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'Being Human' comes to BBC America July 25th
by Deaana (deaana)
at May 26th, 2009 (11:15 pm)

Released by BBC America [05.26.09 - 02:19 PM]


The U.S. premiere of co-production, Being Human

Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, Being Human, a BBC AMERICA co-production, is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russell Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets. Being Human premieres Saturday, July 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secretMitchell's a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie, the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the monster threesome deals with the challenges of their new life together, they're united in their desire to blend in with their human neighbors.

By all appearances, George is a mild-mannered and geeky guy - except for one night a month when he's a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf. Mitchell is good-looking, laid-back and, unlike George, has an easy confidence with the ladies. But he's also suffering withdrawal from the blood he craves. Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is chatty, insecure and desperate for company and now that death has separated them, she longs for her fianc, who owns the house she haunts.

But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes.


"This is dead good. Even supernatural beings aren't above romantic troubles in the increasingly engaging Bristolian Buffy." The Sunday Times

"... it's sharp, dead funny and sexy." The Guardian


George Russell Tovey
Mitchell Aidan Turner
Annie Lenora Crichlow
Herrick Jason Watkins
Nina Sinead Keenan
Lauren Annabel Scholey
Owen Greg Chillin
Writer Toby Whithouse
Producer Matthew Bouch
Director Toby Haynes Alex Pillai Colin Teague
Executive Producers Rob Pursey (Touchpaper)

Being Human is a Touchpaper Television and BBC AMERICA co-production for the BBC.



Episode one

As the series begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact she's finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation into a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it's not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won't leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction promptly tears his new home to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heart-broken all over again when their landlord, her fianc Owen, pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying.

Being Human premieres Saturday, July 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode two

George is shocked when he meets another werewolf, Tully (Dean Lennox Kelly, Shameless). Tully is the opposite of Georgehe's perfectly content being a werewolf. He wants to teach George how to enjoy himself, but George just can't accept what he's become and is disgusted by Tully's attitude. Unfortunately, Tully's invited to stay at the house by Mitchella failed attempt on his part to embrace the world and be more human. Of course, he soon becomes the housemate from hell.

Episode two premieres Saturday, August 1, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode three

Annie meets another ghost, Gilbert, a Smiths fan who died in the mid-1980s. He loves being a ghost, and let's Annie know she's stuck in limbo because there is something unresolved about her death. Meanwhile, a nurse George works with is clearly interested in being more than friends, but he does not think, considering his situation, that he should be in a relationship. But as the full moon gets closer, and George's animalistic tendencies take hold, he becomes more impulsiveand lusty.

Episode three premieres Saturday, August 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode four

Mitchell's attempts to embrace humanity become even more intense when he befriends a 12-year-old boy, Bernie, and his divorced mom, Fleur, who live in the same street. The relationship reminds him of his own childhood, and what he's become, and helps him to stay on the wagon. But things turn sour when Bernie is shocked to see a glimpse of Mitchell's vampire existence. It's not long before word gets around in the neighborhood, threatening to ruin the housemates' desire for normality and acceptance. Meanwhile, Annie is traumatized by a shocking revelation about Owen. Her despair turns to anger when she learns Owen will be visiting the house to try and sort out the growing problems with the neighbors. Through her rage she discovers some powerful and uncontrollable skills. When confronted by Owen her fury develops into a lust for revenge.

Episode four premieres Saturday, August 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode five

The end of Mitchell's friendship with Bernie has pushed him back towards the vampire fold.

He learns that the vampires are starting a mass conversionthey will only feed from people who want to be vampires themselves. But the truth is much darker than Mitchell could have ever dreamed. Meanwhile, George is trying to hide his identity from his now-girlfriend, and Annie is crumbling in her attempts to avenge Owen, who still has a firm hold on her emotions.

Episode five premieres Saturday, August 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Episode six

Vampire Mitchell is in the hospital following an almost-fatal attack on his doorstep. Mitchell does not want his friends involved in the inevitable showdown with his lethal attackers, but Annie bravely decides that she cannot just stand by without doing anything. But George is faced with a huge dilemma. Should he try to help Mitchell or should he flee and try to start a normal life with his girlfriend? He has to choose between his friend and his lover. He knows Mitchell will need all the help he can get, but the lure of a normal human life is so strong.

Episode six premieres Saturday, August 29, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Posted by: I refuse to give up my obsession (endlessdeep)
Posted at: May 27th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
TB - Eric Northman Fangs

Yes! I've been waiting for this. :)

Posted by: paul_wakefield (paul_wakefield)
Posted at: May 27th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
being human

this is a seriously good series...maybe not quite in the true blood class, but definately worth watching.


Posted by: Miss Crankypants (aka_paloma)
Posted at: May 27th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Being Human George Annie Mitchell

I don't know in what manner BBC America is planning on airing Being Human, but if they add commercials like the regular American networks do and don't have the episodes run over an hour long, then you may get anywhere up to 15 minutes cut from each episode (they run approx 57-58m long) depending how long the breaks are. It's just that I have heard people lamenting the fact that BBC America had edited down programmes in the past. Also, is BBC America known for editing for content? If so, they may choose to edit it for nudity, sex, and swearing, if not for run-time.

I just wanted to put a heads-up out there in case this might happen, because for a show like Being Human, that much editing can mess up the character development, which is brilliantly handled, and might make the the story seem very choppy when it's actually a tight, well-written show.

If this turns out to be the case, and as much as it pains me to suggest it because ever since seeing it I've been all OMG EVERYONE IN THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE THIS, I'd actually recommend waiting for an unedited DVD release in R1--or download the British airings if you can and are so inclined. This show is really, really good--the best scripted supernatural show out there at the moment, IMO--and it deserves to be aired in its entirety.

And if they air the series unedited then ignore the above caveat and rejoice! \0/ It's a fantastic show and I hope everyone who watches it enjoys it as much as I did. I am DYING for series 2 to air.

Posted by: Kay (aishia)
Posted at: May 28th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)

I completely 1000% agree. WATCH THIS SHOW PEOPLE!

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