18 February 2008 on BBC (pilot)
25 January 2009 on BBC, 25 July 2009 on BBC America, and 23 August 2010 on SPACE
Being Human – just a regular flatshare… for a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost
New, one-off drama, Being Human, is a witty, exciting, sexy and extraordinary look at the friendship between three, twenty-something outsiders trying to find their way in an enticing, yet complicated world.
The BBC Three drama stars a cast of bright, up-and-coming actors – Guy Flanagan (Totally Frank), Andrea Riseborough (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk To Finchley) and Russell Tovey (The History Boys) – alongside Adrian Lester (Hustle). Being Human explores what it's like trying to find where you fit into the grand scheme of things when you live with an unusual affliction…
Mitchell (Flanagan) and George (Tovey) are two twenty-something lads who, like any of their peers, would love to hit the town, pull girls and spend evenings down the pub. Mitchell is a hospital cleaner, good looking, laid back and a hit with the ladies. Oh, and he's a blood sucking vampire. Mitchell's friend George works in the same hospital as a porter. He's an awkward but loveable geek who was befriended by Mitchell two years ago.
George was heartbroken after he had to move away from the love of his life; he had to leave before she discovered that at every full moon, he sprouts a snout, grows a very hairy back and transforms into a werewolf. Having had enough of sleeping in hostels and temporary accommodation, Mitchell and George decide to get a flat together where they can indulge in their love of beer, pizza and watching TV. They just want to have a go at being normal; being human.
Annie (Riseborough) is their uninvited lodger. When the guys move into their new creepy abode they are not expecting to share it with a ghost with a confidence crisis. Annie used to live in the flat with her boyfriend but following a fatal accident, and now suffering from a distinct lack of self-esteem, she can't move on. So, she spends her time wandering around the house, making cups of tea she can't drink and scaring away anyone who dares try to move into her home. But when George and Mitchell move in Annie's surprised to find two new friends who are as unusual and weird as she is.
Rob Pursey, executive producer for Touchpaper Television, says: "Being Human is a warm, funny, aspirational drama with an irresistible twist. Mitchell, George and Annie are supernatural creatures but they are desperate to be a part of a life we all take for granted.
"It's an exciting and contemporary take on friendship and finding your way in the world. Toby Whithouse's witty, emotionally powerful script makes these three misfits come alive even though they're far from human."
Being Human is commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC Three, and Jane Tranter, Controller of BBC Fiction, and produced by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group. Executive producers are Julie Gardner (Head of Drama, Wales and Head of Drama Commissioning) and Lucy Richer (Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama).
It is written by Toby Whithouse (Hotel Babylon), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures), directed by Declan O'Dwyer (Wire In The Blood) and executive produced by Rob Pursey (The Queen's Sister) and Julie Gardner. The 60-minute drama is one of six bold and engaging new dramas for BBC Three starting with Phoo Action on Tuesday 12 February. The others are: West 10 LDN, The Things I Haven't Told You, Mrs In-Betweeny, and Dis/connected.