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Garret Keogh, Online Editor | 14:14 UK time, Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Herrick in the Attic

Ladies and gentlemen... This is the story of how Herrick became a vampire.

The scene was written by Sarah Phelps, writer of Being Human Episode 5, The Longest Day. Sarah's kindly allowed us to upload the script here and reveal what was originally planned for the first scene of the ep.

If you were following the blog last year you'll be pleased to see the re-appearance of Hetty, a character last seen in our exclusive online prequel featuring Ivan and Daisy.

But why was it cut? Script Editor Laura Cotton explains... "We didn't use it in the end because we wanted Herrick's arrival to be lined with ambiguity as to whether he was aware that he was a vampire or not. Putting this at the start would have suggested that mentally his timeline continued from this moment to the moment on the psych ward."

What do you think... were the team right to cut the scene?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Oh my, this is good. Would have been brill to watch. Just the look on Herrick's face as he realised what he got himself into - about the same as when George was about to tear him to shreds...

  • Comment number 2.

    Very good.

  • Comment number 3.

    oh, i was just going to sign off, and now i must read this....knew this would be addictive! :)

  • Comment number 4.

    Yeah, confirms Herrick was a complete power-grubbing worm before he was turned. Would have been a great scene to watch, but I can see why they cut it - it would suggest that he was faking his amnesia.

  • Comment number 5.

    Oooooh, lovely, getting backstory like this. Interesting too, because, when asked, Jason thought that Herrick would have been good in his previous life, but here he is obviously still Machiavellian and immoral.

    I'd love for this to be filmed at some point, even if it was originally discounted as part of the overall story arc. Perhaps as a bit of backstory like they've done with the other protagonists (apart from Nina) and linked on this blog. Actually, I'd love to see some Nina backstory filmed as well. Perhaps if I win the lottery and was able to make a 'donation'.... xx

  • Comment number 6.

    Cool! Would have really liked to have seen this...
    Thankyou for sharing.

  • Comment number 7.

    So not a very nice person from the very beginning. It does read back to the unlamented Richard
    "The depravity of the human heart knows no bounds. Name your blackest desire and somewhere out there in the will be someone out in the sweating mass of humanity you'll find somebody all to happy to gratify them."

    And in the time of Herrick there would be a lot of money to be made that way. I don't think Hetty was the first only the last.

  • Comment number 8.

    Agree it would be nice to have had this filmed and available with the other back story snippets, although I can see how it wouldn't really fit with the episode as shown.

  • Comment number 9.

    Brilliant! I didn't see that coming until the mirror!!

  • Comment number 10.

    Why didn't you film it?!!! Herrick doesn't have a prequel! I would have loved to have seen this.

    So our Herrick was always evil. Makes sense actually. He did say after all that vampirism heightens your personality traits.

    8- WhiteHare I agree it would not have fit with the flow of the episode.

  • Comment number 11.

    Certainly ties in with what Nina said to Mitchell, even if it isn't true about him it is certainly true about Herrick. Nasty piece of work. Pity Hetty recruited him rather than just having him as a snack.

  • Comment number 12.

    Ooh, Herrick in a frock coat! Turned by Hetty! Excellent. Neat, too, not knowing, initially, if Herrick is buying or selling.

    "Sulphur and honey" perfectly encapsulates him.

    Hetty backstory, please???

  • Comment number 13.

    Brilliant! Love it! Agree it wouldn't have fit with the episode but I hope maybe we can get it filmed one day for a deleted scene?

    Though adore the detail and attention paid to the script, beautiful writing there as well.

  • Comment number 14.

    I also agree, this would make an excellent prequel.

  • Comment number 15.

    awww.. always loved and imagined the idea of our vampires in victorian brothels or 30s cabarets (which were sometime not very different from borthel). the smell of decay and sweat and the suffused lights and soft music in the background so much in constrast with the violence and lust of what goes on in the rooms behind curtains of gold and velvet..

    ah!
    I can see why it was cut off.. I can definitely see what kind of man Herrick has always been, I asbsoluely need to see next episode.

    That scene in the sneak peek.. that looks like an era I might love.

  • Comment number 16.

    Brilliantly written as ever. It would of been nice to see it as Herrick's prequel but its good just to know how Herrick was turned. I must say i never thought Hetty could be involved but its good she made it back in to our BH lives.

  • Comment number 17.

    Please allow the clips to be viewed outside the UK, I love Being Human and paid a TV licence for over 20 years!!

  • Comment number 18.

