The Return of Toby's Blog
Look at all of you! Blogging away like there's no tomorrow. The show isn't even on telly, and you're still there, keeping the faith.
I'm afraid I haven't been checking in as often as I'd like. I've been insanely busy putting together a shiny new series of Being Human for you. As I write this I'm about to head off to Cardiff for our first series 4 'Tone Meeting'. For those of you with proper jobs and proper lives, this is an bum-achingly long meeting with all the Heads of Department, the director (a triumphant return for Phil John - director of 'Type 3', 'The Longest Day' and 'Daddy Ghoul' last year), Phil Trethowan and Rob and Eleanor and me, where we go through the first three scripts (oh yes, there are SCRIPTS... in fact, I just delivered the first draft of episode SEVEN. Yes, SEVEN....) page by page, examining each scene and discussing all the technical problems we'll need to address. It's the first time we'll all be gathered together and it's a lot of fun. Apart from the bits that are boring. Or when we run out of biscuits.
And then, in less than two weeks, we've got the first readthrough! And if you think that's come around quickly, then you can imagine how I feel...
As ever it's been a joy making this series. Though it didn't feel like it a lot of the time. Each series gets harder to make as, hopefully, we set the bar higher and higher. But I think we've got another corker for you.
You know me well enough by know not to be surprised when I say there's nothing I can tell you about series 4, just my usual cryptic nuggets: There will be lots of new faces, an old face, a genuinely shocking death, a new villain, a sort-of new kind of supernatural (though that could change... we're very fickle...), a new writer and a journey to somewhere even we have never gone before.
Oh and thank you for all the Bafta good luck wishes. We genuinely didn't think we stood much of a chance. I can't think of a year where the competition has been stronger. And to have a third series of anything nominated is an honour in itself. Plus, I think Sherlock was a work of genius. Hand on heart, I was delighted for them.
Now then. I've got some homework for you:
A little while ago, one of you came up with a rather delicious idea. I believe it was blogger Ewan who suggested that we come up with titles for the episodes in series 1 & 2. Obviously it's too late to go back and put the titles on the actual episodes. Similarly we can't recall all the DVDs and so on and have the titles printed on or anything like that, so this really would just be a bit of fun to tide us over till the new series starts. But I'll choose the best title for each one and claim credit - I mean... uh... be grateful. Or something. Anyway, these would be the official-unofficial titles for each episode. If you see what I mean. Just a bit of fun.
For guidance, look at the series 3 titles - see how they either came from a line in the episode, a pun (usually supplied by script editor and pun addict the lovely Laura Cotton), or something more thematic.
To kick you off, I'll give you titles for the series. Yes, series titles. I've just invented the idea of series titles. Just run with me on this, Ok?
So, series 1 - There Goes The Neighbourhood
Series 2 - God Loves, Man Kills (a special bonus prize to whoever can tell me where I, uh, 'borrowed' that title from) (there isn't a prize)
Series 3 - (obviously) The Wolf Shaped Bullet.
There. That's your mission, should you choose to accept it. And if you don't then I'll look silly(er).
Thank you for keeping the blog going. It's really nice to know that you're all still out there somewhere. Keep chatting, keep being nice to each other, and I'll see you back here in a few weeks.