'Being Human' UK Cancelled by BBC

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February 7th, 2013

via 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.

  • TV#1

    I still haven’t really had a chance to watch the BBC version, but I love the US version. I hope it doesn’t meet with the same fate at the end of its current season.

  • John A

    Glad as it hasnt been that great since Series 3 ended. 5 series has been enough.

  • Tommy

    I’m getting tired of the word “cancellation” being used when a Television series is ending. There is a difference…

  • Craig Thomas


    Yes there is a difference. The question is though have the writers had enough time to write a proper finale? If so then you can say it’s ending but if it’s already finished and they had planned for a next series then chances are it’s cancelled, especially if it ends on a cliff hanger. I guess each season has more or less been a self contained story anyway so I have a feeling the ending should be a good one.

  • DenverDean

    Assumed S5 was end when they only ordered six episodes + it seemed like the end when Annie finished her journey. Hope the US version continues to thrive.

  • Shepherd

    One down, one to go.

  • alim

    thank god. i stopped watching after they changed the cast

  • Spartacus 666

    Does anybody on BBC work more than a couple of years

  • psychic

    Any word on the US version?

  • Max

    I haven’t watched the British version in a while – am I gathering the original cast all left and were replaced by different actors – I would imagine playing different characters or are the original 3 still in it?

  • Wright

    What the hell. That sucks. I’ll miss Hal.

  • Michael

    After Annie left I didn’t really care anymore. Sad to see Being Human go though.

  • JulieDawn

    To me it wasn’t really the same show anymore after all the original cast was gone. Even the season just with Annie didn’t really thrill me. But at the beginning, it was one of the best things on TV.

  • Josh Emerson

    I’m disappointed about this. Although it’s not the same with the different cast, I do like the new characters and would continue to watch if they did more series of it. Oh well.

  • Joseph

    Does the Cancellation Bear have a British cousin who cancels English TV shows??

  • Tom

    Yes. They call him the Royal Cancellation Ursus.

  • Simon Jester

    @Tom – LOL, I’m mourning the absence of a “Like” button.


    Only watched S01 of the BBC series, but really hooked on the US version

  • FaceForDarkness89

    Shame since it’s been refreshed and still stacks up there with the best. And as noted by others, it’s not been “cancelled”. It’s been given an end date that was prepared for by the shows creator.

    But much like the cast change from seasons 3 to 4, we viewed the news as an opportunity. It meant I could actually write a climax for the show, instead of it just popping out to the shops at the end of season 5 and never coming back. You’ve no idea how rare that is in television, and what a great opportunity it is to write something suitably definitive and satisfactory.

    Consequently we’ve created what I hope you’ll agree is an epic, thrilling and shocking finale that’ll keep the fans guessing and speculating for years to come.


  • Wilbur

    The early seasons with the original three characters was great.

    When they started swapping characters out and bringing in new ones, this dropped off my favorites list and I stopped watching.

    The US version was awful compared to the BBC version, so Being Human is no longer on my radar.

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