Being Human commissioned for BBC Three
BBC Three has ordered a six-part series of the popular one-off drama Being Human from Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group.
The pilot transmitted in February 2008 as part of the channel's drama pilot season and proved hugely popular with both viewers and critics peaking at nearly 450,000 viewers and gaining great reviews.
Starring Russell Tovey, Andrea Riseborough and Guy Flanagan, the pilot of Being Human followed the lives of three flatmates – a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost – in a witty, sexy and extraordinary look at the friendship between three 20-something outsiders trying to find their way in an enticing, yet complicated world.
Filming on the series, which will once again be written by Toby Whithouse, will start later this year for transmission in 2009.
Executive producer for Touchpaper Television, Rob Pursey, says: "The pilot of Being Human gave us the opportunity to try something really unusual, and we were quite overwhelmed by the positive public response. So we're delighted that the BBC has given us the go-ahead for a full series."
BBC Wales Head of Drama Julie Gardner says: "BBC Drama is always looking for diverse and surprising pieces, and Being Human hit the spot with its irreverence and wit."
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, says: "Of all our recent drama experiments on BBC Three, Being Human struck the most powerful chord with the audience. At its heart is a bold and adventurous concept and I'm looking forward to seeing how this is realised across a series."
Being Human was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, and Danny Cohen.