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Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow in Being Human

Cast announced for Being Human: popular BBC Three drama returns for six-part series

Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who, Kiss of Death) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) have been announced to star as flatmates trying to live normal lives despite very unusual afflictions in Being Human, a witty, sexy and thrilling six- part drama by Touchpaper Television for BBC Three.


Following the lives of the twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, vampire and ghost – Being Human was first transmitted in February 2008 as a 60-minute special as a part of BBC Three's drama pilot season.


Popular with viewers and critics alike, the pilot peaked at nearly 450,000 viewers whilst gaining rave reviews and online petitions begging for a series to be commissioned.


Russell Tovey reprises his role as the lovable George, battling with his double identity as a mild-mannered and geeky hospital porter who for one night a month is transformed into a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf.


Aidan Turner plays the good-looking and laid-back Mitchell who, in contrast to George, has the gift of the gab and an easy confidence with the ladies.


But he is also a blood-sucking vampire struggling with going cold-turkey from the blood he craves.


Completing the flat-share trio is Annie, played by Lenora Crichlow, a talkative ghost lacking in self-confidence and desperate for company.


Annie is still pining after her fiancé, whom she was due to marry before the fatal accident that left her with her ghostly affliction – and who happens to be the landlord of their flat.


The series follows the trio as they do their best to live their lives as normally as possible despite their strange and dark secrets.


But with unwelcome intruders into their world, rumblings about an impending revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the usual issues faced by young people surrounding love, work and mates – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other.


Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three says: "Being Human has that rare and brilliant combination of humour and darkness which this talented cast will bring to life perfectly.


"There was a palpable buzz about the pilot and a real appetite for more amongst our audience, so I'm incredibly excited to see how our characters and their stories develop over this series."


Executive Producer for Touchpaper, Rob Pursey, says: "We were delighted with the audience reaction to the pilot of Being Human, and we're relishing the opportunity to explore Mitchell the vampire, George the werewolf and Annie the ghost over a series of six episodes.


"Our brilliant young cast bring real humanity to these other-worldly lead characters, as they try to 'be human' and fit in with our exciting and sometimes frightening world."


Being Human is written by Toby Whithouse (Being Human pilot, Torchwood, Doctor Who), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human pilot), directed by Toby Haynes (M.I. High, Spooks Code 9), Alex Pillai (Wire In The Blood) and Colin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who), and executive produced by Rob Pursey (City Of Vice, Sold) and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama for BBC Wales.


Filming has started on location in Bristol for transmission on BBC Three in 2009.


Being Human was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three and produced by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group.


The commission of Being Human follows a wave of drama commissions for BBC Three Drama.


Whitey Phoo and Terry Action return in Phoo Action next year and PAs, a comedy drama set in the world of four young personal assistants, will also transmit in 2009.






Category: TV Drama; BBC Three
Date: 04.11.2008
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