    Ooh, nice! I'm glad they cut that from the beginning of episode 5 as I think it would have taken away from the ambiguity over Herrick's return but I'm glad we're getting to see it now! It's definitely added something to Herrick's character that we didn't know for sure before - the certainty that even pre-vampire he was deep down not a nice man, to say something like that about his colleagues without even realising he's saying it... Hetty had obviously spotted something in him that she thought was worth hanging onto, like Herrick later claims to have seen in Mitchell... And this is the man now living in the attic getting looked after by lovely Nina! He doesn't know what he is but he still can't be seen on CCTV so presumably is still a vampire, it's only a matter of time before he works out how powerful he was/can be! 5 days and counting......

  • Comment number 19.

    Yesss.....Should have deffo kept this scene.
    Hetty didnt seem that bothered when he got him self killed.
    Dont blame her after that.

  • Comment number 20.

    What an amazing scene that would have been....and a great script from Sarah Phelps. That was a real surprise to me...I would never had connected Hattie and Herrick in the fact that she was his 'maker'....I would have loved to have seen that scene filmed but then what would I have been prepared to have dropped from episode 5 to accommodate it?...that's the problem, as I wouldn't want to give up on any of episode 5.

  • Comment number 21.

    Loved reading that. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Comment number 22.

    Ooh thanks for that, really interesting to read. Agree with the above that it would be good to see it filmed at some point even just as an extra, but for what it's worth I think it was the right decision to cut it. As good as it is, I think the ambiguity of Herrick in the last episode was even better. Although this does confirm my theory that Herrick just wasn't a nice man before being turned, I think it would have given just a bit *too* much away in the episode. Really great writing though and very atmospheric, I could totally picture it!

  • Comment number 23.

    Re-reading the script, tryingto tone down my excitement for the setting, I thought that herrick is real the epithomy of the quote "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely".

  • Comment number 24.

    WOW! I thought it was brill! I wish they'd have filmed it but I do agree with loads of you saying that it wouldn't go with the episode. I hope they do film it, it would be an amazing scene!

  • Comment number 25.

    Now this I would have loved to have seen...Sarah Phelps' script sets the scene perfectly, you can just imagine it. Hetty was a pretty old vampire as we know from the Ivan and Daisy prequel. And she still had her own fangs...

    It's a shame this couldn't have been made into a blog video as an extra prequel, or as an extra for the DVDs (bit late I know). It would really have been really worthwhile.

    Thanks BH Production!

  • Comment number 26.

    Absolutely stunning! Amazing attention to detail, I could absolutely see every shot in my head. I'm glad to find out that Herrick has always been a twisted character, I never felt any pity for him whatsoever and now there is no chance that I ever will. I'm not sure how it would have came across in the context of that particular episode... it seems to me that he has always been devious and I agree that perhaps seeing this would've made us question whether he was faking his condition even more. We are still questioning whether he is aren't we - or have I missed something?

  • Comment number 27.

    I loved reading that! And I would love even more to be able to watch the scene. *hint hint* xD Shame it can't be filmed now and added to the blog, or even as an extra on the DVD's.

  • Comment number 28.

    Oh yeah BHP, please let Sarah Phelps write more for series 4! This ep was absolutely one for the girls; regardless of if you like it or not Nina is a strong woman, and I could talk about Annies awesomeness forever. Knowing that Hettie turned Herrick just adds to the lady power (yes, I did say lady power. Yes I am slightly ashamed)

  • Comment number 29.

    Laurar...share your enthusiasm for Sarah Phelp's writing....just one serious omission in my opinion....Aidan didn't take his shirt off!!!

    Ahem...ok...focusing back on Herrick...have had a few thoughts since Sunday....I think he hasn't, even by the end of episode 5, realised what he is, but there's no doubt that he resurrected as a vampire..ie he has no soul. His cruelty to Cara and easy manipulation of the tensions and situation in the house show that he will 'play' each of the awesome foursome to his own advantage. I'm waiting for Mitchell to completely lose it with him...and for McNair to return...you just know that Herrick and McNair will not be a good combination

  • Comment number 30.

    28-Laurar you are too funny! Lady Power! but yeah I don't like Nina but I would never say she's not strong.

    Since I'm a serious BH addict and newish to the blog. please forgive me if this was already discussed. I was rewatching the Annie Broadcasts as I have to think they didn't haved her fight so hard to keep her sanity (well Annie type sanity) to come back to be so "wet". I know she has power to unleash on the world...lol

    Anywho as I was watching (#8 to be precise), I totally missed that she mentioned that people from a possbile train crash arrived about 20 all huddled together like they were planning something. Well I heard it but paid it no mind as I knew the massacre was before she went to purgatory. But as I heard her say one of them looked right at her and was talking about her...I now think that may have been that Lia person.

