewolf, vampire and ghost – turn up at the house.

Leo is dying and this supernatural triumvirate believe the secret to saving the old werewolf’s life resides in Honolulu Heights.

While Annie is confident that she can channel the power to help him, Tom isn’t so sure. Nor is he best pleased at having the disdainful and arrogant vampire Hal in his home either.

But? to fulfil Leo’s dying wish, the two are forced on a mission together. A fracas with a pawn shop owner bonds them temporarily, but later when Tom discovers Hal standing over baby Eve’s crib, Hal’s ultimate motives are called into question.

Starring Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Michael Socha as Tom, Damien Molony as Hal, Gina Bramhill as Woman, Anthony Flanagan as Fergus, Russell Gomer as Dessie, Andrew Gower as Cutler, Tamla Kari as Pearl and Louis Mahoney as Leo.

Ep 2/8

9:00pm Sunday 5 February on BBC THREE

Being Human, BBC Three’s award winning and critically-acclaimed drama, returns for a fourth series. Following the gripping series three finale in which viewers watched Mitchell fall victim to the wolf-shaped bullet, series four sees the aftermath as the housemates return to their home in Barry Island. There are also some new faces in town…

In an old B&B in a sleepy seaside town, we join Annie, her housemate George and their new friend. They’re reeling from the loss of their best friend Mitchell, Tom’s father-figure McNair and the tragic departure of George’s girlfriend, Nina. But with a newborn baby to look after, it’s never been more difficult to live life under-the-radar as a ghost and two werewolves.

There are also the vampires to deal with: lurking in every corner of society, waiting for the Old Ones to arrive and take over the world with brutal force. Can they fight them off? And at what cost? One thing becomes clear – the vampires believe that the child of two werewolves is important in their own mythology. Can this little baby really be the saviour of humanity? And what exactly are Cutler’s ‘alternative’ plans for world domination?

Starring Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Russell Tovey as George, Michael Socha as Tom, Damien Molony as Hal, Andrew Gower as Cutler, Alex Jennings as Griffin, Mark Williams as Regus, Louis Mahoney as Leo, Tamla Kari as Pearl, Darren Evans as Dewi, Anthony Flanagan as Fergus, Sean Francis as Lucas and Mali Harries as Lisa.

Being Human is also being simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC’s High Definition channel available through Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.

BBC HD offers the very best of the BBC’s programming in high definition, bringing audiences the programmes they love with up to five times more detail than standard definition, and exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures.

Confirmed for Sunday 5 February on BBC Three at 9.00pm -10.00pm

Ep 1/8

9:00pm Sunday 23 January on BBC THREE

Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Sinead Keenan, Aidan Turner and Lacey Turner star as the hit drama about the lives of a ghost, a reformed vampire and a werewolf couple returns

EastEnders star Lacey Turner takes up her first filming role since announcing she is leaving the show and guest stars in episode one of BBC Three’s award-winning drama, Being Human.

Lacey will feature in the upcoming third series that chronicles the complicated lives of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost.

Speaking about her first TV role outside of EastEnders, since she joined the cast in 2004, she says: “It was fantastic working on Being Human. I had some great scenes with Aidan Turner, especially when his character Mitchell is facing up to some of the things he has done in the past.

“The cast and crew were really welcoming and I can’t wait to watch how the story comes together on screen when the series airs.”

Seeking to find some sense of normality after the dramatic climax of the second series, our supernatural heroes have moved to Wales to find a new place to live – and to leave their pasts behind.

However, their fresh start is marred by the disappearance of Annie (Lenora Crichlow), who contacts Mitchell (Aidan Turner) in a desperate cry for help. Missing his friend and anxious to help her, Mitchell is mobilised into action.

Mitchell must enter purgatory to try and save Annie, and it is here he meets Lia (Lacey Tuner), who steers him on his journey.

Being Human is currently filming in Wales. It is a Touchpaper Television production for BBC Wales, written by Toby Whithouse (Torchwood, Doctor Who) and produced by Phil Trethowan (Sold).

