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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 12:17 UK time, Tuesday, 15 March 2011

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He was flawed, he was adored but with him we were never bored. John Mitchell, you are a true legend of the Being Human world.

In honour of his departure we've put together this special tribute to Mitchell, and of course the fantastic work of Aidan Turner, as our way of saying goodbye.

If you're feeling the need to mourn Mitchell's passing, celebrate his fantastic life or leave a message for Aidan himself, now is the time to do it.

So long old friend... it's been one hell of a ride.

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  • Comment number 1.

    R.I.P John Mitchell - You will be remembered

    Soldier
    Vampire
    Leader
    Hero
    Villain
    and in the end
    Human

  • Comment number 2.

    Please one thing I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ON THIS BLOG is

    "Now he's gone I'm not watching any more"

    You've got 2 blogs to do that in leave this to those who rejoice in his memory whist at the same time looking forwards.

    that is all I'd like to say for now.

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh my God, I can't believe I'm still too upset to watch this. You know when they have helplines for little girls when boybands break up? I think I need a version for grown-up women who should know better who fell a little bit in love with John Mitchell and are finding it difficult to remember that this was just a tv show!

    Thank you Aidan, for bringing to life a truly 3 dimensional character. Flawed, troubled and capable of horrors, but kind, loyal and inspirational too.

  • Comment number 4.

    Oh here I am crying again.

    Thank you Aidan for a wonderful three seasons. You have made me feel almost every emotion possible during your stunning performance of Mitchell. It was a rollercoaster of fun, happiness, sadness and so much more.

    And Mitchell, I will always remember you as one of the most human people I have ever seen on TV. Rest peacefully XXXX

  • Comment number 5.

    3 - Thank God I'm not the only one who feels this way :'(
    I'm just here to read the comments, I seriously can't even watch that video. I'm a wreck.

  • Comment number 6.

    Awwwww. A lovely tribute to both Aidan and Mitchell. Characters like that don't come along very often and Aidan brought him to life in all his caring and flawed ways.

    A message for Aidan? I'll have to think on how to word that.

    Bit emotional now.

  • Comment number 7.

    A COMEDIC GOODBYE: So long and thanks for all the fish.

    I'll be over to NZ and will look Aidan up soon.

    Tom in Oz

  • Comment number 8.

    I'm in floods of tears again...

    Aidan best of luck, you are an amazing actor

    Thank you so much for all the memories.

    RIP John Mitchell

    ps: BH team Thank you for this tribute

  • Comment number 9.

    Still too upset to watch the tribute but .........

    Rest in peace John Mitchell your battle is finally over
    No one will ever replace MY Vampire he didn't sparkle in the sunlight or have any super powers he was real and he was flawed and I loved him completely I'd have forgiven him anything.

    Thank you Aidan for making him so special and good luck for the future I promise I'll be watching and sending you all my love x Take Care x

  • Comment number 10.

    Oh bloody hell.. I'm an emotional wreck again! Beautiful.

    AT - you're totally lush!

    Thanks BHP xx

  • Comment number 11.

    "Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,

    From glen to glen and down the mountain side;

    The summer's gone, and all the roses falling;

    It's you, it's you must go, and I must bide." ... R.I.P John Mitchell.


    Thankyou Aidan Turner, for giving a 117yr old vampire a soul. x

  • Comment number 12.

    PART 2

    So far in Toby's story John Mitchell has paid the ultimate price and he's become Human. Exit Aidan.

    The show now has to take us on a journey to show us how the other 3 leads also become Human, as the title implies.

    x

    Tom in Oz

  • Comment number 13.

    I just want to say thank you Aidan for giving flesh and blood (pun or no pun, you decide) to Toby's wonderful character. You and Mitchell were made for each other. I wish you every success with the rest of your career, but I tell you that the carnage Mitchell wrought on the Box Tunnel 20 is nothing compared to the trail of broken hearts you've left behind you. Love you...

  • Comment number 14.

    And Thankyou to the blog team for all your great videos, very much appreciated.

  • Comment number 15.

    Aidan, you made us fall in love with Toby's monsterous creation & now you leave us, stolen by the Hobbit master! Damn you for being a blumming amazingly talented actor & allowing us to watch you & your character grow for three fabulous years =D

    Mitchell is gone but never forgotten! Everytime I see 'A last Russell Brand on the shelf' with fingerless gloves, unwashed hair & questionable personal hygiene, I will giggle to myself & think of Mitchell

    Aidan, good luck in NZ! Dont get too comfy there, please come back =) Enjoy yourself, you deserve it lovely

    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

  • Comment number 16.

    Kili the Dwarf killed my favourite vampire and I'm devastated.

    Good luck for the future Aidan, fans of BH have known you were destined to do great things for years. I think killing Mitchell was ultimately the right decision, as upsetting as it was.

    Thank you for 3 seasons of pure brilliance, and a new found appreciation for The Real Hustle.

    Good luck!
    xx

  • Comment number 17.


    Thank you Aidan.
    Best vampire ever.
    x

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh bloody hell, now I'm crying again.

    Thank you BHP for bringing us the brilliant creation that was John Mitchell, and thank you Aidan Turner for giving him life (so to speak). The show won't be the same without either of you but I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. Good luck with The Hobbit and wherever your future may lead you, but don't forget us on these little islands over here.

    All the best

    xx

    And yes, thank you BHP for this brilliant video. A fitting tribute, one of many no doubt that will soon be flooding youtube ;)

    And in complete agreement Ewan. It's all very well if people no longer feel like they want to watch the show, for whatever reason, but they really shouldn't keep coming back on these blogs to say that over and over again, it ruins it for everyone else.

  • Comment number 19.

    I still haven't got over Sunday's episode - if not in the next series, please come back as a ghost...Annie, George (and all being human fans) need you!!

  • Comment number 20.

    Ohhh...

    Some of the best bits of all three series were there. Thank you Mr P for giving us that summary of the good and bad bits (but mainly good) of Mitchell.

    Aidan Turner made him a real, three-dimensional character and developed the character beautifully over the three seasons. He made Mitchell believable and just the right side of sympathetic.

