And so, farewell.

With a heavy heart we have to say goodbye to Being Human. It's been without doubt the most enjoyable, the most rewarding and challenging experience of my entire career. I think I became a writer so I could write something like Being Human.

A word or two about the ending. We wrestled with the exact nature of the conclusion for a long time. Should it be definitive? If so, should it be a happy ending? Or would that feel somehow cheap and convenient? Should it be bleak? Would our heroes sacrificing themselves to save humanity be a fitting finale? But instinctively I felt that this would be too neat. I think I wanted the ending to be a comma, rather than full stop. The fact is that there simply isn't an ending that will please everyone.

As I've said before the world and the characters should belong to the fans now, and by leaving them dead or even human again would rob the audience of that. And so we settled on something deliberately ambiguous. Though I hope you'll agree that it preserves the defining qualities of the show. Our heroes are left courageous and united - wherever that may be.

But it doesn't quite end there. On the DVD there will be an extra scene - one that takes place, in my mind, a week or so after the end of Episode 6. It answers the question I'm sure you're all asking yourselves now - what's happened to them? Did they save the world? And at the same time it allows scope for further stories, a future life for the show and the characters.

I should point out that this wasn't intended as a way of boosting DVD sales! We always planned to shoot an extra scene for the DVD and when it came to deciding what that scene should be, we thought it would be a good opportunity to give a little closure. Even if 'closure' means the turning of another page.

But that's a little way off. So for now, let's celebrate all we've achieved. And I include the fans and the bloggers and the viewers in that. Together we made the show a success. We plucked it from the strange limbo of 'pilot land', cherished it and nurtured it and made it into something very, very special. So thank you all. From the bottom of my heart. I've always said that the tenacity and loyalty and passion of the fans kept me inspired and determined over the last five brilliant years.

I was asked the other day what I would like the legacy of Being Human to be. The stories that inspired me as an adolescent were the ones that took place in our world. I imagined I was just inches away from some epic conflict and all I had to do was reach out, pass through some invisible membrane and suddenly I'd be immersed in some ancient and secret story.

It made me see the world differently, it prompted me to create stories that allowed me to escape my drab and stultifying world. So in terms of a legacy I'd like to think that our show has made people look at the world in a slightly different way. That it's opened the door, just a crack, to your imagination and fanned the flames of your speculation and creativity. Nothing would make me happier than for these stories to have inspired you to make your own.

Be nice to each other.

Toby x

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by Gingerbites

    on 17 Mar 2013 13:12

    My evenings will be a little emptier without the familiar Being Human story to follow, like saying goodbye to friends who are moving away. The Being Human world you created had me laughing, crying and willing on the characters. It had me involved in their struggles and I thank you for the way in which it truly did encourage my imagination (what a legacy of inspiration). Not only that it had the most wonderful actors giving such astounding performances that were a joy to watch. Hats off to you all and I hope you all continue to more success.

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by make-mine-a-kiaora

    on 15 Mar 2013 01:27

    Thank you also to the bloggers and keepers of blog mansions for being such a welcoming community. I've really enjoyed my chats on here and reading, and even beginning to dabble in writing, the stories on the fanfiction site.

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by make-mine-a-kiaora

    on 15 Mar 2013 01:18

    Thank you Lord Toby and all the writers, directors, actors and everyone who has worked to make the 5 years of BH a reality.

    It's been gripping, moving, tragic and funny,with characters that you care deeply for. A powerful testament to compassion, courage, loyalty and the redemptive power of friendship. It balanced terrible tragedy with hope, and I'm glad this carried through to the end.

    You built something life affirming and very special. You should be proud.

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by make-mine-a-kiaora

    on 15 Mar 2013 01:07

    testing as trouble posting this week

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by db

    on 14 Mar 2013 15:30

    I am a most recent convert to this amazing programme. Still doing catch up on previous episodes. I loved the characters, their existential struggle their unity and ambivalence. The ending was befitting their struggle. How rare that in the end of it all good wins out. I will sorely miss my weekly show. Tx for the exquisite writing.

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by buzzbrain

    on 13 Mar 2013 19:07

    @111 tweetman

    :'-) Such a sweet story you're telling us there. So glad for you that your family found it as great as you and that you now can share it. Sharing wonderful things just makes the joy better.

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by agenna

    on 12 Mar 2013 21:54

    Thank you Sir Toby,
    Thank you for such a brilliant series a Being Human, and the finishing of it done with such class it was wonderful.
    But what i loved the most was the beautifully touching final shot with the Mitchelle's gloves, georges star of david, Annie's mug of tea, Nina's baby scan and so on to the wolf, it was a lovely thing to do to remind us of the journey You have taken us, all the tears and laughter, the drama passion and discovery of themselves and the meaning of 'Being Human'
    I have watched all of every Being Human that has ever been made and will miss it dreadfully.
    I will admit there was a moment where i was unsure how it would be without the original cast but with such talent I was wrong.
    I would like to say with that last shot, i had a tear because if they really have become human there is part of me that mentally swapped the individuals to the original cast to see Mictchell start over with Annie, Annie getting the life she deserved and George finally being free of his curse, so he and Nina could finally get there life 'without excuses' as a couple. (and that was easy to see due to the beautiful way in which You wrote it Toby.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, you truly rock.
    I wait with baited breath for your next project.

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by TheTweetman

    on 12 Mar 2013 19:57

    My watching of this has cone a long way from downloading (Slightly illegally) the first couple of episodes onto my phone of series one at sone time during 2010 and watching them in my bed on a tiny screen, headphones in so my mum wouldn't hear, staying up to two, maybe three in the morning just to know what happens next. You gripped me so tightly, and I didn't want your stories to let me go.

    They never did. I got through series one, and caught part of S3 on telly, so had to buy the first two dvds. Then I watched them all. I caught up with series 3 after that, and discovered the blog. I introduced my whole family to this, and we all watched series four together, on tv and my mother and I cried terribly at the end of that, it was so deft and gripping.

    But now I've left home, and couldn't watch this final seson with my family, so we just had emotional phone calls into the night afterwards. It was a great three years for me (and five for those who were maybe not thirteen when it started) and I'm looking forward to the summer, back home, where my family are going to start from the beginning and watch every scrap of being human right from the beginning. That may mean an illegal download of the pilot but you'll forgive me?

    But what you said in your blog, Toby, about the best stories being the ones in our world, that's a feeling that made me love being human so much. It was always so real, so grounded in the real world. I could honestly beleive that it was happening just down the street, and I think THAT is what a truly successful tv show needs to make people feel.

    being human, you have been brilliant. Easily my favourite TV series of all time. You had such brilliant characters, some brilliant extra bits to be found on the internet to a level you don't see often, and the blog has been wonderful after I found it.

    So, thank you for the best tv show ever, and I wish everyone involved the best luck for the future to make something as good, if not better, because as impossible as that may seem, if anyone can be better, it has to be those who were the best.

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by Peter d Asige

    on 12 Mar 2013 17:14

    Thanks. Has it really been five years? Thanks. It has become a part of my life. On the list of the inspiring. Unforgettably human.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by Amber

    on 12 Mar 2013 08:47

    Thank you Toby and all the cast, crew and writers for five brilliant years. When I watched episode one I could never have guessed how much I would love this show and how much I will miss it now it's over. Who would have dreamed that you could introduce a new trinity and make me care about them even more than the originals? I never cry watching drama programmes but Hal's moment before he dared look in the mirror finally changed that. There has really never been anything like BH and I doubt there ever will be again. Thank you for the fantastic ride. I am sure that you and all those involved will go on to more great things, you all deserve massive success in the future.

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