Monday, August 2, 2010

TV 107A: Being Human

There is just something devious about a set up like this. A vampire, a ghost and werewolf living in a flat together in Bristol trying to have a normal life. And there is no joking about it. Especially, when it has a following almost as Dr. Who.

In 2008 Tobey Withouse (writer from Doctor Who) created something spectacularly supernatural. Serious too. He takes us into have to cope with extra-ordinary circumstances. It is now in his third season. BBC has re-did a few things. But basically, there is Annie(Lenora Crichlow) the ghost who is still in the outfit she died in, but it changes a bit depending on her mood. There is George (Russell Tovey) the werewolf who's is a bit of nerd that still finds love in such a topsy turvy human world.

And of course, Aidan Turner as Mitchell the vampire who has seen a lot over the centuries. And there is something that just makes one swoon with that voice of his. Of course, he has troubles with the ladies. But then again, he's a janitor at the hospital.

Life is hardly normal for these three. Each episode, they have to deal with addictions and mental illness as well as co-workers, and then there is that villain lurking like a mad scientist, praying often that he finds them and puts them completely out of their misery.

The writing is definitely grown-up. No Twilight here. Its been told there will be a Canadian version of Being Human with Sam Huntington in the werewolf role while Sam Witwer would have the vampire role. But there is still a lot to sort out. Why mess up a perfectly wonderful British show by Americanizing it is beyond me.

Catch episodes this summer on BBCA. Seasons 1 & 2 are on DVD.


  1. I really do like this show. I'm not sure I'd care for an American version.

  2. Me and my brother started watching this a while back (we love Doctor Who too). It's amazing! I can't wait to catch up on more of it! Thanks for covering this show in a post.

  3. love being human!! i wish more people knew about it. it's really a good show.