    I doubt it will but if any of these news gets back to Mr Turner, please tell him from us that his acting has grown so much since 2009 and that he'll go on to do great things, as will all the actors. All the best to him for putting his heart and soul into Mitchell and good wishes to his successful career doing whatever he wants to do with his talent.

    Mr P, you are just too good to us. Thank you for your skills, humour and patience with us mad fans.xx

  • Comment number 21.

    Aidan - If you are reading this - You are truly one of the good ones. You did the right thing with your decision to end this character with courage and love.
    I cannot wait to patronize your career further - so hurry up with the dwarf thing! I look forward, with great pleasure, to your future endeavors, and will miss John Mitchell dearly.
    XX Wishing you much luck and love,
    D

  • Comment number 22.

    Aidan, thank you for Mitchell. Thank your parents for you :)
    John Mitchell was a good vampire, you allowed him to Be Human.
    Going to miss you but through the magic of Whithouse we can see your image again and again.
    Have fun in Middle Earth xx

  • Comment number 23.

    Wow, Aidan Turner, you sure have had a huge effect on people.

    A brilliant part in a brilliant show. All the very best for your future and try to surround yourself always with casts and crew as wonderful as those in Being Human.

  • Comment number 24.

    And EWAN - do you have a you-tube link for us thickies over here in the US?

  • Comment number 25.

    I can't watch the video yet or barely read the comments - but I will later. But in the meantime Thank You to everyone involved for doing this. If these messages do go out to Aidan in NZ I would just like to let him know that he (and all the cast) have done an amazing job on BH 1-3 and I thank him and them for it. xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Makes me cry... hard!!! And I agree, there should be a helpline for those who forget that this is just a TV show... it's more than just a TV show :'(

  • Comment number 27.

    24 - When I find it I show it.

  • Comment number 28.

    I was sad on upset on Sunday night (when I watched the last episode from the edge of my seat), but now that I have had time to reflect on what was a fantastic end to a fantastic series.

    I would just like to thank the Being Human Team for their brilliant and inspiring work on the show and for Aidan who is an amazing actor and who made the show a joy to watch.

    Aidan you will be missed but I will continue to follow your work as I have for a few years now. I look forward to the next series of Being human despite my misgivings and wish Aidan well in all his new adventures.

    Toby Whithouse you are a legend - John Mitchell was a fantastical human vampire, whom despite being an reluctantly evil killer - we all grew to love him because of his growing (rather than receding) humanity. Keep up the good work.

    xxx

  • Comment number 29.

    Ewan: 1 and 2 - My sentiments exactly.

    For those Mitchell fans on Twitter, I saw this card in a shop and just had to take a picture of it...it made me smile

    http://twitpic.com/49pw4p

  • Comment number 30.

    A lovely summary of Mitchell's Being Human life - thanks team!

    Aidan - Congratulations on your amazing acting ability - being able to make thousands of us fall in love with (and not just for the good looks) a mass murderer is an incredible skill. I'm so so gutted that Mitchell won't be gracing our screens again, but in view of how much time the Hobbit is going to take out of your life (and now that I've got over the shock!) I guess it was the correct and brave decision to end his role in such a final way.

    Have an amazing time in New Zealand, I'm so jealous, and can't wait to see the finished films ;-)

    Andi x

  • Comment number 31.

    OHW LAWDY.

    Whenever I drive past, or get invoices from 'John Mitchell office supplies' in my home town. I will never be the same again D:

    The best and most human vampire ever known!

  • Comment number 32.

    I hope Aidan get chance to read all the other positive comments on last two blogs. Think some people still too emotionally shattered to post new thanks to Aidan for wonderful work, i cried, never did this over a tv programme before, of course thanks always to Toby for excellent writing. In long term did best for Mitchell charater, would have been worse to have what has happen to other great characters, dragged out to long. We are left with wonderful memories and a tv classic. New viewers will appreicate the dvd. Aidan and Toby, Masterclass in fearless acting and writing. Also excellent direction/camerawork this series, like when mitchell was arrested.
    Again hope Aidan gets to read all great comments about his acting over the last two blogs. He will be missed, but he is a young actor with a great career and opportunites ahead, we will always remember Mitchell charater and glad he found peace. Aidan could fill ten pages with compliments and thanks to you for your wonderful work bringing Mitchell to life and into our hearts, but wish you very best for future, you already have a fanbase. Most go now, and give others a chance.

  • Comment number 33.

    Ok firstly so pleased being human will have a forth series.
    but also this news is bittersweet as only hours ago we lost Mitchell!!!

    Aidan was always destined for bigger things,just wish it wasn't so soon!

    Mitchell has shaped the being human world,and without him there will be a big hole,that cant be filled.But also i would like to say how happy i am for Aidan,he is only just starting what will be a long and memorable career.all i say is Aidan dont be a stranger!!

    I believe this wont be last of Mitchell.i have hope that not in the too distant future he will grace our screens again.


    ...OH AND DAM THOSE HOBBITS FOR TAKING OUR AIDAN!!!! xx ;)

  • Comment number 34.

    Thank you Aidan for an amazing 3 series of Mitchell. I truly believe that no other person in the world could have portrayed a murderess blood craving vampire in such a way that even after all he has done that everyone still loves him. You've done 3 fantastic series of BH and I know The Hobbit and anything else you do will be just as fantastic.

    I must also thank Lord Toby for such a brilliant character and brilliant show. May its success continue.

  • Comment number 35.

    HAz152 (34) Hear hear!

  • Comment number 36.

    Wow, I've finally got my hiney in gear to register to leave comments on the Being Human website and the series is over!

    I've *loved* reading everyone's comments. Some of you have put my own emotions into words better than I ever could. I hope the BBC guys cut and paste this or post you a link to this thread so you can soak up the love.

    Aidan Turner you are a God of a man, even if you are now Down Under playing a wee, hirsuite dwarf. I've never seen a character on the small screen inspire such devotion, emotion, passion and contrary feelings and opinions. And it's because you rock as an actor and some part is down to your smiley Irish charm and broody eyebrows.

