Toby on the conclusion of Being Human

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"Being Human really shouldn't have happened. A preposterous idea, an epic and circuitous development process, a modest budget - no, we really shouldn't have lasted. But Being Human was the little show that could, and that ridiculous idea managed to last 37 episodes, spawn an American version, 3 novels, an on-line spin-off and garner a shelf of awards.

But Being Human was always a collective effort, and none of that would have happened if it weren't for five separate groups of people.

First, the various producers and execs and script editors. Rob Pursey, Matt Bouch, Phil Trethowan, Polly Buckle and Laura Cotton. Every idea I had was enhanced, improved, enlarged and enabled by their brilliance and creativity.

Then there are the numerous writers and directors who have had to endure my capriciousness, vagueness, indecisiveness and propensity to steal their best ideas and pass them off as my own.

It's also given me the chance to work with - and write for - some of the finest actors working today. Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, Aiden Turner, Sinead Keenan, Jason Watkins, Michael Socha, Kate Bracken and Damien Molony. Looking at that list again now, I'm staggered by its ferocious talent and brilliance.

And I have to thank the BBC. Not because I'm obliged to, but because I literally have to. They gave us the opportunity to make Being Human and to make it in the way we wanted. Julie Gardner, Ben Stephenson, Danny Cohen, Beth Willis, Brian Minchin, Eleanor Moran, George Ormond and Zai Bennett were unwavering in their support, guidance, trust, love, enthusiasm, and gave us - and me specifically - an unprecedented level of creative latitude. For that I will always be grateful.

And finally - and most importantly - the fans.

I know many of them will be disappointed that the show isn't returning, but all good things come to an end.

We must remember too that the remit of BBC Three is to encourage and support new talent, to give them opportunities to make television, to test out new ideas and formats. In that sense Being Human is perhaps a victim of its own success. We can't really call ourselves a new show anymore, and much as I'd like to think of myself as a young thrusting new talent and not a bitter old war horse, the reality is we have a duty to move aside and make space for the next Being Human.

But much like the cast change from seasons 3 to 4, we viewed the news as an opportunity. It meant I could actually write a climax for the show, instead of it just popping out to the shops at the end of season 5 and never coming back. You've no idea how rare that is in television, and what a great opportunity it is to write something suitably definitive and satisfactory.

Consequently we've created what I hope you'll agree is an epic, thrilling and shocking finale that'll keep the fans guessing and speculating for years to come.

Then Being Human will belong to them. Once the credits on episode 6 roll, the future of all those characters will exist in the imagination of the audience, to do with as they please. But in a way the show always did belong to the fans. Their tenacity, passion and loyalty are what kept the show going and provided inspiration to everyone working on it.

I'm reminded of the scene in series 3, episode 8, with Mitchell and Herrick sitting in the car looking at the sunset. Herrick asks if Mitchell finds it amazing that soon this world will be theirs. And Mitchell says "It always was."

(Yeah, and then he stakes him, I know. Ignore that bit.)"

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by moonlight824

    on 1 Apr 2013 18:20

    Hi , has Being Human UK been shown on BBCA? Please let me know. In the states the show aired on Saturday nights at 10 PM and then reapeated at 12 AM.

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by La_peach_lazuli

    on 20 Mar 2013 21:27

    Dear Sir Toby,

    many thanks to you and your team! I loved the serial! Deep down it was true romance. More of that stuff, please!

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by Elaine Rowland

    on 16 Mar 2013 12:11

    It's been awesome, goodbye to Being Human and good luck to all of you that worked on it. Hope to see you again soon doing more original drama.

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  • Comment number 99. Posted by DSBirch

    on 15 Mar 2013 00:46

    Good, good, good.
    Finished Sad, Sad, Sad.
    But as you say 3 is for new.
    Never thought that I could actually like a vampire and a werewolve. But then they were Only Human!

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  • Comment number 98. Posted by Shelagh

    on 11 Mar 2013 23:03

    It was an excellent piece of work and all involved should be very very proud. Maybe it was right to end it, and on a happy note. Now it will be a classic to be enjoyed over and over rather than stretching it out to become something it was never intended to be. Now the story is complete. All the same, I still dream of a follow-up series one day. Well done, and thank you, Toby. Good luck with all your future projects.

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  • Comment number 97. Posted by amccaughtrie

    on 8 Mar 2013 15:56

    Really going to miss this having watched everything since the amazing trailer. It survived and thrived huge cast changes. Hope that all involved also thrive. Well done to everyone

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  • Comment number 96. Posted by La_peach_lazuli

    on 7 Mar 2013 23:34

    Another suggestion: Can't you bring Annie, Mitchell & George back, together with Alex, Hal & Tom? Aidan Turner has finished his dwarf-job. Might be available again.

    If not, try to hire Kit Harrington!

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  • Comment number 95. Posted by La_peach_lazuli

    on 7 Mar 2013 23:32

    To Sir Toby,

    I have watched all the episodes from season 1 to 4 and loved the series, being sceptical about its continuance. Had to catch up with season 5 from abroad and must say: I love it, too! Of course, there are some weaknesses in the plot, due to the limits of the production (place: still in the old B&B in Wales, supernatural problems: more or less the same) but the characters in season 5 are, again, genuine and interesting. I enjoy watching the interaction of Hal, Tom and Alex. Very convincing: Tom's crisis after not being promoted! Also, the chief of the replaced department is a very realistic character. I loved Bobby in episode 4! Shame that he had to die so soon!
    Only unconvincing thing: the old guy as the devil. Too creepy, though in the shape of an old moaner not that far from reality. I saw season 5 only on youtube now, but will definitely buy the DVDs!

    To BBC: Please allow Sir Toby either to continue BH or to produce another awesome series!

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  • Comment number 94. Posted by Stef

    on 6 Mar 2013 15:51

    I will be so sad to see this come to an end. It's a shame that some other channel won't pick up the rights like they do in the US. The whole series has been brilliant ... it's made you actually care about the characters and mourn their passing. I think the US version is still going strong ... and not a patch on the UK original ... WHY do all the really good show come to and end ... WHY, WHY, WHY?????

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  • Comment number 93. Posted by fancypants

    on 28 Feb 2013 11:08

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease do a JR Ewing/Dallas Dream type thingy in the future! Please dont say its over forever :P

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