Archives for December 2010

LENORA ON THE ANNIE BROADCASTS

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 09:00 AM, Tuesday, 28 December 2010

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The Annie Broadcasts saw Lenora Crichlow's character in some of her darkest, most isolated moments ever. It was tough to see such a loveable character in such a perilous position and, well, *insert freak-out about Annie going to hell here*. You know what we mean.

Today Lenora gives us her unique perspective on the story, telling us what it was like to push Annie to the brink of insanity.

**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT** If you want to see the brand new, extra-long Being Human series three trailer make sure you're watching BBC One at 10:30pm on Sunday 2nd January where it will be screened for the very first time.

Once you've had your face blown off by that, get back here on the blog to see all the behind the scenes action from the day in our exclusive online video. Plus you'll also be able to watch the trailer again. And again. And again. Andagainandagainandagainandagain.

Oh yes, it's going to be a very special January indeed...

TOBY WHITHOUSE'S ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 10:45 AM, Friday, 24 December 2010

He's the creator, writer and exectuive producer of Being Human and he's here to wish you, the fans, a Merry Christmas on behalf of everyone at Being Human Towers. Take it away Mr Toby Whithouse...


Me: I feel I've been remiss in my blogging duties. Do you want me to write something?

Barry P: That would be nice. How about a Christmas message to all the fans?

Me: Ok. Good idea.

Barry P: To make it festive, we could get a picture of you and superimpose a crown on it.

Me: No need for that. I have one of my own. I wear it when I'm writing.

Barry P: What?!

(pause)

Me: Nothing.


So here we go.
Actually, what does the Queen talk about in her Christmas message? I'm usually too busy playing with my new toys by that point on Christmas Day to watch.
She talks about everything that's happened in the previous year, doesn't she?
So what happened in 2010?
Well, in descending order of importance, we wrote and filmed Being Human series 3.
I started to experiment with facial hair.
There was an election.

Yeah, that just about covers that. Ok, what else can we talk about?

Oh yeah, I'd like to say thank you to all the bloggers for all their lovely messages when I won the Writer's Guild Award. You asked for a picture, well, if you go to the Writer's Guild award website and click on the Awards page, there's a picture of me and my face and the award. No, that's not me with the flaming red hair, that's Jane Goldman.
It was a genuine shock to win. Mainly because I won last year. I thought there'd be a rule saying I couldn't win again. I thought it was like being the American President. The statute of limitations. Or something. And yes, that IS a fair comparison. Consequently... well, as I said when I got up to get the award, "If I'd known I was going to win, I'd have drunk less."
But anyway, thank you to all of you for saying lovely things.

And how good are those Annie Broadcasts? You might already know this, but Lenora shot the whole lot in one day. It's an incredible performance, I think. She's really quite extraordinary.
Usually we do a prequel or two, introducing new characters. But this year we wanted to do something a little different. Barry insists it was my idea to do The Annie Broadcasts. I think it was his. Then we thought it might have been Rob Pursey's. Then we realised it was Garret Keogh's. Then we saw a shiny thing.
Anyway, you'll have noticed there's been a concerted effort to expand the on-line presence of the show. Not only with the glorious Annie Broadcasts, but comin' atcha in early 2011 is Becoming Human, our own little on-line spin-off series.
The on-line life of the show has always been an integral part of the BH DNA, and Barry and the gang are working tirelessly to develop new ideas and new treats for you. We hope that you'll stay with us on that journey.

So. Looking to the future, I think 2011 is going to be a very good year for BH fans.

Series 3 is our best one yet. The performances of the core four are never short of jaw-dropping. And then there are some amazing guest performances, from Robson, Lacey and Michael Socha to name but three.
I've never worked with a more enthusiastic, committed and talented crew, both editorially and on set. The quality of the show is as much down to them as anything I contribute.
Personally I'd like to give a manly nod to Phil Trethowan, our new producer. Working with him on series 3 has been a delight. When it comes to story, he's a bit of a genius, and has made my job this year so much easier.
Also, let me introduce you to Laura Cotton, our new script editor. Lovely Laura. She keeps us in check, makes me laugh, and crucially asks all the narrative questions we wish she wouldn't.

Also, a word or ten should be said about the BBC. They have allowed us an extraordinary degree of creative freedom. Being Human is good because Ben Stephenson, Danny Cohen and Eleanor Moran (our exec on series 3) at the BBC respect us and respect the show.

And then there's you lot.
Working on Being Human is a joy and an honour, and we've got a lot of stories left to tell. It means a lot to us that we have such a tenacious and passionate fan base. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think we have the most well behaved and supportive fans. Unlike... certain fan forums, there's rarely any rancour or sniping on the BH Blog, and I am very proud of you all for that.
But most of all it's wonderful to know that there are people about there who love and value (and obsess about) the show as much as we do.
So keep watching, keep posting, keep chatting and keep being nice.