    You played John Mitchell with a tender, angry heart and my fondest memories are still probably rooted in Series 1 with you befriending Bernie and the bit when Mitchell and George leapt onto the sofa desperately trying to act natural when Owen's popping around - it still makes me laugh. Series 3 was super dark but pretty, utterly brilliant. I was so gripped I shouted at the telly and hid behind cushions when the tension got a bit much.

    What a dude! I will, along, with all the other bright and beautiful Being Human fans miss John Mitchell and his optimistic soul that aspired so very hard to be different and constantly sought redemption very, very much. No one else could have played him the way you did. I am glad it was gorgeous George who took you out with a bittersweet kiss loaded with TLC, at least this way Mitchell didn't end up an Old One's b*t*h ; )

    Go Aidan Turner! You Irish beauty you ; ) x x x

  • Comment number 37.

    Thank you Aidan for 3 wonderful seasons, full of highs and lows,tears and laughter, and for making Mitchell be so real and believable.
    I'll miss him so much.
    Every success for the future, and have fun.

  • Comment number 38.

    Loved watching Being Human lets hope it doesn't dissapoint in the future series.x

  • Comment number 39.

    (I hope people will be patient with a modified repeat of what I just commented on the previous post, but if I'd waited half an hour, it would have gone here, as it's where it fits more properly.)

    As I think some of you know, S1 will always be the show I fell in love with, and though I've been happy to follow the characters into a larger and darker world, and felt that move was natural, I have never felt as many do that it made the show better. It made it different. It made it something still brilliant and compelling, but more challenging and uncomfortable. Some people automatically assume that's "better" or "deeper." I'm not one of them.

    On the other side of the coin, I don't think it meant the show went off the rails either. I do feel, and have felt for quite a while now, that the disproportionate weight of Mitchell's baggage made it impossible to keep a true ensemble balance. Again, it's a natural function of who the characters are: Mitchell has lived five times as long as the others. He knows intimately what it is to fully and willingly embrace being a monster, in a way that they can only imagine. The fragile balance of S1 could be maintained only to the extent that he could insulate himself from that, something I doubt he could have kept up indefinitely even without the vampire community's persistent refusal to let him go. The fact that he is dead today, to me, is largely because of that refusal, ultimately coming to a head in Wyndham's attempt to make a weapon out of him yet again.

    If Mitchell had been someone other than the legendary Big Bad John, if he hadn't been Herrick's walking talking propaganda poster, hadn't been a ball of explosive emotion both destructive and fiercely loving, he might have made it. He might have set up housekeeping with his friends, created a life of simple decency, and barely ever looked back.

    But then, if he hadn't been that person, he might never have tried.

    George and Annie and Nina have it in them to be every bit as complex and extraordinary. We've all seen it, and then seen it eclipsed by crisis after crisis precipitated by the vampire world's pressure on Mitchell. I have my very grave doubts about Mitchell's psychological fitness to decide there was only one way out of that trap at the moment he did, and to my eye and ear, every ounce of those doubts was evident in every one of his friends as they agonized over what he was asking of them. I'm glad that, since it had to be, it was to save him from a danger far more immediate than "sooner or later I'll kill again." Even though that danger also means we go into S4 with yet more, as Nina so succinctly put it, "vampire bullshit" invading their lives. I would so much rather their lives be vampire-bullshit-free at long last!

    But I also wish they could have heard what he said to Herrick in the car, that sense of wonder in his voice when he looked back on his life. When he finally understood what Herrick never did: that the world has always been theirs, because it is everyone's, and that's enough. Mitchell never achieved the life he imagined, the ideal he sought on and off for the last few decades. But none of us ever do. What he did have was ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN YEARS of everything the world has to offer, and a sudden crystal-clear awareness of how amazing and precious that was. And I don't think it's an accident that learning to truly value his own life -- the one he's actually lived, not the one he dreamt of -- came out of his recent growing awareness of the value of the lives he's taken.

    If he chooses to call that life complete, to not spoil it by taking even one more life away from someone else, who the hell am I to tell him he's wrong?

    One final (for the moment) observation: It just struck me this morning that this is the end of the only season in which Mitchell did not drink a single drop of blood, and in which we saw neither black eyes nor fangs on him even once. (Other than, just to load irony on irony, in the teaser trailer and promo photos.) We watched the struggle of a man to come to terms with his life, and the man is who made the final decision about it.

    There are several people commenting over on the blog that they feel betrayed, feel like the message is that it isn't worth trying, that some people can't be saved. And I see their point, but that's the not message I see. The message I see is that the life we have right now is worth far more than we might think.

  • Comment number 40.

    Mitch will be back........
    the Supernatural side of life is a funny ole game......!

  • Comment number 41.

    Aidan, you were indeed a credit to all film/T.V. Vampires, up there with David from the LoSt BoYS and Christopher Lee's Dracula etc. Being Human to me was an unexpected treat and I've loved it from the start, so I await the next season with great anticipation.

    Well done to everyone for giving us such great thrills up till now.

  • Comment number 42.

    Truly feel like I've lost a member of my immediate family! I remember watching Desperate Romantics and thinking wow, that guy's gorgeous and played a great character in that - then when I spotted him on BH thought wow again - great character (in the interim watched him in Hattie - and again wow) - he really is a phenomenal actor and look forward to seeing how his future pans out - am sure he's going to go down in history as one of the all time greats - absolutely love him - he brought Mitchell to our screens and gave us the most beautiful vampire ever - how could someone commit such atrocities and you still feel so warm and full of forgiveness and love for him? He really did give the character the most fabulous personality and his interactions with the equally fabulous George were just so believable - they really did come across as the best of friends and I would imagine that rings true in real life. You will be missed Mr Turner by us all but am so glad Being Human continues. All the very best Aidan, the memories will haunt us forever. RIP JM x

  • Comment number 43.

    39 - WiliQueen

    Tears in my eyes over that post. It's bang on.

    We're beginning to get over the trauma of losing Mitchell and seeing what he actually gave his friends: a chance for them to be human too.

    Some wonderfully eloquent, inspirational and moving thoughts about Mitchell.

    See what you've done Aidan?

  • Comment number 44.

    Yep I'm crying too. Hard to imagine what Being Human is going to be like without Aidan, but I do feel it was the right thing to do, Mitchell's time was up.

