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Being Human to End After Series 5

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More sad news for cult TV fans today as the BBC has confirmed that Being Human is to end after the current series.

Full press release:

BBC Three’s supernatural trio will confront the ultimate evil in the final episodes of Being Human.

It was announced today that the current series of Being Human will be the last, as the supernatural drama on BBC Three reaches an apocalyptic end, with our heroes facing their toughest adversary yet… the Devil!

Being Human first aired as a stand-alone pilot in 2008 and soon became a popular addition to BBC Three’s schedule. It has gained a loyal Sunday night audience, with a ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million.

Being Human’s extraordinary mix of drama, comedy and horror has earned the programme awards: The Writer’s Guild Award for ‘Best TV Drama Series’ in 2009, 2010 and 2012, as well as ‘Best Drama Series’ at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.

The show’s success is a combination of innovative storytelling and dark humour which shines a light on the human condition through its supernatural characters.

At its heart was always the supernatural trinity of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost: three beings attempting to live normal lives among humans, often with disastrous consequences as they fight against their unearthly powers.

Rob Pursey, the show’s executive producer, Touchpaper says: “Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we’ve been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It’s a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way.

“I’d like to take the chance to thank Toby Whithouse (creator and writer) for his incredible writing and storytelling; the other screenwriters who’ve made the series their own; the three producers who’ve nurtured the show; and the many directors who’ve helped us establish the show’s unique tone. Being Human has also opened the door to new acting talent, including some incredibly exciting younger actors, which is a legacy we all feel proud of. We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television.”

Being Human started with Mitchell (Aiden Turner), a 117-year-old vampire with the gift of the gab who refused to prey on humans; George (Russell Tovey), a reluctant werewolf with an extraordinarily high IQ; and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), a murdered woman who returns as a ghost and eventually saves the world.

The show has also attracted a great number of all-star guests, including Mark Williams, Mark Gatiss, Steven Robertson, Donald Sumpter, Lacey Turner and Robson Green, to name a few.

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, says: “Being Human has been a fantastic and faithful friend to BBC Three. It’s featured some truly exceptional actors and storylines through the years and I’d like to thank Toby and the production team for their vision and passion. However, all good things come to an end and at BBC Three we’re committed to breaking new shows and new talent and who better to pass that baton on than Toby.”

Series five sees our supernatural trio facing their own personal demons, and matters become more complicated with the return of Mr Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the human world from otherworldly beings.

But Vampire Hal (Damien Molony), Werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) don’t realise they face a bigger threat than the Men in Grey, when they stumble across the decrepit and repulsive Captain Hatch (Phil Davis).

Unknown to our trio, Hatch’s feeble exterior hides an ancient evil… because Captain Hatch is the Devil himself and has been trapped in human form for centuries!

Now the father of all evil is just itching to inflict chaos on mankind, but can our heroes survive the oncoming Armageddon unscathed?

Toby Whithouse, the show’s writer and creator, has posted a statement on the Being Human Blog here.

Don’t miss the ultimate apocalyptic conclusion to BBC Three’s popular fantasy drama Being Human, Sundays at 10pm.

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  • That Awkward Silent

    Another one for the graveyard. First The Fades, then Merlin now Being Human. What Next? Doctor Who? BBC seem to be axing all of their best shows.

  • That Awkward Silent

    Just thought, in the absence of a supernatural drama for Sunday nights after Being Human finishes, perhaps BBC could dust off “Ripper”? The long planned Buffy Spin Off written by Joss Whedon for BBC could be a perfect replacement for Being Human. Get on it BBC!

  • Penny

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! JUST NO! I SHALL NOT! NO! Well maybe they’re doing it to give Toby Whithouse some spare time so he can prepare to become the Head Writer of Doctor Who!? I hope so! I expect it’s because no other villain could match the Devil?… But still, such a shame it’s ending…. yet another fantastic show bites the dust…..

  • Jakest123

    Doctor Who Confidential, Merlin, The Fades, Being Human. It looks like BBC has a Kill List, and they’re looking to destroy most factors of profitability. Now all that’s going to be on BBC3 will be some dull and repetitive Reality TV!

    Oh, well. Maybe I’m over-reacting, and Whithouse has got another great show prepared… a man can dream.

  • http://twitter.com/DonalBorgNeal Donal Borg-Neal

    This is really starting to annoy me how much of Britain’s Cult TV is being taken away. I was really annoyed that The Fades was axed, but it was okay cos I thought “At least there’s still Being Human” but now I’m losing that as well. I think they should bring The Fades back if they’re axing Being Human due to the whole reason The Fades was axed, was because of Being Human. So we deserve one or the other.

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