Archives for May 2009

THE BIG QUESTION: WHERE DID HERRICK GO WRONG?

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 18:53 PM, Friday, 29 May 2009

 

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He was an evil genius with plans for world domination, but somewhere along the line it all went horribly wrong (unless being eaten by a werewolf was actually part of the plan?).  Herrick had the brains, the organisation and the will to succeed, but was stopped in his tracks by a trio who were, let's be honest, a bit rubbish when it came down to all that fighting.

 

So this week the big question is... Where did Herrick go wrong?

 

ANNIE'S PIVOTAL MOMENTS: THE RESULTS

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 11:52 AM, Thursday, 28 May 2009

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When we asked you to tell us Annie's most pivotal moments you responded with some of the most heart-wrenchingly, stomach-turningly, pant-wettingly crucial scenes in Being Human history.  She's transformed beyond belief, from a confused, lovelorn girl to an empowered, kickass spirit... But which moments were the ones that really mattered the most? 

 

Let's take a look...

 

THE BIG QUESTION: WILL MITCHELL EVER FIND LOVE?

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 17:15 PM, Friday, 22 May 2009

 

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If ever there was a man in need of a decent woman to keep him on the straight and narrow, it was John Mitchell.  But instead, what does he get?  Well let's see...

 

Becca - Lovely but slightly too 'into him' and a bit too prey-like for Mitchell...  Frankly, it feels like if Lauren hadn't killed her first, he'd have seen her off before their third date.  However, she was an undeniably nice person.  Could Becca have straightened Mitchell out?

 

Lauren - A murderer, an addict and an all round pain in the neck (literally), what's not to love about Lauren??  However, when you think about it, there's no denying that she and Mitchell had chemistry and she is the only one who truly understood his vampire ways.  It's crazy, but maybe they could have had something?

 

Josie - Talk about too little too late... Josie was undeniably Mitchell's greatest love in series one, but after parting in the sixties they had grown apart and Josie had grown... well, old.  If things had been different, could she have been 'the one'?

 

So, bearing this in mind, the big question is... if things had been different could one of these relationships have worked out?  Or is Mitchell destined to be unlucky in love?

 

And for anyone out there thinking Mitchell might be a good boyfriend... bear in mind all these women are now dead.  I'm just saying, it's not a good track record.

 

UNSEEN GEORGE SCENE: ORIGINAL SCRIPT

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 16:16 PM, Monday, 18 May 2009

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In an earlier comment I mentioned 'something a bit special' coming to the blog, and here it is. A previously unseen treat dug out from the archives by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.  I'll let him explain...

 

Ok, so I was looking at the site the other day and saw the blog about werewolves in film etc, and it reminded me of something I'd written during series 1.

 

This was the first draft of the pre-titles sequence for episode 2 - the Tully episode. I really liked it but when we looked at it in the context of the whole script, it felt tonally out of step with the rest of the episode. We were still developing the show at this stage, still working out exactly what it was, and there were lots of stories and characters and scenes that were written, scrutinised and ultimately jettisoned because we instinctively knew they didn't fit.

 

In this instance we replaced it with the description of what happens to a human being's physiology when he turns into a werewolf, which I think was a more appropriate start to that story.

 

Even so, I think it's an intriguing little sequence and it occurred to me that you might be interested in seeing it.

 

So if that's got you curious, check out this never-before-seen section of deleted script.

 

THE BIG QUESTION - ANNIE'S MOST PIVOTAL MOMENTS

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 12:07 PM, Saturday, 16 May 2009

 

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While Mitchell and George grappled with their troublesome identities and physical urges, Annie's struggle was a lot more complicated. 

 

Not only was she getting to grips with being... erm, dead, she also grappled with love, loneliness, betrayal, revenge, and those incredible ghostly powers.  The Annie that ended the series was unrecognisable from the Annie that started it, having been on a journey with more twists and turns than an episode of Strictly.  This week we're going to compile those key moments into a definitive BH Blog video.  And, as ever, we need your help!

 

So this week's big question is... What are Annie's most pivotal moments?

 

The more passionate your argument is, the more likely your chosen Annie moment will feature in our video. We'll analyse all the comments over the weekend and come back next week with THE definitive video listing Annie's most pivotal moments.

 

Remember, the BH Blog team's decision is final and we are waiting for your suggestions...

 

 

 

BEING HUMAN - HOW DO YOU WRITE IT?

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 16:04 PM, Monday, 11 May 2009

 

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We all know the story...  Armed only with a laptop, a good idea and a serious ability to concentrate, Toby Whithouse managed to create the drama we all know and love - Being Human. 

 

But surely it's more complicated than that, right?  Well, to give us more of an insight into Toby's mind, and shed light on his life as a writer, the BBC's Writersroom has spoken to the man himself for a fantastic in-depth interview.

 

We've selected a couple of juicy chunks to get you started... 

 

You started out as an actor. What made you decide to become a writer?

Being an actor I had a lot of spare time on my hands and so I just started to write. I had an idea, literally just an idea for a gag. So I wrote it down. Then I thought, well if somebody says that then you need the feed line into it, and then somebody would say that afterwards. And it expanded in both directions until characters started to take shape, and these two people who were talking suddenly became brothers, and they were in a café. And it built up from there until eventually I had the first draft of a play.

The plan was that I put it on myself in some little sticky-carpet pub theatre with my other unemployed actor friends, but it took on a life of its own. I got a literary agent from it. We entered it for the Verity Bargate which it won, and suddenly they could get much better actors than me in it, and that was that.

On the basis of that I started being offered TV work, and then one thing led to another and now I'm talking to you.

 

How did you come to develop Being Human?

Touchpaper, which is an independent TV company, approached me and said "We want to do a flat share drama about a group of friends from university who buy a house together and the stresses and strains it puts on their relationship." And I thought that's probably the dullest idea for a story I've ever heard. I was actually on the verge of turning it down. And then I remember walking home one night, and the ideas for three characters just fell into place, fully formed.

So I wrote pages and pages of biogs for these characters, and we spent nearly a year developing this version of the show and got absolutely nowhere. And decided to have one last meeting and if nothing came of that then we would just call it a day. And about half way through the meeting I said "Well of course we could turn George into a werewolf." And then we decided if he's a werewolf then Mitchell should be a vampire and Annie should be a ghost.

So we started to develop that and suddenly we were going off in a completely different direction. I wrote a version of the show which was essentially just a sitcom, and the characters were much further advanced in terms of how they'd assimilated into society. George had his own little company, Mitchell worked in a call centre, Annie had a job in an office, even though they were a werewolf, a vampire, and dead. I did loads and loads of drafts of it, and then the BBC read it and they had some thoughts and we had some thoughts and so on, and we decided to just completely start again from scratch.

And this time I thought, rather than write it as a sitcom I'm going to pretend I'm writing a low-budget American independent film. Then we got this call from the BBC saying hey, we're going to do a series of pilots. Do you want it to be in that? And I said not really. But it was either that or it doesn't get made so we went into the series of pilots and then all hell broke loose.

 

Read the full interview at the BBC's Writersroom.

 

BEING HUMAN: UNSEEN SCRIPT READ-THROUGHS

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 11:37 AM, Thursday, 7 May 2009

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While Toby is busy sweating over a Word document as he writes the eagerly awaited Series 2 of Being Human, we have a behind-the-scenes treat from Series 1 for your delectation...


Before the BH cast and crew descended on sunny Bristol to shoot Series 1, the team squeezed into a cosy room for read-throughs of the script. In script read-throughs, such as this one of episode 6, the actors get to know their characters, and each other, as well as eating lots of biscuits.

Fancy a look? Well here you go...

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