Toby on the conclusion of Being Human

Thursday 7 February 2013, 10:16

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Toby's blog "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 1.

    Nothing to add, just standing ovations for everyone

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    Comment number 2.

    Looking for a silver lining - The good thing about today's sad news is that at least the writers knew it would be the final series. We will get the epic end that this brilliant series deserves.

    *returns to sobbing*

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    Comment number 3.

    Thank you for an amazing show Toby. We will always have it on dvd. They can't take that from us!

    Best wishes to all the writers, cast and crew for the future :-)

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    Comment number 4.

    *crying again*

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    Comment number 5.

    Just out of interest was it Toby's idea to have this be the final series or was it an executive decision? If it was out of Toby's hands then that's rather sad since I feel the show still has a lot of potential. I'm going to miss the trinity and our houses in Bristol and Barry. In any case thank you very much Toby for an amazing series. Also might there be an opportunity for some new books? Maybe set in series 4 or something like that?

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    Comment number 6.

    Am still in shock!! 😳But a happy shock😌 Sunday's episode was good but it didn't have the magic it use to have better to go out on a high cant wait to see the last episode some familiar faces would be good. Congrats to all the writers,producers,directors,actors and all the people behind the scenes that made being human the amazing show that it was 👍🌟🌟🌟🌟

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    Comment number 7.

    Brave decision and I'm ok with it. It has been a good innings. And I can only applaud all cast, crew and writers, bbc et al. for producing the best series in the last 5 years. It has been a blast. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
    Well done and best wishes for the future to all!

    Love Indigo xx

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    Comment number 8.

    Can we have a boxed set of DVDs so we can watch it when we are sad and missing it please !

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    Comment number 9.

    At least I'll finally be able to get the series on DVD.... any idea when I whole series boxset might be out?

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    Comment number 10.

    *Sobs uncontrollably* I cant believe it. I mean, we kinda knew it was coming and yet i feel like my heart has broken.

    Thank you everyone at being human, Cast, Crew and Fans alike. I love you all and cant believe that we are losing the show. I feel like im losing a dear friend.

    *continues to sob*

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    Comment number 11.

    Understood, *takes a moment to collect my thoughts*

    As everyone else has said thank you all for a wonderful and amazing show, you all really do make it the best thing on the tv, well according to me.

    Can't wait for the rest of this series its already looking so exciting.

    your all stars


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    Comment number 12.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful adventure. And for providing us with the promise of a decent smashing fireworks ending. Too many shows pettered out on their final days. You , on the contrary plan to leave doing the decent thing. Thank you.

    Could Steve tell us if the full season 1-5 box set will include all the added blog-online documents like for example Rook's emails so we can share our wealth of joys with friends so far unaware of the show.

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    Comment number 13.

    I am so happy the American version is still going and hopefully for many years to come. I never understood why the british don't have many episodes or years to their series (besides Doctor Who) This show could and should be your Doctor Who! Its brilliant on many levels and could last more than the meager 6 to 8 episodes you offer per year! Still missing Coupling..that show was not over for me as an American...but apparently it was over for the BBC..enlighten me..let me know how or why your series are cancelled..We have a ridiculous outdated system called Neilson ( which I don't truly understand)..But isn't Being Human still a hit for you guys? Why quit now? Also realize there is a Huge US fan base for all things British. I really believe this is a stupid decision and will miss the British version of Being Human.. but hope the US version lasts for 10 years and beyond

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    Comment number 14.


    I had posted in 2 blogs below Amazon is advertising for the 1st of April.; metthinks I tweeted it also.

    I agree with you on episode one. Something was lacking. Now maybe it was the aftermath, the deflated mood of knowing this would be the last episode one of the last season.
    'This story has to end' to quote Mitchell.

    Better end with confetti, cartwheels and fireworks then. Party-rings anyone?

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    Comment number 15.

    Well, the great writing continues, albeit as a "goodbye" to Being Human. Very nicely put Sir Toby - we will surely follow all your future work. Very sorry we are seeing the end of this fabulous drama but thankful to have been a part of it (if only as a fan). Truly witnessed some incredible young actors and a very unique and original show. As he says, it is a rare opportunity to write the ending knowing the end is nigh and so I look forward to a truly epic and unforgettable ending to this great programme. The characters, writers, producers and everyone involved in the whole wonderful collaberation have all become part of our extended family and I for one am truly grateful that I have been involved in the whole Being Human experience. Long may it live on in all of our hearts!

    Anyway ..... suggestion Lord Toby - Blockbuster Being Human Movie ???? !!!!

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    Comment number 16.

    *uncontrollably sobbing*

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    Comment number 17.

    Five wonderful years.- thank you Toby Whithouse. I cant say I'm not gutted but I'm not surprised, I cant help wishing that the character of Hal had been introduced earlier as there is so much to learn about him and we haven't even scratched the surface yet. A Hal spin off would be wonderful and I'm glad that there was a chance to end the series properly.

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    Comment number 18.

    It's a sad, sad day indeed. On the bright side, five episodes to go! (Is there an emoticon for "Brave Face"?)

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    Comment number 19.

    MancVamp... we'd offer you tissues but we just ran out here at Being Human HQ. That said, we know what's coming in the next installments. Save your tears, trust us.

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    Comment number 20.

    Been rooting for this show ever since I stumbled across the pilot one night.This last decade has been a golden era for quirky BBC drama and sci fiwith Doctor Who,Being Human and Sherlock that started,oddly enough,when Reeves and Mortimer redid Randall and Hopkirk.Just a tjought Toby,its been a while since Sapphire and Steel and Blakes Seven graced our screens.


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