    I'll remain a fan of Aidan's always and I'm awaiting series 4 with baited breath.

    Good luck for the future Aidan, your fantasic. I hope you have a long and successful career, can't wait to see The Hobbit!

    Lots of love,

    Kerry xxxx

  • Comment number 45.

    Is this video available on youtube? I live in Ireland and can get BBC3 on telly yet can not watch blog videos.

    Anyway that's another matter altogether! Aidan did a wonderful job of portraying Mitchell as his character evolved and went on a journey that unfortunately lead to his demise but it was fantastic viewing.

    His last scenes evoked an emotional response in the vast majority of the viewers which is the sign of a great actor. He can be proud!

    Best of luck to Aidan in New Zealand in the Shire with Bilbo and co!

  • Comment number 46.

    Oh, the "I'm doing this because I love you" line gets me every time.

    Thank you for twenty-two amazing hours, Aidan. I'm sure you will look back on your time at Being Human as fondly we can now look back on our memories of John Mitchell. Only a truly inspirational actor could make a television character so real that his death feels like an actual loss.

    Good luck in everything that you do. I am looking forward to the Hobbit all the more now that you are in it.

    xoxox

  • Comment number 47.

    I would like to say I hope you go onto bigger and better things but in my eyes nothing could be bigger or better than the Being Human series!!!
    I sobbed my heart out when george did the deed (literally)!!! but being an optimist I hope you will return to the show one day in some way , shape or form. I will continue to watch the show as I love all the other characthers but it wont be the same without Mitchell.....every girl loves a bad boy!!!

  • Comment number 48.

    Still gutted about Mitchell, blubbed again watching the bloody video! (knew I shouldn't have watched it)



    Good luck Aidan, in everything you do!
    Please don't forget us!!

  • Comment number 49.

    @39 - Beautifully put.

  • Comment number 50.

    Fantastic tribute to Aidan (and Mitchell), It's been absolutely fantastic watching Aidan develop as an actor and see the characters bond and grow together. Wish Aidan all the luck in the world for whatever next happens to his career.

    As for the show, its brilliant news to hear its been commissioned for another series and i await with anticipation for what happens next (fingers crossed for another terribly sexy vamp).

    Well done to everyone involved

  • Comment number 51.

    Goodbye to our very own vamp rockstar, I'm really feeling bereft at the moment..... What an amazing character and awesome acting.... RIP John Mitchell you will certainly be missed.... :0(

    Good luck with The Hobbit Aidan, I'm sure this is just the beginning of something much bigger and certainly well deserved!! xx

  • Comment number 52.

    I just want to wish Aidan all the best with his future career im sure it'll be a fantastic one and one I will be watching.

    The last episode was a brilliant, bittersweet, tear inducing way of leaving and though it will not be the same without him im looking forward to seeing it evolve onwards.

    Good Luck Aidan enjoy filming the Hobbit the next few years and everything else that comes along after that!

  • Comment number 53.

    Mitchell was believable in an unbelievable storyline...

    Great writing and great acting - thank you Aidan and everyone else. Being Human is the best offering from Auntie Beeb in a very long time!

  • Comment number 54.

    in mourning for Mitchell, just want him back in my life...

  • Comment number 55.

    good luck Aiden, the vamp done good..

  • Comment number 56.

    I have become so invested in John Mitchell and his struggle with being human that it broke my heart to see his final moments.(i cried so much I ran out of tissues)
    Aiden you are awesome and I know that you will be amazing in anything that you do. Good luck with everything.
    best wishes stace.
    PS drop over to OZ and say G'day, we're only across the pond now.

  • Comment number 57.

    Hey Aiden :-) you where just amazing for the three seasons you played Mitchell on Being Human, loved the journey you took us all on with him & I look forward to other work you will do in the future, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful career :) Good luck, all the best - Love Leanne xoxo

  • Comment number 58.

    Awwwww thanks Mr P for this fabulous memorial vid to the late, great (and ok...slightly mad as a gibbon) John Mitchell. I remember Toby saying two years ago that he took one look at Aidan's casting video and knew immediately that Aidan was Mitchell. I can't think of any other actor who could have portrayed the complex character of Mitchell so superbly that it caused thousands of people across the world to emotionally engage with a mass murderer, albeit a gorgeous one.

    I've had the great pleasure to meet Aidan on three occasions...he has always been generous with his time (and hugs..and kisses..) for his fans. I'm so going to miss you lovely man at future Being Human events as well as on the show itself, but your star is rising and you must follow it wherever it takes you. I'll be thinking of you as you transform yourself now into a dwarf: all the very best for your fantastic future ahead ...and I'll be rooting for you all the way.
    Dorina xx

  • Comment number 59.

    I think John Mitchell would like to "I just wanna slide away and come alive again" with out his supernatural abilities.

    Aidan Turner good luck, you made us fall in love with you. Make us proud.

  • Comment number 60.

    What an amazing actor, you really should be so proud causing such shock and emotion. We all fell in love with Mitchell and i haven't had a crush since i was a teenager! At 25 i wasn't expecting another ha ha!

    I can't wait to see you in your new roles, you sexy sexy man : D

    Please don't fade away from your english fans because i know your going to be an even bigger star!

    Good luck Aiden,

    Loves : ) x x x

  • Comment number 61.

    R.I.P. Mitchell :-(
    I still can't believe he's really gone! *sob*
    Can't really imagine the show without Mitchell, but we'll see...

    Aidan, thank you so much for 3 amazing seasons! And good luck for the future. I can't wait to see you in the Hobbit and everything else you're going to do.

  • Comment number 62.

    I love Being Human its funny, sad, dramatic and exciting all of the characters are well thought out and the scripts are brilliant i will really miss mitchell, Aiden Turner you did a fantastic job and im sooo sad you had to go but im sure you'll be fantastic in the Hobbit and i cant wait to see it so good luck :) Season 4 i am sure will be just as nailbiting as season 3 and everyone involved is to be praised for their performances lenora, russel and sinead you were amazing and i very much look forward to the next season.xxxxx and Toby "YOU DA MAN!!!"

  • Comment number 63.

    Aiden Turner gone....