    Also, at different points in the broadcast you can hear music as if someone was trying to pick up a signal on a radio. Could that have been when Mitchell was trying to hear her with the radio he took from George?

    Any thoughts? Again I apologise for rehashing things that may have been already discussed and I know this isn't the blog for it. I didn't knwo where else to put it. I did try to read the comments below the broadcasts but I may have missed anything pertinent.

  • Comment number 31.

    Evening everyone! Hoe are you all tonight? :D Aww, thankyou so much for this BH Prod!! And huge thanks to Sarah Phelps for letting us see a little more of Herrick's history.

    How cool! Loved the setting of the scene and how instantly unlikable Herrick was. :D I first thought Hetty was a vampire, then suspected the madame had Recruited them both at the same time... should have followed my gut instinct huh? lol

    Oh heartily agreed with everyone who said this would make a brilliant backstory film - it needs to be seen! Please? Maybe have all the back stories on the S3 DVD too.. hmm/ ;) :P

    ^^ Thankyou so much again for all the wonderful updates and tidbits you give us.
    KC

  • Comment number 32.

    Anglo, Laurar, Dorina.. absolutely 100% agree on applaudin Sarah Phelp's writing.
    The details, the subtlety of the chosen words.. everything fits just perfectly.

    I never really understood the mythology behid vampires in BH somehow... are they inhabited by a demon? do they have no soul? I've never seen any sort of religious concept applied to them (except their vulnerablity to power-loaded-objects - but this goes also for the pentacle on mcNair's arm.. so not really in a specific religious tradition, just..protection talismans)

    And I'm too longing to see McNair vs HErrick. I'm longing to see the McNairs anyhow, actually.

    concerning Herrick: he was evil before he turned, he used people as a human, he can't be very different now. and I think it won't take long for him to realise who he really is.

  • Comment number 33.

    Also been thinking about Lia....no doubt others have mentioned this previously...that voice on the Box Tunnel helpline certainly sounded like Lia....making me think that Herrick's turning up in Barry Hospital has been somehow 'planned' as part of the Long Game. Everything is being engineered to cause distrust and disruption in the relationships between Nina, George, Mitchell and Annie.
    The question for me is...who is really pulling the strings?..and is the B&B more than what it seems?

  • Comment number 34.

    Dorina, Laurar, Kinkyclawz: We *heart* Sarah Phelps..her writing is really suiting the Being Human ideas!

    Dorina: Agreed that Herrick has no soul as he is still a vampire though may not remember being one, now that he's been resurrected. He still has that sixth sense, though..worked out Annie is different to the others, knew that Mitchell was more than 'normally' dangerous and that George and Nina were easily manipulated, and intends playing on them, one against the other, until there is indeed deep division within the house.

    Am still very unsure about Mitchell surviving all of this. Either he will be leaving the foursome or one of the others will.

  • Comment number 35.

    33. Well, If I have learned soething about the BH world, is that coincidence do not exist. Especially not for our four heroes.
    So everything must be happening for a reason.. maybe the old ones,maybe something new (possible cliffhanger for S4?)
    And what about the zombies?I'd be disappointed if we don't get anything else from that area.

  • Comment number 36.

    Agreeing with all the bloggers who think the ladies are showing real strength in series 3....Annie and Nina are the ones with the power I think...they may not realise it yet...I have a feeling the whole cliff-hanger ending will hinge on that girl power.

  • Comment number 37.

    WOW!!!! That would have been amazing to see filmed, but can understand why it wasnt. Would have given more back story to Herrick, we was a nasty pasty even before he was turned which is very interesting.....I dont think Mitchell was exactly a saint either!

    Goes to show that what he said in ep5 season 2, the flash back episode where Mitchell first meets Josie, Herrick says something along the lines of 'You dont change once you've been told, thats just a story we tell them to ease the pain, of killing and murdering those near' or something along thoses line, cant remember it word for word but just goes to show you really!

    I love the backstories, find out what the characters were like before they were turned, Hope we get more =D

    x x x x x x x x x

  • Comment number 38.

    I like that ladies are shwoing strength, not that they were peripheral or dull before, but most of Annie's sotrylines in S2 were isolated from the context.. Nina has needed time to gow on me.. I think we've started to see it coming from last series though.. Daisy was strong and feeble at the same time, and Cara grew as a charchter, even her death was that of a classic tragic hero in some way..

  • Comment number 39.

