BBC Three commissions fifth series of Being Human

In Being Human, Toby has created an extraordinary, funny, touching, supernatural world and I’m thrilled to be bringing it back for a fifth series.” Zai Bennet, Controller of BBC Three
Date: 26.03.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: BBC Three; BBC HD
Being Human, BBC Three’s award winning and critically acclaimed drama series, will return for a fifth series. The unconventional trio of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost will live on as six more episodes, commissioned for BBC Three next year.

Creator and Exec Producer Toby Whithouse is keeping plans closely under wraps, but he can confirm that werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) will return.

Toby says: "Being Human lives on! The response to series four has been terrific. We're thrilled that the audience has taken the new cast into their hearts with such enthusiasm and affection and we're delighted to have this opportunity to expand their world further, exploring new characters and telling new stories. A heartfelt thank-you to all the fans for their unstinting support and to the BBC for letting us mess up the sandpit for a fifth year."

Zai Bennet, Controller of BBC Three, says: “In Being Human, Toby has created an extraordinary, funny, touching, supernatural world and I’m thrilled to be bringing it back for a fifth series.”

Series four launched with 1.2m viewers and consolidated figures show the series has sustained an average 950,000 viewers across the run.

Produced by Touchpaper Wales, a Zodiak Media Company, for BBC Cymru Wales, the hit drama will fulfil the blood-thirsty appetites of its committed fan base, but also demonstrate BBC Three’s commitment to original UK drama for 16-34 year olds.

Rob Pursey, Executive Producer, Touchpaper Television says: “When we first made the pilot episode for Being Human we knew we had something special. But we didn’t dream we’d be making a fifth series. It’s a testament to the ambition of the writing and the performances that it’s stayed so fresh. We’re very grateful to the BBC for continuing to support a drama that doesn’t play by the usual rules.”

The fifth series of Being Human has 6x60 minute episodes and has been re-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Zai Bennet, Controller, BBC Three.

Being Human is written by Toby Whithouse (Torchwood, Doctor Who) and Executive Producers are Toby Whithouse, Rob Pursey, Philip Trethowan for Touchpaper Television, and George Ormond for BBC Cymru Wales. Zodiak Rights own worldwide right to the Being Human series.

RM