And have a very Merry Christmas.

Big kiss.

(the Queen says that at the end of her message, doesn't she?)


Photo taken by Simon Denton and used with permission from The Writer's Guild of Great Britain.

MITCHELL'S TEASER TRAILER

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 11:52 AM, Thursday, 23 December 2010

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In this third teaser trailer for BH3 we see Mitchell slipping into his dark ways... but you guys don't mind that, right?

Keep watching BBC Three to see these teasers on air over Christmas, and make sure you're back on the blog on January 2nd for an exclusive preview of the brand new, extra-long trailer that's still to come. We'll even show you all the action from behind the scenes because, well, we're nice like that.

If you've still got room in your stocking we've got some extra surprises over the festive period, including a special Christmas Message from Lord Toby Whithouse himself on Christmas eve.

Well, he might not be the queen, but to us he's Being Human royalty.

GEORGE & NINA'S TEASER TRAILER

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 12:23 PM, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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Drumroll please *taps fingers on table* for George & Nina's teaser trailer for Being Human series three.

Coming tomorrow... Mitchell.

ANNIE'S TEASER TRAILER

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 15:50 PM, Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Like a snowball of excitement on a snowy mountain of supernatural awesomeness, events are picking up momentum as we approach the new series of Being Human. And yes, you are justified in calling the metaphor police, but don't just yet because we have news...

We're releasing the first teaser trails for BH3.

First up we have Annie giving us a hint of her ghostly powers, followed by George and Nina's meaty teaser tomorrow and Mitchell's vampishly dark teaser on Thursday.

The main trailer combining all three of these unique setups will be released very early in the new year, complete with all the behind the scenes action from the shoot.

If you want to see Annie's trailer in all it's glory tune into BBC Three at 8pm tonight for it's first showing on television. And don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below...

ANNIE IS GOING TO HELL

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 18:05 PM, Thursday, 16 December 2010

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After ten days of messages from the other side, Annie's verdict has finally appeared on The Annie Broadcasts page... They're sending her to hell.

THE ANNIE BROADCASTS CONTINUE

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 17:17 PM, Friday, 10 December 2010

New messages are coming through every day on the Annie Broadcasts page and they're starting to reveal more about Annie's experiences on the other side.

The most difficult thing is the silence of her new environment. Annie feels the need to "carve sound into it" and force herself to remember who she is. She has even begun chanting "I am Annie Claire Sawyer" in an effort to stay sane and in touch with her past life. It's a worrying development and Annie needs to fight to stay strong.

More broadcasts are scheduled so keep checking the Annie Broadcasts page every day for the latest updates.


ANNIE IS BACK

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 18:41 PM, Thursday, 9 December 2010

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Annie has found a way to send messages from the other side.

We're collecting everything we can on our new Annie Broadcasts page. Three have been received so far, with the next message transmitted tomorrow.

It's Annie. She's communicating. She's alive.

AIDAN ON ACTING

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 19:00 PM, Monday, 6 December 2010

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Today everyone's favourite Irishman (no offense Bono) is on great form as he talks us through his acting tips, including how to pull off that famous vampire intensity.

The truth? It's just his face...

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 19:05 PM, Friday, 3 December 2010

CALLING ALL BEING HUMAN FANS. Yes, including you. And you over there... and you at the back hiding behind that lamp.

It's time to get back on the blog because it's going to be a December to remember.

We're officially counting down to the third series of Being Human. The awesome foursome have defeated Kemp, left Bristol and are heading to Wales, meaning a new set, new storylines, new characters and the possible return of Herrick. It's going to be huge.

The BBC Three gods have scheduled BH3 for an early 2011 release. The exact date is yet to be confirmed but January is looking likely. And you know when January is, right...?

IT'S NEXT MONTH.

So stand by for some hot blogging action coming up right here on this very site. We're talking behind the scenes, meeting the crew, new trailers, new series artwork, a new online spin-off series and even a few surprises. Well, of course there will be surprises. We love keeping you guy surprised. BOO! See, just did it again. Anyway, I digress...

The next blog video will be acting tips from Aidan Turner on Monday, when he tells us why his eyebrows are the reason for his acting success. Well, one of the reasons anyway.

After that we're on full steam ahead as we push towards the launch of series three. Are you ready? I hope so. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and check out Twitpic for our latest behind the scenes photos.

Oh, and if you've never commented here on the blog before, give it a try. Everyone's very nice.

Seriously, they don't bite. Much.

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