    I shall miss John Mitchells incredible chemistry with everyone else in the series I missed Ivan and Daisy when they went but soon got over that.This however is going to take a little bit longer what appealed to me about John Mitchell was his long lived life 90 years to be precise he had seen it all not nessicarly the good he had seen everything that I as a 28 year old man could have only dreamed of history for Mitchell was like a photograph he could take out of his pocket and look at over and over again outwardly he looked like a young man on the inside he was long lived and full of character... I was deeply saddened to see him go the final look on his face and exchange with George a final act of defiance to the beast inside that had taken his humanity and his eyes as he said goodbye to his friend and comrade.

    Aiden you gave us such an awesome character I wish you well in your future endeavours the Hobbit being the next if I believe so you are worthy of the character you are going to play and of your place shared by other such greats as Ian Holm,Sean Bean,Viggo Mortenson and Christopher Lee in a universe that is every bit as rich as the one you left behind.

    Good luck Aiden

    and RIP John Mitchell..

  • Comment number 64.

    Every time I think I'm over this I start blubbing again. Group hug please.

  • Comment number 65.

    Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard,
    Some do it with a bitter look,
    Some with a flattering word,
    The coward does it with a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword!

    Some kill their love when they are young,
    And some when they are old;
    Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
    Some with the hands of Gold:
    The kindest use a knife, because
    The dead so soon grow cold.

    Some love too little, some too long,
    Some sell, and others buy;
    Some do the deed with many tears,
    And some without a sigh:
    For each man kills the thing he loves,
    Yet each man does not die.

    So with curious eyes and sick surmise
    We watched him day by day,
    And wondered if each one of us
    Would end the self-same way,
    For none can tell to what red Hell
    His sightless soul may stray.

    At last the dead man walked no more
    Amongst the Trial Men,
    And I knew that he was standing up
    In the black dock's dreadful pen,
    And that never would I see his face
    In God's sweet world again.

    Like two doomed ships that pass in storm
    We had crossed each other's way:
    But we made no sign, we said no word,
    We had no word to say;
    For we did not meet in the holy night,
    But in the shameful day.

    A prison wall was round us both,
    Two outcast men were we:
    The world had thrust us from its heart,
    And God from out His care:
    And the iron gin that waits for Sin
    Had caught us in its snare.

    Or else he might be moved, and try
    To comfort or console:
    And what should Human Pity do
    Pent up in Murderers' Hole?
    What word of grace in such a place
    Could help a brother's soul?

    With slouch and swing around the ring
    We trod the Fool's Parade!
    We did not care: we knew we were
    The Devil's Own Brigade:
    And shaven head and feet of lead
    Make a merry masquerade.

    But there is no sleep when men must weep
    Who never yet have wept:
    So we--the fool, the fraud, the knave--
    That endless vigil kept,
    And through each brain on hands of pain
    Another's terror crept.
    ___
    Alas! it is a fearful thing
    To feel another's guilt!
    For, right within, the sword of Sin
    Pierced to its poisoned hilt,
    And as molten lead were the tears we shed
    For the blood we had not spilt.

    We were as men who through a fen
    Of filthy darkness grope:
    We did not dare to breathe a prayer,
    Or give our anguish scope:
    Something was dead in each of us,
    And what was dead was Hope.

    For Man's grim Justice goes its way,
    And will not swerve aside:
    It slays the weak, it slays the strong,
    It has a deadly stride:
    With iron heel it slays the strong,
    The monstrous parricide!

    And all the woe that moved him so
    That he gave that bitter cry,
    And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
    None knew so well as I:
    For he who live more lives than one
    More deaths than one must die.

    For he who sins a second time
    Wakes a dead soul to pain,
    And draws it from its spotted shroud,
    And makes it bleed again,
    And makes it bleed great gouts of blood
    And makes it bleed in vain!

    They think a murderer's heart would taint
    Each simple seed they sow.
    It is not true! God's kindly earth
    Is kindlier than men know,
    And the red rose would but blow more red,
    The white rose whiter blow.

    Out of his mouth a red, red rose!
    Out of his heart a white!
    For who can say by what strange way,
    Christ brings his will to light,
    Since the barren staff the pilgrim bore
    Bloomed in the great Pope's sight?

    He is at peace--this wretched man--
    At peace, or will be soon:
    There is no thing to make him mad,
    Nor does Terror walk at noon,
    For the lampless Earth in which he lies
    Has neither Sun nor Moon.
    Yet all is well; he has but passed
    To Life's appointed bourne:
    And alien tears will fill for him
    Pity's long-broken urn,
    For his mourner will be outcast men,
    And outcasts always mourn.

    I know not whether Laws be right,
    Or whether Laws be wrong;
    All that we know who lie in goal
    Is that the wall is strong;
    And that each day is like a year,
    A year whose days are long.

    But this I know, that every Law
    That men have made for Man,
    Since first Man took his brother's life,
    And the sad world began,
    But straws the wheat and saves the chaff
    With a most evil fan.

    This too I know--and wise it were
    If each could know the same--
    That every prison that men build
    Is built with bricks of shame,
    And bound with bars lest Christ should see
    How men their brothers maim.

    And every human heart that breaks,
    In prison-cell or yard,
    Is as that broken box that gave
    Its treasure to the Lord,
    And filled the unclean leper's house
    With the scent of costliest nard.

    Ah! happy day they whose hearts can break
    And peace of pardon win!
    How else may man make straight his plan
    And cleanse his soul from Sin?
    How else but through a broken heart
    May Lord Christ enter in?
    ___
    And he of the swollen purple throat.
    And the stark and staring eyes,
    Waits for the holy hands that took
    The Thief to Paradise;
    And a broken and a contrite heart
    The Lord will not despise.

    And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,
    The hand that held the steel:
    For only blood can wipe out blood,
    And only tears can heal:
    And the crimson stain that was of Cain
    Became Christ's snow-white seal.

    In Barry gaol by Barry town
    There is a pit of shame,
    And in it lies a wretched man
    Eaten by teeth of flame,
    In burning winding-sheet he lies,
    And his grave has got no name.