Executive producers are Rob Pursey for Touchpaper Television (City Of Vice, Single-Handed) and Eleanor Moran for BBC Wales.

It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, and Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three.

 

The gripping finale of the second series of Being Human attracted an audience of one million (4.1%) last night (Sunday 28 February) on BBC Three.

BBC Three’s popular and critically-acclaimed drama about supernatural housemates has once again proved a great success for the channel, with an audience of 1.6 million tuning into the launch episode of this series – an increase of half-a-million on the launch of series one (1.1 million).

Series two has averaged 1.2 million/4.2% and 8.2% amongst 16-34s, and across the week reaches 3.3 million, 8.4% amongst 16-34s.

It has also received 1.7 million requests on BBC iPlayer across the series, with all eight episodes still available to watch for the next seven days.

Being Human’s website – bbc.co.uk/beinghuman – is BBC Three’s best performing site ever and has built a dedicated fan-base through regularly updated posts from cast and crew throughout the show’s two series.

BBC Three is now the most-watched digital channel for the hours it broadcasts and, since its relaunch, it has grown young audiences by 30%.

Being Human is produced by Touchpaper Television, written by Toby Whithouse and stars Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow and Sinead Keenan.

It has been commissioned for a third series for 2011 by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, where the housemates will relocate to Wales.

Series two of Being Human
“Fantastic.” ***** Heat

“Warm, witty, sexy, and… very human” Guardian

“British genre telly has seldom looked in such fine fettle”
Time Out

“One of the best new British series of last year returns” Independent

“Funny, moving, unmissable and the highlight of my weekend” Sun (Lorraine Kelly)

“A series that’s as much about human nature as it is about spookiness and bloodsucking – and that’s why it works” Daily Telegraph

“The best vampire series on TV (yes, we think little old BBC Three’s Being Human is better than mega US hit True Blood)”
TV Times

“Smart and cultish comedy horror… excellent”
Total TV Guide

An exclusive screening of episode one of the new series of Being Human is being organised… and YOU could be there!

Aidan Turner who plays Mitchell (the vampire) has recorded a special video message about it for the Being Human blog (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman) which you can check out.

The screening will take place at a London cinema on the evening of January 7th, 2010 and BBC Three are giving away free tickets to you guys, the fans, to claim on a first-come-first-served basis.

The tickets will be available from 10am on Thursday 10th December – just head to www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

This will be, without doubt, the hottest Being Human event of the year. Those who manage to get their hands on a pair of tickets (yes you even get to bring a friend) will get to see episode one of the new series before it’s released on TV. And there might even be a few ‘special guests’ to surprise you on the evening.

But hold your horses because they’re not letting go of these tickets just yet… you’ll have to wait until Thursday 10am to get them.

Get excited BH fans, because it doesn’t get much better than this…

 

Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who, Kiss Of Death) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives despite very unusual afflictions in Being Human, a witty, sexy and thrilling 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.

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.

Julie Gardner, Head of Drama Commissioning, BBC Wales, says: “Being Human uniquely combines the drama and complexity of ordinary life with the heightened excitement of the supernatural world, in a vibrant, witty and compelling way.

“The six-part series sees our twenty-something friends embark on extraordinary journeys as they battle their inner demons and the outside world, and struggle to find out what it really means to be human.”

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, comments: “Being Human touched a nerve with young audiences when the pilot was transmitted. Powerful writing, a strong cast and imaginative direction come together in a really exciting new original drama series for BBC Three.”

Being Human is written by Toby Whithouse (Being Human pilot, Torchwood, Doctor Who), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human pilot), directed by Toby Haynes (M.I. High, Spooks Code 9), Alex Pillai (Wire In The Blood) and Colin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who), and executive produced by Rob Pursey (City Of Vice, Sold) and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama for BBC Wales.

Filming took place on location in Bristol and at Bristol-based Paintworks studios.

Being Human was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, and produced by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group.

Being Human is also being broadcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC’s High Definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

With up to five times more detail than standard definition television, HD gives you exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures to make Being Human a truly cinematic TV experience.

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