The Death of BBC’s Being Human
It seems even immortals don’t live forever. BBC has officially announced the cancellation of the hit television series Being Human. The popular series about ghost, vampire, and werewolf roommates trying to remain human despite their supernatural afflictions became a bonafide hit for BBC Three, gaining a cult following since its pilot in 2008, and winning several awards, including The Writer’s Guild Award for ‘Best TV Drama Series’ in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and ‘Best Drama Series’ at the 2011 TV Choice Awards. Syfy even adapted the series for American viewers.
BBC Three announced that despite the show’s popularity and recognition, “all good things come to an end and…[BBC Three is] committed to breaking new shows and new talent,” so the current series (5) will be the last for the BBC drama.
However, Toby Whithouse, creator and writer, has been very gracious about the announcement, stating on the Being Human blog, “Being Human was the little show that could, and…[it] managed to last 37 episodes, spawn an American version, 3 novels, an on-line spin-off and garner a shelf of awards…We must remember too that the remit of BBC Three is to encourage and support new talent, to give them opportunities to make television, to test out new ideas and formats. In that sense Being Human is perhaps a victim of its own success.”
While the news of the end of such a great show is tragic, at least the writers had enough warning to prepare one final hurrah with series 5 and give a satisfying conclusion. Whithouse declared, “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.” There are few things worse than when a beloved series doesn’t have a satisfactory ending, so hopefully this final series, which will feature our three heroes facing none other than the Devil himself, will be well-deserving of such a fantastic show.
And as Being Human’s executive producer Rob Pursey so aptly stated, “We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television.” I have no doubt that BBC will continue to bring quality entertainment, but until then, we can enjoy series 5 and prepare ourselves for the end. There’s also America’s Being Human on Syfy.
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