    And there, till Christ call forth the dead,
    In silence let him lie:
    No need to waste the foolish tear,
    Or heave the windy sigh:
    The man had killed the thing he loved,
    And so he had to die.

    And all men kill the thing they love,
    By all let this be heard,
    Some do it with a bitter look,
    Some with a flattering word,
    The coward does it with a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword!


    With heartfelt thanks to Oscar Wilde, ballad of the Goal of Reading.


  • Comment number 66.

    im really sad hes gone he was the best on the show with the best storyline
    i look forward to seeing Aidan in other programs and films he is an amazing actor! best of luck Aidan :) alex

  • Comment number 67.

    SORRY FOR THE LONG POST :0)

    Thanks again Barry for another wonderful video. I am still "grieving" the loss of a wonderful written character (thanks Lord Toby), which the talented Aidan managed to make so real, so human.

    In a way though, I didn't really need to watch: I still have so many amazing Mitchell’s moments floating around in my mind…

    Some ppl might find "crazy" that so many of us have developed emotional attachment to some fictitious characters, and that we have invested so much of our own "real" feelings in following the so very flown and human lives of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost...I am not sure I can express in my own words why I don't find this strange...so if you allow me I am going to quote from a book that I read when I was a kid and that still sums up the way I feel about BH and the other written characters I have grown to consider part of my very own life, because of the very real feeling and thoughts they made me experience:

    "If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger--

    If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early--

    If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless--

    If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand (what Bastian did next)" why many of the BH viewers are so saddened by the death of Mitchell.

    The writing made him one of us, a friend with whom we shared a long, exciting, exhilarating and painful journey. And as it would be with any other friend, we are sorry to see him leave.

    Thanks Toby and Aidan. Mitchell will not be forgotten.

  • Comment number 68.

    Another dawn, another day eh?!

    Yesterday it was actually like I had lost a friend, a scary bad-ass mass murdering friend, but none the less still a lovable and loyal friend. :D

    Now I know that may sound weird to some but over the last two years there have been some pretty big changes in my life but one thing remained throughout, Being Human and the lovable threesome that kept me intrigued and guessing through out all 3 series. I have a (bad?) habit of getting really into characters in TV shows that I really like and to me one of the original cast leaving whether it be Annie, George or Mitchell (although admitedly more gutted about this as I have a huge crush on JM/AT!) is genuinely liek losing someone I know and love.

    But today I am thinking it through I am glad that the BH team and Aidan managed to find an ending to Mitchell's story that fitted in with the character and most of paid homage to his and George's unbreakable friendship.

    As a massive Being Human fan from day one I do have to say that I am sad to see Mitchell go as to me he was an amzing character and took centre stage but now as sad as I am (and believe me I am in tears again!) it's time for the others to step up and take the spot light.

    So thank you to everyone behind the scenes and the cast out front you have truly made a fantastic show and long may it go on!

    Lastly Aidan I for one will be following you on your road to super stardom as you (and the others) were cut out for it! Good luck even though you will be sorely missed here.

    ...sob...again...

  • Comment number 69.

    RIP Mitchell :( will always b missed

    Best of luck for the future Aidan
    Cant wait to see The Hobibt
    Looking forward to it even more than i was before :D

  • Comment number 70.

    Aidan, you stole the show when you appeared as Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics and that was no mean feat when you take into consideration the standard of the other actors. Then when you played John Schofield in Hattie I thought you'd never pull off such a straight role; but you did. Your best performance was undoubtedly as Mitchell in the wonderfully dark Being Human and now you will play a dwarf! If Peter Jackson has you made up to look anything like Gimli, the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings I'm sure I'll cry. Still, it's your performance we go to watch not those Celtic good looks ................

  • Comment number 71.


    I'd really, really, REALLY like to look at this but it says it's not available in my area. I'm in Ireland, I watch BH on BBC HD.

    Can you fix it please??

    Thanks :)

  • Comment number 72.

    67 - Truly most of us hope that being human will be a never ending story.

  • Comment number 73.

    OMG I'm crying again, and as a nearly 40 year old I really should know better! Good luck Aidan, I will miss you...

  • Comment number 74.

    Awwww, brought tears to my eyes again. Mitchell made me fall in love with vampires all over again - I have loved every minute of watching him on BH and will miss him soooo much next series. But hey, nothing lasts forever, all the very best of luck to you in the future Aidan mate - don't forget us here when you are rich and famous lol. And looking forward to seeing what Lord Toby has got up his sleeve for us next series!!
    Well done Aidan - you were legend.

  • Comment number 75.

    72 - :0) forgot to quote, thanks Ewan

    Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

  • Comment number 76.

    @ 64 Gingernut *hug and sniffles*
    @ 67 SaranethBell - I totally agree with everything you have written - especially the part about how non-BH fans cannot understand the love we have for ALL of the main 3 characters. My mates have been taking the mick out of me the last 2 days!! ;)

  • Comment number 77.

    RIP John Mitchell, you will be missed. One of the best charaters out there. If you can come back, please do so. If you are a ghost, when Annie decides to pass over, be there waiting for her.

  • Comment number 78.

    Us thickies on the blog are gonna miss you!
    X

  • Comment number 79.

    LONG LIVE KING MITCHELL! :)

    Mr Turner, you brought life and soul to Toby's character in a performance that will never be forgotten. Good luck with your future career - major stardom awaits, good sir! :) x

    Mitchell may now be gone, but I get the feeling we'll see him again... after all, none of us were expecting to see Herrick ever again! :)

    Thanks for the tribute Mr P and BHProd! :)

    (Also, well said Ewan [2]!)

  • Comment number 80.

    Oh dear feeling a bit choked up all over again but what a man! I feel very nostalgic for the first series because it really was sooo special but I think can see now how the characters had to evolve and grow. I'll miss Mitchell incredibly but I'll also miss Herrick. And so now I think it's time to take a step back from it all for a bit and just await s4 because I think Edgar's character going to be fantastic!

  • Comment number 81.

    Without doubt Mitchell was damaged but he was very much loved. Although he's a fictional character, he was very much alive to every Being Human fan out there. I want to thank Aidan Turner for playing this role so flawlessly. He's played him so well and should be proud. I hope he knows how much we will miss him as well as Mitchell. Best wishes to you Aidan!