    I agree with the other bloggers. This would make an awesome prequel! Can someone help me remember where we saw Hetty? I think I missed it. Thanks!

  • Comment number 40.

    Thanks, it was really good, I really enjoyed reading that! I could picture it in my head perfectly. Didn't remember who Hetty was until I rewatched the Ivan and Daisy prequel. There are so many character that haven't made the main show, perhaps it's time BH novels, where these 'other' characters can be fleshed out?

    Or is Hetty going to be in this series??

    Can the episode scripts for series 1 & 2 also be published in a book please? I'd love to see how they read and the descriptions and everything, it'd be fascinating! I'm not the only here who would find it really interesting to see how BH was written and what the actors see.

  • Comment number 41.

    39. Hetty was in the Singapore prequel for Ivan & Daisy.

  • Comment number 42.

    "I'm going to tell you a secret but I think you already know it. Becoming a vampire doesn't change your personality that's just a little lie we tell the newcomers to get them through their first kills."

    "It doesn't change their personality it liberates it."

    William Herrick

  • Comment number 43.

    29: Can't wait for McNair and Herrick to meet up...explosive or what!

    And it would have been fun to have seen Hetty back in a fleeting visit too. All this girl power!

    Annie has power. She knows it and the others think they do but are too distracted with their own situations to know how strong she is. Maybe she is the only one who can deal with Lia, they are both immortals after all.

    Indil: Am thinking that Herrick is as a vampire is..without a soul. He didn't sound as if he had much of one before he was a vampire anyway! I'm surprised Hetty didn't kill him instead of recruiting him but then we wouldn't have a Herrick!

  • Comment number 44.

    Excuse all the typos!

    I meant: "I'M SURE I'm not the only one here.."

  • Comment number 45.

    I just googled Sarah phelps and there's this great interview with her here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/sarah_phelps.shtml

    I love her last comment most!

    (Hope it's not inappropriate to post this here?)

  • Comment number 46.

    Right ladies, am off for the evening, feeling rather rubbish so need my sofa/bed! See you, and all the gents on here, soon...carry on blogging!xx

  • Comment number 47.

    43. Yes, Annie was going all poltergeist again when Mitchell hurt her, but she managed to control and not tear the whole house down. Controlling power needs a lot of power.. possibly all the bits we've seen in S2 were like an initiation journey into self-confidence and awareness of her powers.

    Vampire and soul. Yep, this is a solution. I think we didn't get a definite explanation about thet by his worshipfullness Lord Toby, did we?

  • Comment number 48.

    That's a great interview. I liked the "thick skin" comment.

  • Comment number 49.

    #40 Oh I agree Millipod! I'd DEFINITELY buy script books for all the BH series, including deleted and rejected scenes! And if there's one for the pilot, I'd get that too! In fact there's so much scope for merchandise for the show its surprising there isn't more.

    Ahem, back on topic, its very true that its looking like the women among the cast are going to be the ones saving the day. I think Annie was pretty much sidelined on S2 simply to build up her feeling unnecessary to the group. Her feeling left out led to her decision that she was ready to be helped along through a door, after all. but her comment in ep5 about (and I paraphrase) being "able to tear the whole house down if she wanted" could prove prophetic-though not literally I hope.

    Hmm, I'm still not sure. I think in the beginning Herrick WAS unaware of himself but the script proves he was never the kindly gentleman he pretended to be. He's definitely now at least partially aware of being powerful, thanks to Cara who appeared to awaken some kind of memory in him. :D

    KC

  • Comment number 50.

    Off to have dinner. Kinda late it is.
    You bloggers take away my time awareness.
    'later!

  • Comment number 51.

    Had a rummage around in that writersroom section and found this - ta da!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/downloads/scripts/being_human_s1e1.pdf

  • Comment number 52.

    #46 Aww, hope you feel better soon sweetie. Not an allergic reaction to something I hope. *hugz*

    #50 Hehe, enjoy!

    #51 Thats mint! Thanks WhiteHare! It makes fascinating reading, doesn't it?

    :D KC

  • Comment number 53.

    Amazing, i didn't even need to see it because the writing took me right there.

    Ivan said Hetty was "one of the old ones". Herrick's obvious hatred for the human race is probably the reason she didn't just have him as a snack... his evil nature is what "saved him" which makes me think she also gave the secret of resurrection to Herrick because they would need vampires like him to continue their race.

  • Comment number 54.

    Evening! Wow, that script was so amazing, so visual! Excellent writing!

    That's why I love this blog, I love all the extras available, and this one just answers so many questions! Thanks Sarah Phelps and the BHP! Your all stars!

