BH2: STORY OF THE SERIES
I can't lie to you BH fans, I have some seriously HUGE NEWS (yes, the capitals are essential - it's that good). But here's the twist. I can't tell you what it is until next week. I know, I know, and it's killing me keeping this under wraps, but trust me, come back on Monday and you will not be disappointed.
But for now we have a special update. Since today is the official end of filming for series two of Being Human, we felt it was only right to take a trip down memory lane to see just how far we've come with the story of the series...
It all began on Monday 10th August at a deconsecrated church in Bristol. The production had been weeks in the planning stages, with a whole team writing contracts, booking crew, hiring equipment and finalising locations. But now the waiting was over and the cameras began rolling, with Aidan the first of our cast to take to the set... on his own! It wasn't until the next day when Russell and Lenora had their first scenes.
This is when it really felt like BH was back on track, as we returned to Totterdown. Here Russell, Aidan, Lenora and Sinead were reunited as their alter-egos George, Mitchell, Annie and Nina for the first time in eight long months. With director Colin Teague at the helm, it was like no time had passed at all and as the sun shone down and everyone picked up a tan it began to feel like nothing could go wrong. But things were about to get a little tougher...
For series two the team wanted to create a sense of scale and a real epic quality that added to the drama. This meant the crew were setting up in more locations than ever before, including the middle of a forest, the top of a multi-storey car park, a former Bank of England vault, a train carriage, a graveyard and even an enormous complex of underground in caves (which, for the record, were pitch black, muddy and gross... but look great on camera).
Then the night shoots kicked in, with everyone working from 8pm until 5am in order to shoot the scenes set in darkness. But the mood stayed strong, with the catering team as cheerful as they made everyone their lunch... at midnight. Even a bleary-eyed Aidan managed to find the energy for an interview at 4am, and for that we will be forever grateful.
As we moved into episodes four and five Director Kenny Glenaan took the helm, with storylines that saw George, Mitchell and Annie venturing into some of their some of their deepest storylines of the series. As the scenes got more emotional things turned more intense for the cast, as they managed to turn in some incredible performances.
However, this period also featured a lot of fun here on the blog. We met Tom the runner, who kept everyone fed and watered. Tom even worked so hard that he took to sleeping in the production trailers from time to time...! Derek kept the BH production base on track, moving the huge complex of lorries around Bristol so that the make-up, costume and catering were never too far away from the show's locations. And the fabulous Marcus provided us with some top make-up tips for the spookiest part of the Being Human calendar - our very first Halloween!
Soon it was the turn of Charles Martin, the third and final director, to take the production into its final phase. What had always been a gory shoot all of a sudden got even more blood-splattered, with many shoots requiring the crew to don their protective overalls.
And now we come hurtling towards the end of the production... Those sunny August days have been replaced by freezing December nights, and the team are getting ready to shoot their final shots of the series. All that's left now is for the directors to craft their episodes in the edit and the CGI guys to add their magic touches and the series will be ready.
And we can't wait.
So that's it for our production updates, but don't forget to come back on Monday for the special announcement...