    I should also thank Toby for creating this character and casting Aidan!

  • Comment number 82.

    Aidan, you were BRILLIANT playing Mitchell. You're a great actor, and I hope to see you on TV again soon.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what the new series of "Being Human" will bring us. Yes, we will all miss Mitchell, but I'm sure there'll be something in the new series for us to enjoy.
    "Being Human" is one of THE BEST TV series I've seen and enjoyed on TV in a long while.
    Great work guys! :-)

  • Comment number 83.

    I fell in love with Being Human when the first season was aired on Showcase in Canada. Since then I've had to watch it online. I was a British say, "Gutted" when Mitchell was killed.

    It is a compliment to Aidan Turner and the writers. The next day I cried and mourned like he was real, in fact, I even sought out to watch episodes of the Desperate Romantics.

    It would be great if Mitchell could come back as a ghost, he was the glue of the cast.

  • Comment number 84.

    Hi, I am from Mexico.
    Human beings is the best series ever.
    I will Miss the Vampire Mitchell
    :(

  • Comment number 85.

    I'm really hoping he comes back as a ghost or something :(

  • Comment number 86.

    I, too, have felt as if I have lost a dear friend these last few days. Having been with Being Human since series 1, I feel as if I knew Mitchell in person (and so wish i did!) so seeing him die on Sunday has stayed with me ever since. I was never a vampire fan before Mitchell and so loved this programme and his portrayal of the tormented but ultimately heartbreaking Mitchell. Please don't ever end production of this programme. My Sunday evenings will be a much duller place from now until Series 4 begins.

  • Comment number 87.

    How to survive 10 months without Being Human ?

    well by living, that is rather the message, he gave his life so humanity could live without being at risk, all in all he was a rather christic figure, a flawed Christ, but a vampire able to say without any pain Christ, God and Jesus clearly had no issues with faith and ieven if religious rituals were not his thingm he was a man of deeply rooted convictions about a God.
    And yes, he did extraordinary deeds. however strange at it may sound, G was the younger brother the only child never had, and it was brotherly love which sent him free. And sorely tempted he was by human love as Annie, and go on living eternally. But like in the Gethsemani garden asking God to be saved and accepting with grace he could not, he would not, he was humiliated by the barling crowds, that scene at the police station was a masterpiece, it was amazing, and the photo taking such a reminder of Saint Veronica, and finally that dawn, that sunrise which was to be his last, all so so beautiful stitched. And so it was that he would die, because he chose to die, and just like Pontius Pilate, not understanding , Nina who could not understand that vampiric bullshit, that message- afterall what do we know of our brother mind, may be what we think is c**p is possibly something righteous, there may be good reasons, very good reasons as why he could not kill himself, because G gave him somehow some sustenance as being undead and only by being killed by G could he be free, could he be no more a vampire but a very mortal, very human man.
    I agree with all the posters who say that having to claw back, climb back so much lost humanity, he was the most human or rather the one who had so much to go through to become human again.

    the authors, the writers of sucha soul searching trek have done an admirable work. I think that this show should be translated in every country, it is not an horror-sitcom tv drama, it is not a fairytale, it is an archetype, a timeless classic.
    We shall be grateful to the people who have reminded us this way of what Humanity is about

  • Comment number 88.

    All 4 of them got that last scene spot on and gave the character the ending he deserves. I have loved watching all 3 series with Mitchell in them, the acting has been so good and memorable.

    Good Luck Aidan in whatever you go on to do next, i'm sure you'll have a long successful career :)

  • Comment number 89.

    Simply Heartrending. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Mitchell, he'll be there through the mourning & memories of those who loved him, and in little echoes throughout future series. In fact Annie may have a dream or two, where she needs to be Spanked . . !

  • Comment number 90.

    Wow! So many new bloggers! Welcome! :)

  • Comment number 91.

    you're going to be missed,Mitchell was a brilliant character, but good luck with all your new ventures :) x

  • Comment number 92.

    Thinking about Edgar and government services, They are faceless these powerful people behind the scenes controlling so much of what we do. With forms and regulations we have to adhere to. Powerful and scary, Once we leave our parents and have to enter this new world where all our supposed freedoms come with clauses and stipulations.

    Sorry thinking how being human is still a metaphor for human day to day life.

    Anyway back to the faceless powers, where else would vampires old enough and powerful enough hide. in the pilot (Yes I am sorry not everyone has seen the pilot and some don't regard it as cannon) The Herrick there has one important line.

    "Our ancestors used to walk with Pharaohs and Kings,"

    I don't think that that is a lie just not out in the open, Advisor's to those in power always in the background, after all powerful as they are I don't think they'd be quick to give up power. All that had been faced so far had been the dregs of the vampires the street dwellers, A bit like the Mafia you have those on the street threatening people dealing generally being a nuisance, While the real power watched and pulled the strings.

    Sorry if this isn't Aidan related just thinking about what the arrival of the old ones means.

    It is a shame there will be no Mitchell but his journey is over now.

  • Comment number 93.

    Oh, Mitchell :(

    I've laughed, I've cried, I've definitely fallen in love a little bit... And when the inevitable finally happened, it couldn't have been more beautifully heartbreaking. From the moment he appeared on screen in episode 1 Mitchell, the vampire with a heart, a day job and a cheeky smile (remember that? When Mitchell used to smile? *sob*) was one of the best characters on TV and what a journey he's been on since then. I think it's to the credit of everyone involved that his story ended where it did and in the way it did, even if that means he can't ever come back. (though with the supernatural there is ALWAYS some way to bring people back, if the actor should happen to have a convenient gap between filming Hollywood movies ;) It couldn't have lasted forever, Aidan was clearly destined to go on to superstardom, and if there's any chance he'll ever see these comments I'd like to wish him all the luck in the world, he deserves it. I was excited enough for The Hobbit films even before the brilliant cast was announced, now I can't wait to see them so get a move on and start filming! ;)

    It's definitely the end of an era but it's not the end of Being Human, and I for one can't wait to see what happens in s4, as WiliQueen (39) said the tone of the show has changed so much since the beginning and a lot of that has been down to Mitchell's tortured state and his distance from the group, so who knows what's next in store for our guys - it's a blank slate. And it surely won't be long before the rest of the wonderful cast are off to follow in Aidan's lofty footsteps so let's make the most of this gem of a show while we can! So much love for Being Human and all involved in bringing it to us!