    So...anyone else think the old ones have Daisy now? To clean up the mess really?

  • Comment number 55.

    51 -white hare: oh my god! That's great rummaging! I started reading the script, it just makes me want to watch ep1 again!

    *goes off to rummage some more*

  • Comment number 56.

    i've watched it yesterday! lol

  • Comment number 57.

    Reading the script actually makes me appreciate the actors so much more.

    As someone with no acting talent whatsoever I just read the script like I would a book, but when you compare the words to all the nuances of the actors' performances and their voices and everything, its amazing really, what they can do and how much life they bring to the words.

  • Comment number 58.

    Thanks for posting the script! as milipod said...makes you love the actors even more.the writers too, and casting...lol

  • Comment number 59.

    51-WhiteHare, thank you so much for the script discovery. I've just spent the last half an hour reading it, remembering, giggling and sighing. It was such a good first episode, some fantastic writing in there :)

  • Comment number 60.

    Now that we know Herrick’s instinctive nature even to children, it makes me fear even more what may happen when he realises not only what he but also what George and Nina are because that will mean danger for the baby. Herrick wants to corrupt and manipulate and he may decide having a baby werewolf/cub who will swear allegiance to a vampire is the ultimate killing machine/ status symbol. (Tom's loyalty McNair who raised him....) Killed by a werewolf and then served and adored by one...this could be his biggest triumph... lets hope Nina and George come to their senses soon.

    Herrick is such a great character that I will be bereft when he dies because I waited so long to have him back, S2 lacked a little something without him, but he must die!!!

  • Comment number 61.

    Well as the series go forth I am ever more convinced that Herrick is one of the ost brilliant villains aver written, and Jason Watkins is just as perfect as he could be in playing it.

    Everytime i am amazed by the ability in casting actors for BH

  • Comment number 62.

    61. Agree about Jason Watkins - he is ace.

    Just had a giggle over "I can actually talk to a woman without weeping or setting fire to myself" - ah, they were more innocent days, then. :)

    And now I want to write a script - gahhhh!!!

  • Comment number 63.

    While rummaging I found an interview with Toby whithouse:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/toby_whithouse1.shtml

    It's fascinating, it goes into his whole thinking about how e created BH, how they write the episodes together and stuff... Sorry if this has been posted already, it might be well-known to all you bloggers..

  • Comment number 64.

    51 - you are both my hero and my villian. I read the script (WHICH I LOVE) and it made me want to watch S1E1. So I did, the first 5mins anyway and that just made me sad. Mitchell is so happy in it and Annie is so bouncy in it. I love George and Nina so I'm watching it imagining that George is happier now but for the other characters everything seems to have gone downhill ever since! :(

    Back on topic! I would LOVE to see this! I can picture it in my head but Watkins would have just brought this totally to life! I wish they'd slotted it in another episode like when Herrick remembers or when he dies. In a quick 'Herricks life story' flashback.

    Ah. Brilliant.

  • Comment number 65.

    Are the druids really druids or have the old ones arrived.

  • Comment number 66.

    I know :( I have lent out my S1 DVDs (I *need* them back LOL) but I watched the "doggy style" clip on YouTube the other day and Mitchell looks so fresh-faced and cute in it - a far cry from the brooding, tortured creature of S3 :(

  • Comment number 67.

    I don't think the vampires of Being Human are soul-less. I think they can appear that way if they're actively feeding as it seems to give them a kind of predatory high and dumbs down their conscience. I think that's what Herrick meant by his comment:

    "It doesn't change their personality it liberates it."

    I.e. in his twisted view, the numbing of conscience liberates one to do what they want essentially. Of course one could also argue the opposite, the thirst for blood is a weakness, in the end for all their power and immortality, vampires are junkies.

    Of course when they do abstain, it seems the conscience returns. Mitchell even stated once that was the reason why vampires fell back off the wagon. Not because of the thirst, (although I'm sure that's a factor) but the guilt. It's one reason Mitchell has been so ratty this series, and why Ivan couldn't kick the habit in series 2.

    Anyway, very interesting script! Thanks for sharing! I think it was best that it was left out but it showed us interesting things concerning Herrick's character. (Possibly too much actually, as it seems certain now that Herrick really still is a nasty piece of work. Mind you... the end of the episode gave me that impression anyway.)

    It was suggested somewhere (I think on one of the blog posts -POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT:) that Herrick had reverted to his 'Victorian gentleman' state when he was just turned. (Mentally not physically.) That might explain his dislike of blood (i.e his body may still crave it, but it's still anathema to him, thinking as a human) , and lack of memory (which I think is genuine). And of course he is still manipulative and ultimately amoral.

