Archives for January 2012

S4 FILES: Home

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 20:00 PM, Wednesday, 25 January 2012

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With the season four premiere just under a week away the anticipation is almost overwhelming – and I’ve already seen episode one!

Here’s the first tasty piece of exclusive online content pulled for you from the secret Being Human Files.

If you missed the exciting news about all the clues, sneak peaks and insights we’ve got planned for the series – Toby lays it down for you here. So, is this a photo of a house in serious need of a spring clean – or is there more to it?  You may need to zoom in a bit...

Tell us what you think... Being Human returns this Sunday, 9pm, on BBC Three.


Being Human Returns, February 5th at 9:00pm!

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 14:30 PM, Wednesday, 25 January 2012

 

Being Human Season 4
‘I think you’ve got a fight on your hands.’

Oh George. Oh Annie. Oh Nina.

I have just watched Series 3, Episode 8 again and I’m exhausted.  A total wreck.  Broken.  George’s words of defiance in the face of Wyndam’s cold menace made my heart heavy with pride... and yet somehow, deep down in a dark corner I fear for them all.

Nina is pregnant, her ‘Fuzzy’ growing at an alarming rate. George is undoubtedly changed forever after the devastation of killing his best friend; he is alone in his role - as the man of the house and as a soon to be father of a child - a werechild? Annie has lost her one true love after discovering the very worst in him.  And all around them, the Vampires descend.

They are all, each of them, in a precarious place.  Oh man, they’re soooo gonna need back up.

So – we know a FEW things of Being Human 4 – but what do we really know?  We know we will meet Hal.  And we know Hal is an Old One.  We know the Old Ones are coming – but have they arrived already? We know Tom is back (much to this blogger’s delight). And we know that we are in for some loss.  And... circle of life... we know there will be a child.

A birth, new characters, the old ones, vampire mythology – and something about a war? I can’t wait. And if you can’t wait either, remember to check back on this blog daily.  There will be exclusive content starting from next week.  Yes, I said daily!

‘Eve of the War’ episode 1 of Being Human season 4 is just 11 sleeps away! Hooooooray!

 

Annie, Tom and Hal Trailers.

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 16:00 PM, Tuesday, 24 January 2012

 

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Being Human Series Four Trailer

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 12:18 PM, Friday, 20 January 2012

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TOM

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 20:00 PM, Monday, 16 January 2012

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Toby's Blog - So Long, Sinead

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 17:05 PM, Friday, 13 January 2012

 

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As many of you are aware, Sinead won’t be joining us on series 4. She felt that her Being Human journey had come to an end, and it was time to move on and face new challenges explore new roles.

Revealing the news has been a tricky balancing act as we didn’t want it to overwhelm the preparations for the new series, or indeed let the preparations for the new series suck all the oxygen out of saying a proper goodbye to Nina. But now all that is well under way, and as we get closer and closer to the transmission of episode one, we felt this was the time to discuss it properly.

We parted with much sorrow but no ill feeling. We respected Sinead’s decision, and we wish her all the best for the future. She was a popular and much loved member of the Being Human family. I’ve raved about her performance endlessly in my blogs, and I meant every word. She is also one of the smartest and sweetest and kindest people I know.

We’ll miss her enormously.

But Being Human lives on. Keep checking the blog for new clips and prequels and all manner of exciting treats. As I’ve said before, we’re insanely excited about series 4. The new characters have given us an opportunity to completely reinvigorate the show. We’re incredibly proud of it and we can’t wait to hear what you all think.

And so, a heartfelt thank you to Sinead. It was a pleasure to write Nina, a joy to watch her grow on screen, and an honour to work with such a talented and brilliant actress. 

 

HAL

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 10:00 AM, Monday, 9 January 2012

 

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Toby's Blog is Back

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Rebecca Denton, Online Exec | 19:45 PM, Friday, 6 January 2012


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Happy New Year!  Hello again. And sorry it’s been too long.

 

Every year we set ourselves the task of creating something bigger and bolder and better than anything that’s happened before. We knew this year was going to be especially tough because of the various cast changes. Not only would it be our first series without Aidan, but Russell had decided that series 4 would be his last, and Sinead had decided that her Being Human journey had come to an end after series 3. The mountain before us seemed even higher than usual. 

But once we’d stopped rocking and shaking, we saw Series 4 as an opportunity: We could invent new characters, expand the show in different directions, create new worlds and monsters and heroes, and add new layers to the overarching Being Human mythology. Suddenly Series 4 was a genuinely thrilling prospect.

But the essential DNA of show remains the same. Recently I found the pitch document I wrote for series 1. This was the opening paragraph:

“We’re the stuff of nightmares. And we’re your only hope. George, Mitchell and Annie yearn for their vanished humanity. Being Human is a unique twist on the aspirational drama, as the things Mitchell Annie and George struggle to achieve are so common place and normal to us, yet impossibly remote to them. And the desire to be accepted by their old lost race will drive them to acts of immense courage, and foolish hazard. Our heroes may be like characters that have tumbled from the pages of a book, but their problems are always recognisably human, and the stories will strike a balance between the supernatural and the domestic.”

This was for our and the BBC’s eyes only. Hence the rather self-conscious ‘pitch-speak’ (And the odd contradiction. The characters are remote from us, yet share our problems? What? Shut up, Toby. Seriously. Stick to dialogue and stage directions.) Obviously a lot can happen in four years. But looking back at it now, I’m relieved to see that those words are still relevant for a show that has a new cast, a new location, an American reincarnation and expanded beyond our wildest dreams.

As ever Being Human lives or dies on the strength of the characters and the cast, and that’s why I think this series is our strongest yet.

Damien Molony joins the team as Hal. Hand on heart, I think he’s one of the most exciting and versatile actors of his generation. Watching his performance grow over the filming was a joy. 

Then there’s Michael Socha. Promoted from semi-regular to lead. If you thought he was good in series 3, wait till you see what he does in series 4. Michael will break your heart this year. 

And of course beautiful Lenora. Our star. The heart of the show. This year she gives a truly breathtaking performance. One of my favourite moments of 2011 was the first full screening of episode two, when she left us all with our jaws on our chests.

As I said earlier, Russell and Sinead felt it was time to hang up the wolf ears and fangs. We were obviously very disappointed to see them go, but as I’ve always said about our cast, you can’t hang on to actors that good forever. I’m reminded of a moment in series 2, when George is talking about moving in with his girlfriend. Annie is devastated, but Mitchell knows that there’s not much they can do. Then Annie leans across to Mitchell and mutters “We have a cage…”

Believe me, the thought did occur to us too. 

So what have you got to look forward to? 

We introduce you to a new type of Supernatural creature (thank you, Wikipedia); there are some stunning guest appearances from Alex Jennings, Mark Gatiss, James Lance, Mark Williams, Amanda Abbingdon, Craig Roberts (reprising his role as teenage vampire Adam), Selina Griffiths and Ellie Kendrick; there’s a genuinely shocking death, and we take you to somewhere we’ve never been to before.  

News of Russell’s departure – and to Aidan’s before that – was greeted with rather wearying predictions that the show was now ‘over’. But I write this a few days after seeing the finished cut of episode eight, and I’m happy to report that it’s never been in ruder health. The new cast, the crew and directors and the other writers have pulled off something extraordinary and completely reinvigorated the show. I hope you’ll agree, rumours of Being Human’s death have been greatly exaggerated. 


 

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