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi Aidan,

    I haven't yet watched the video tribute (I may just cry..lol) but I shall after doing this..I am abit back to front! :OP

    Gee,what can one say! First and foremost,all the very very best in your career Aidan,I for one can't WAIT to see you as a Drawf..lol.I often pop over to the 'one ring net' for all the latest 'Hobbit' news....what a gorgeous location to be filming in too,I love NZ!..(oooo Tom_In_Oz lucky you to be going there!! :O) )

    The last episode was really edge of the seat gripping stuff!..
    Like I was saying on Twitter,I didn't know WHEN Mithcell's end was going to happen, I thought it was one part then another etc uuntil it actually DID happen...watching you act is like watching reality,it's that good!!! :OD I am sure Mitchell has left George,Nina & Annie MUCH stronger then ever before :O))

    I shall miss your handsome presence in BH but hopefully,we will be seeing more of you on our screen's (and the BIG screen too! ) :O)

    Take care Aidan and have the GREATEST time ever...(wish you were on Twitter :OP lol )

    Your a Star!

    Loads of love & hugs,
    Lorraine
    X

  • Comment number 95.

    As for Mr Turner

    watched last night Hattie, and even if I am going to get plastered for it, it was certainly not the best of movies- mivies guys and girls, whilst A work was good, very good indeed, the movie was a sober reminder of what it takes to do a good movie: a stiry then a story and finally a story, A was good, but his best acting could not change the fact that the story was clearly not complete, that the main actress was sort of given a one-size fit all - grin role, that of the forlorn girl of all people Hattie Jaques, like an Ophelia, if this large bosomed lady- nothing wrong with that, I am not a thin lady, managed to attract 2 men like Le Mesurier and Scofield, she must have had more than 1 arrow to her bow! And both actors were given rather limited scopes to unfurl their wings. let it be a lesson to all, the best actors can only give what they are given.
    Aidan, please, do not accept to be bullied into playing a role that is not well thought about and written. It is already hard to imagine you as a dwarf(no problemo with the beard), but a dwarf out of all things! mind you I suppose it is a challenge and you are clearly liking challenges.

    So good luck, just like all the above posts, I shall be looking for your name at a theatre next to my surgery. You are young amd you are going to have such a wide range of roles to play. Great, man!

    Like Rhett Butler who will always goad us with that Clark Gable charm, your creation of John Mitchell is now yours thus ours forever.

    As we say in my native language, chapeau!

  • Comment number 96.

    I am still in shock in tell ya!
    I refused to read any spoilers nor did I keep up with the latest goings on so when George drove that stake in to Mitchell's heart, it was like it happened to me too. I couldn't believe it! Out of left field it was! I am still recovering. :o/
    It will definitely be a change to the dynamics of the show. Mitchell's absence will definitely leave a hole in the make up of the show. Not sure yet if it's a good or bad one. Only time will tell.
    Good on ya Aiden! Leave them wanting more Boyo! ;)

  • Comment number 97.

    Greetings from New Jersey, USA!

    Im here sitting in my living room with my 2 years old daughter reading all the comments, and Im crying like a teenager girl as if I have lost my first love, Im a wreck, Ill talk to her about Mitchell as my mom did about Barnabas Collins you will be a legend. Sunday's episode was very devastating to me, eventho I knew it was gonna happen because Kili the dwarf from Middle Earth have killed my favorite vampire ever, Im so heart broken right now, but I loved you Mitchell, you were the best vampire ever and now you are gone of the unrealistic world of supernatural beings.

    Thank you Aidan for giving us Mitchel the vampire that wanted to live with a werewolf and a ghost, no one could have given us a lovable and dark vampire as you did. You are acting skills will take you far.

    R.I.P. Mitchell the Human Being with a shining soul you will be remembered forever in my mind and heart!!!!!

  • Comment number 98.

    I will still watch BH4 if the loveable vamp is not in it, but I will never give up hope that there will be a way to bring John Mitchell back. I think I would have felt the same if any of the main characters had ‘died’ (like when Annie was sent to purgatory). And I really, really, REALLY want Aiden to join twitter x

  • Comment number 99.

    Aidan,

    Where do I even begin. You are a brilliant actor and I wish you the best. I know youre destined to become a superstar. For me the show will never be the same without. I can't imagine Being Human wihtout my Three Musketeers Annie, George, and Mitchell. You will be greatly missed.

  • Comment number 100.

    Excellent character, fantastic actor; you have had us on the edge of our seats; in tears of emotion and laughter, and always in suspense for the following weekend! Aidan Turner, you will be missed, but always remembered, you have been part of, in my mind, perhaps the best television series ever to reach our screens and your performance will always remain a legacy. I would like to wish you the very best of success for the future, and can't wait to see you on the big screen!

    I have no intention whatsoever of ending my loyalty to Being Human. Aidan was part of an incredible cast, put together by exceptionally talented and innovative people, which will still be with us for the next series and beyond. Russell Tovey et al will continue to leave us emotionally moved and in awe with their unprecedented talents; they are National treasures, with abilities that position them highly in the global arena. It has been a true pleasure to watch this series and see it develop from strength to strength. I still remember sitting in my flat about three years ago watching the first episode of Series 1 and was immediately hooked! I was so impressed with the Series I felt compelled to get in touch about it. I found Sinead Keenan on Facebook, and whilst not the best way to get in touch, perhaps even 'a bit rapey,' I sent her a message to say how much I enjoyed the series and that I was impressed by her acting, and wished her the best of success. She was even kind enough to respond to my email, so thanks again for that Sinead! My brother also had the pleasure of meeting Russell in London, in Burger King I believe (he was wearing a Freddie Mercury T-Shirt), and got a picture with him; one which he is very fond of, and said that Russell was a lovely chap!

    Anyway, enough chatter. Thank you Aidan, you have been fantastic, and again, I wish you all the very best! Bring on Series 4! =)

 

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