    Concerning Hetty, I wonder how it will work having her back? The problem with children is that they grow fast. In her case, well, she can't. Maybe they'll bring in another actress, or just turn a blind eye...

  • Comment number 68.

    Sorry for the double post, but considering this:
    "Mitchell even stated once that was the reason why vampires fell back off the wagon. Not because of the thirst, (although I'm sure that's a factor) but the guilt."

    I think it might actually have been Ivan who said that, not Mitchell. My memory is vague. I should pick up the DVDs at some point.

  • Comment number 69.

    Mardroid- totally agree re vampires and souls, Laura said in S1 that she could feel her old self fading and the bloodlust taking over which is why she asked Mitchell to stake her. I think the soul gets suppressed through the craving of blood but when they get staked the soul is set free.

  • Comment number 70.

    what i would really love is a show about Herrick, the early years then even when he leaves Being Human I can still watch Jason Watkins embody the ultimate villain... i'll never forget the classic line when george asked why they recruited an old lady...

    "you know what its like, you're out walking and you get munchies, you'll snack on anything" it cracks me up everytime :)

  • Comment number 71.

    65 - that's a very interesting question! Who are these druids? I didn't think their mention was just incidental.

    42 - " "I'm going to tell you a secret but I think you already know it. Becoming a vampire doesn't change your personality that's just a little lie we tell the newcomers to get them through their first kills."
    "It doesn't change their personality it liberates it." William Herrick"

    - I'd say "speak for yourself!" to Herrick on that!

    Nina's wrong about Mitchell - I think Herrick was interested enough to recruit him due to Mitchell having conscience enough to sacrifice himself for his men. A sociopath like Herrick would find it amusing to change a man like Mitchell.

  • Comment number 72.

    65: they could be the old ones, but what about the ones from B&Q?

  • Comment number 73.

    In the preview for next week Herrick says "If you choose an heir they'll inherrit all your secrets." and another man, all scruffy and covered in blood (I think) says "they can bring you back?" and Herrick says "yes"

    Who is this other man?!? I'm almost positive it's not Mitchell.

  • Comment number 74.

    wow! this is just keeps getting better and better! what series other than BH makes it audience obsess over story lines/ characters they way they do!

    am def going back to watch series from the beginning.

    even though hetty recruited herrick still find myself feeling sorry for her. maybe if herrick didnt enjoy being a vampire so much i might feel sorry for him!

  • Comment number 75.

    73 - GillsForever, I thought the other man was Mitchell, just had his hair back or something, and looked like he'd just been beaten up....now I must re-watch preview again to check!

  • Comment number 76.

    73-I think the other man is indeed Mitchell. his hair was straight and slicked back.

  • Comment number 77.

    73 - just double-checked, think it is Mitchell, but his hair is short...is that possible, for them to change their appearance in the BH universe?

  • Comment number 78.

    ooooo NICE! Thank you so much Sarah Phelps for sharing this!

  • Comment number 79.

    What a wonderful script. Thanks Sara Phelps for sharing it and thanks BHProduction for bringing it to the fans. I'll echo what many have already said better it was not in the episode, would have given the wrong tone. It would be great to see this as a prequel!

  • Comment number 80.

    i can't believe i didn't know there were online prequels....Annie's was super-eerie! gave me the shivers! lol:)

  • Comment number 81.

    Hi sage1irs2, they're all wonderful and a little scary too.

  • Comment number 82.

    Hi Wendy the good Witch - yeah, they were all good fun. Love that the BBC puts the "little extras" out there:) Have to watch Annie's broadcasts from beyond next.

  • Comment number 83.

    71 & 72- One's from B&Q are prob human cause like "no 7" there seems to be some humans who cant resist the supernatural lifestyle so they have joined the "druids"

    71- Maybe Herick changed Mitchell because Mitchell offered himself to Herrick to save his men. I recall Mitchell saying that. That would have made Herrick take notice because having someone with that type of loyalty and selflessness would be a powerful weapon, a worthy "heir" because Mitchell would "keep him safe"

    dont want to dampen anyone's spirit but maybe Mitchell must "die" to stop Herrick returning.

    He might commit suicide using McNair's stake if the above is true to protect his friends.

    I think he would not let George, Annie or even Nina do it because he loves them all and would not want his death on their conscience. Then annie can drag herrick's soul to hell and bring mitchell back

    descending into that dark space (suicide) would have been harrowing enough to need to be filmed last because AT is a brilliant actor!!!

