Being Human (TV series)

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show_name = Being Human

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genre = Drama, Horror
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writer = Toby Whithouse
director = Declan O'Dwyer
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starring = Guy Flanagan,
Andrea Riseborough,
Russell Tovey,
Adrian Lester
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country = flagicon|UK
language = English
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executive_producer = Rob Pursey
co_exec =
producer = Matthew Bouch
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cinematography = Tim Palmer
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network = BBC Three
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first_run = 2008
first_aired = 18 February 2008
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imdb_id = 1139280
tv_com_id = 75191

"Being Human" was a 2008 British television drama/horror, shown on BBC Three. Its pilot episode starred Guy Flanagan, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey and also featured Adrian Lester. The programme concerned three twenty-something characters trying to live a normal social life, despite being a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf.


The pilot episode was broadcast at 9pm on 18 February 2008 as part of the re-branding of BBC Three along with several other pilots (including West 10 LDN).cite news|first=Leigh|last=Holmwood|url=|title=BBC3 to air full series of Phoo Action|accessdate=2008-02-19|date=19 February 2008|publisher=Guardian] Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC Three had stated at the winter 2008 season launch that a full series from either one or two of these pilots; the other to be commissioned was "Phoo Action".

An online petition lobbying BBC Three commissioning editors to greenlight a full series was set up by a journalist from the Reading Chronicle newspaper as part of a review of the show. [cite news|first=Narin|last=Bahar|url=|title=If this is what Being Human means I love it|accessdate=2008-02-21|date=21 February 2008|publisher=Reading Chronicle] The article and petition drew traffic from across the world and with the latter now having been signed by over 3,000 people. [cite news|first=Narin|last=Bahar|url=|title=More humanity|accessdate=2008-03-07|date=07 March 2008|publisher=Reading Chronicle]

The BBC announced on April 24, 2008 that a six episode series of the show had been commissioned. [cite press release | title = Being Human commissioned for BBC Three | publisher = BBC Press Office | date = 2008-04-24 | url = | accessdate = 2008-04-26 ] However, the three leads have not yet been confirmed for the full series, apparently because of scheduling conflicts. [cite news|first=Narin|last=Bahar|url=|title=Being Human commissioned. Finally!|accessdate=2008-04-24|date=24 February 2008|publisher=Reading Chronicle]


Main Characters

Mitchell (Guy Flanagan) – quiet, calm and louche, Mitchell is a vampire working as a hospital orderly. He looks out for George, particularly around the full moon.

George (Russell Tovey) – George is less socially adept than Mitchell, despite his high IQ. After becoming a werewolf, he left his family, job and fiancee, afraid of hurting them. He works alongside Mitchell as an orderly, unable to hold down a more permanent job due to his monthly transformations.

Annie (Andrea Riseborough) – Annie haunts the flat she and her boyfriend lived in while she was alive, and is unwilling to leave it.

Herrick (Adrian Lester) –

Lauren (Dominique McElligott) –

Julia (Claire Foy) –


Filmed in Bristol, Being Human shows views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Village. The characters' shared house is located in Totterdown, Bristol, and the [ Shakespeare pub] shown in the closing minutes of the pilot is located on the same street in Totterdown as the rented house.


External links

*cite news|url=|title=Being Human – Just a regular flatshare ... for a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost|date=6 November 2007|accessdate=2008-02-18
*imdb episode|1139280|Being Human
* [ Touchpaper Television]
* [ Russell Tovey Interview]
* [ Guy Flanagan Interview]
* [ Andrea Riseborough Interview]
* [ Adrian Lester Interview]

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