    AT loves BH fans though he'll "make it happen" and we'll see a S4 with Mitchell.

  • Comment number 84.

    forgot to say that this may be why we are seeing Mitchell fighting so hard to stay alive because he has to get to the point where he realises the futility of his struggle against death and he accepts its inevitability

    it does blow my theory of baby being key this season out of the water but hey there's always next season :)

  • Comment number 85.

    74 I agree drunkkath - this show is sooo addictive. I couldn't believe how many comments there were on the last blog. Too many for me to keep up with I'm afraid. Wretched real world keeps pulling me away grrrr...

    So much to think about and so many ideas. And clues from the beginning I've been thinking about lately - like Lia said someone needs to kill Mitchell to complete their journey. Who could that be? I suspect we will find out something about someone soon that that could apply to. Nina and McNair both obviously have secrets we don't know yet. George's Dad a ghost - maybe he has a tale to tell? Mitchell has killed a lot of people...

    Also been thinking about the trailer - Annie in the library with that book. Book with spells for resurrecting vampires???

    Aaarrghh
    Real world calling again.

  • Comment number 86.

    83 - toniv, it never occurred to me that Mitchell might commit suicide, sounds really plausible, and would be in keeping with Mitchell's character andwhat he's been going through this series. But he would still have to come clean and tell the others about the B20 first, otherwise it would be cowardly, and I don't see Mitchell as a coward.

  • Comment number 87.

    Sunrise amazing

    Annie- it’s been bugging me since last ep S2. If she was strong enough to open door to pull Kemp through, why couldn’t she let herself out?
    Lia is a new ghost, no way is she stronger than Annie so it makes no sense that she “kept Annie waiting”

    Annie appeared and called out only to Mitchell in Ep1 S3 even once he arrived in purgatory, how did she know he was there to keep calling him? She didn’t see him arrive but she saw the Box T 20 arrive.

    So I wonder, Annie who has always been inquisitive, always tried to do the right thing, did she bring Mitchell there so he could face his past and hopefully come back to redeem himself?

    She could not have known he was involved in Box T 20 because she would have confronted him but when she came back why has she not asked questions about a crash, she saw the victims arrive

    I would have been intrigued to find out why so many people suddenly turned up, she must’ve been too so why has she not asked anyone. I know the radio and tv are off when she’s around because of S2 but surely she would have been curious.... I mean you spend time in purgatory hanging around, just waiting, these people turn up and you don’t even ask... makes no sense to me.

  • Comment number 88.


    I`m beginning to think that everything Lia told Mitchell was a not so much a lie but a misdirection.

  • Comment number 89.

    87 Lol - we just had sunset! Twas a nice one too.

    I should have started with this:
    I really liked the script too. And I agree it was better to have kept it out, although it really does add info we didn't have. We now know Herrick was a manipulative psychopath before being a vampire. They should have let Mitchell stake him!!!!
    Reading that superbly detailed script - it doesn't need to be made. I've seen it already.
    Just makes me wish I could be a writer for a show like this even more.

  • Comment number 90.

    Dear all,

    Should we be pro-active and start a petition? We still don't know what is going to happen with BH S4 (if) but I think we all want:

    1.- That season 4 actually happens
    2.- Proper closure to Mitchell's story*
    3.- Taking 2.- into consideration, we would like to see AT back to BH S4

    Now, about *

    Some might argue: How do you know that there won't be closure on Mitchell's story this year?

    In my honest opinion: because there is no time left. We're almost done for this year and there are far too many loose ends and unresolved situations that cannot (unless incredibly rushed) be dealt with properly, his relationship with Annie has barely started (if we can call it a proper relationship because they've been on-off, more off than on, but there you go) and this will affect Annie's story as well.

    Mitchell must be one of the finest supernatural beings ever created for TV and his story needs (and deserves) proper closure. Leaving it "in the air" doesn't do Mitchell any justice and our (very) flawed anti-hero should get some redemption. The pathos of John Mitchell's story is utterly compelling and tragically mesmerising. His journey is far from finished and this will also affect the other characters since the postulate of the show is that Annie, George and Mitchell (and now, perhaps Nina) will go through "Being Human" with the help of each other and is through their shared and personal journey(s) that they will come to terms to what they are. All the stories are intertwined.

    Thoughts, anyone?

  • Comment number 91.

    Sorry to dampen the mood, but was offended by said script. Now lets it be clear, that we all know sadly that child prostitution exists and feeds on paedophilia. Which is why TB was right in avoiding showing this prequel as with the luster of BH such evil doing would not get some sort of seal of approval.
    But certainly things like that did happen, still happen and fit greatly in the overall ARC of BH. I do not put above Herrick him being a very dodgy character. With all being about manners a pure hypocrite. Remembering S1, on ep 6 when he was getting dressed and ready in the vampire coven, I could not help thinking about the coat and the black gloves, rang a bell how SS/Gestapists are represented.
    The real moral compass are G/A no doubt, while A is the one who believes he/she is holding the high gound but is terribly wrong and M the one with nil high ground and being tossed into the stream like flotsam.
    It is indeed M who is displaying this lovely black eye.And who is a pawn in H. hands. He has lost so much of focus this season/ blood acting like alcohol? drunk/losing one`s marbles? that he is ready to give willingly his blood to H to avoid to be rip apart by a werewolf, missing the clear hints it is going to be a bullet! as silver bullets kill WW and Vamps alike!
    Are the druids a dead end or a key , what is that the bond betweem M/A is for eternity? As for the retribution, it is not repercussion! The old ones may be unhappy and ready to browbeat- not help if in need M. But why should they frown upon killing humans, the retribution coming, is human. The vampire hunters not Cessna like more like Van Hesling, mean and lean types. No nonsense, aware of supernatural world and not losing time in scientific experiment, werewolves like McNair might know them. After all, he kills vampires and if anything his allegiance seems to be to humanity not to supernaturals. Trying to avoid contact w/ real humans , not hurting them, being decent to them(not stealing as they work for their money).Could see a group of ww and humans alike -simply they need a cage one day a month and are in it 27/28 so quite strong alliance.

  • Comment number 92.

    87 - good point, I don't know how she let herself out to get Kemp, but when we watch her broadcasts if I remember correctly wasn't she put in a cage? Thats probably why she couldn't get out. One thing i've never understood is where is Annie looking? Was there a camera in hell, where she could look out into the real world? Or maybe she chanelled herself to wherever her friends were through her mind?

    I don't think she called M. to make him redeem himself because she didn't know about the train at that point, why would she expect him to redeem his past sins at that particular point? No i believe she called him because he was the one she believed could and would rescue her, and she needed her friend/s to help her

    About the druids yes there are always human hangers on and wanabees wherever any interesting people congregate, they prob thought it was a festie!

  • Comment number 93.

    92- Could Annie be watching Mitchell's past and thats why when he tried to tell her just before their first kiss about his past she told him he didn't have to almost like "I know already no need to repeat it." I thought the cage like structure was just like a waiting room, if she could open a door cages aren't going to keep her contained. It just doesn't feel right that she would just sit there and wait to be rescued knowing what she's capable of.

  • Comment number 94.

    By the way, interesting detail regarding Hettie, lived w/a recluse who died in a fire... sounbds a lot like a vampire being killed or committing some sort of suicide

  • Comment number 95.

    Oh man - Werewolves have Ghosts - Amy McBride remember. So a werewolf is killed by Mitchell and they're Ghost does to Mitchell what Annie Did to Kemp and drags him through the doors as they cross over?

    Completing their journey.

  • Comment number 96.

    93 - well can can keep speculating this, I dont know what the answer is as to what she was watching, it's impossible to tell!

    I do think however that purgatory/hell would be much stronger than Annie, and could contain her, after all they are in the "realm" of God/Devil, heaven/hell etc arent they, and have controlling powers over all our lives, (assuming you believe in all those religious ideas). BH clearly ascribes to those christian-type beliefs, as they are weaved into the story (but I don't have any problem with that personally despite not being christian not that thats important).

    Annie got out, not just because of Mitchell, but because THEY chose let her out.

  • Comment number 97.

  • Comment number 98.

    90 - The petition is a great idea. Count me in. :)

    I think it will be incredibly difficult to find a good closure to Mitchell's story. He will forever be haunted by his actions. Unless they give him a super heroic thing to do that will save a lot of people but might result in him sacrificing himself I cannot see him being redeemed.

    Saying that I sincerely hope that the brilliant BH writers will solve this problem.

  • Comment number 99.

    Church of Earth Wind and Fire - ROFL. Did they have to dance around to Boogie Wonderland as well?

    Re the petition, I'm sure that the team are as keen as us for things to be done right. It's their baby, after all, and I'm sure they want the same things we do when all is said and done. Ratings are up, so that should give them some leverage, hopefully.

  • Comment number 100.

    Girls Aloud? - I just checked the song list for Sunday and saw a Girls Aloud song - Okay then interested to see how that works out as well as why Annie is quoting a song lyric.

    interesting.

 

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