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I thought, seeing as we are doing a re-watch from the beginning, that this would be an opportunity to get the full blog experience that some of us missed out on the first time round, or a chance to relive it for you Old Ones out there.

Therefore, in time with the re-watching, I plan on posting EVERYTHING that was posted on the blog in-between the episodes.

Enjoy :)



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WELCOME TO BEING HUMAN

 

Welcome to the Being Human blog - your ultimate behind-the-scenes guide to BBC Three's new drama about three twenty-somethings who also happen to be a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Here you'll find exclusive videos, pictures and insider knowledge about the show, the cast and the characters, directly from the set and the writers.
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The original Being Human pilot first aired on BBC Three in February 2008 and it went down so well, a full series comes to BBC Three in 2009. We'll let you know exactly when, but until then - and during the series - this will be the place for everything you need to know about the story, the world, and more so make sure you bookmark it.

For those of you who may have been living under a rock at the time, Being Human is about George, Mitchell and Annie, three seemingly normal flatmates struggling to keep their dark secrets from the world, and follows their struggle to fight both their curses and the enemies who want to bring them down.

Stay tuned for more updates soon. 

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2008/12/welcome_to_being_human.html

 

 

 

 



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GEORGE

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MITCHELL

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2008/12/mitchell.html



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ANNIE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2008/12/annie.html



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THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER

At last we can finally bring you the trailer for Being Human, BBC Three's hit new drama coming to your screens very soon.  

 

 

As of today, this blog is your daily dose of Being Human action.  We want your thoughts, comments and opinions on all things Being Human, and in return we'll give you the latest behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, pictures, storyboards, gossip and more.

 

On top of galleries and interviews with the stars, we've even got a very special treat lined up in the coming days.  Toby Withouse, creator of Being Human, will be giving an exclusive interview about the new series.  

 

We'll also be posting interviews with the main cast members, as they discuss what they really think about their characters.  There might even be a few exciting clips from the new series. 

The clock is ticking...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/the_wait_is_nearly_over.html

 

What do you guys think of comment No. 25?



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RUSSELL ON BEING GEORGE

 

How best would you describe an obsessive-compulsive werewolf??  Russell Tovey gives us his thoughts on the loveable George.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/russell_on_being_george.html

Much love for Russell, even if I still resent him very slightly



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AIDAN ON BEING MITCHELL


 

He's a vampire, but he's trying to give up blood... confused or what?  Aidan Turner discusses what it's like playing the eternally-complex Mitchell.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/aidan_on_being_mitchell.html

 

Mitchell is an American pancake. Apparently.



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LENORA ON BEING ANNIE

When not even death can help you get over your ex, you know your character's in for a rough ride.  Lenora Crichlow explains all about Annie.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/lenora_or_being_annie.html

 

Comment 4: "i feel this will probably die after one series sadly due to a BIG error of judgement in re casting by the powers that be!!"

Five series later... And we still could have had more. :(



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What do you guys think of comment No. 25?


Hi Shoe - a jolly good question, if I may say so, and well worth an answer (or two).

Either Ye Olde Blogger back then was just a little bit wrong, OR I shall have to start using "unbearable garbage" as a term of high approval from now on - do you see it catching on as a buzz-term for all-time excellence?

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Hey Marigold! Have we met yet? I don't believe so. Hello :)

You just made me giggle. Yes, clearly this is one of those things where negative is positive, it's the only explanation.



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Thank you very much, Shoe! I remember lurking on the old blog during series 1 & 2, too shy to come out of the woodwork... It'll be nice to re-read the comments too & watch the videos.

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Maybe Ye Olde Poster Twentyfive is still amongst us by another name?

My lurking days on the BBC blog only go back as far as series 4, although I watched the show from the start, I didn't find out about the on-line jollifications till much later, so it's nice to be in circulation at last. So big thank yo Shoe for the links to archivey stuff - don't think I'd ever have found it on my own...  



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BEHIND THE SCENES: COSTUME AND MAKE-UP

 

In the first of our access-all-areas mini-docs we've gone behind the scenes of the costume and make-up departments. 

 

What do you think of our stars' style?  Have a watch and leave us your comments...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/behind_the_scenes_costume_and.html

I love Marcus, think he's brilliant. Great to follow on twitter too, lots of gory pictures.

 



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LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED

 

 

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It's the post you've all been waiting for... the official launch date of the new series. 

 

Being Human starts on Sunday 25th January at 9pm on BBC Three.  So just 10 days to go!  Get ready to lock the door, take the phone off the hook and make sure you're watching because the first few minutes are crucial - and expect more to be revealed about how our trio came to have their curses. I can't say any more than that, but trust me... it's definitely not one to miss.

 

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates and exclusive videos between now and the launch.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/launch_date_announced.html



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BEHIND THE SCENES: LOCATIONS

"A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a house in Bristol..."  It's a phrase you might be familiar with, but why is Bristol in particular so crucial to the series?  All is revealed as we go behind the scenes of the Being Human locations. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/behind_the_scenes_locations.html



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GEORGE'S TRANSFORMATION

 

A man transforming into a werewolf was never going to be a pretty sight... but did you expect it to be this bone-crunchingly ugly?

 

Best not to watch if you're squeamish.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/georges_transformation.html

 

This may be a controversial view but I think that Being Human always did the best werewolf transformations in the history of forever. There's something about the puppets that make them seem so real, something that you would not have got with CGI and a bigger budget. Being Human has always focussed on the character, George's pain, rather than flashy expensive things that look good and that is one of the things that made BH so amazing and special. *sheds a tear*



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'Struth! The homework just keeps on coming... good! So please, keep it coming, I never knew there weere all these goodies...

Thank you again, Shoe 

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Glad you're enjoying :) got 3 more posts to put up before we watch episode 1 on Wednesday so I'll do that tomorrow. We got SO much stuff for series 1, 2 and 3, it's really sad how it slowed down :(

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And if only my ordered box set turns up in time I'll be up and running - or trickling on behind like before... how long did it take you experts to master and mistress the art of watching and posting At The Same Time? Without missing anything on screen AND not talking cobblerss while you were at it?

Cos, on the basis of the pilot rewatch action - I'm impressed!



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Talk about multitasking ;)

Su, WhimsyFox, KatyNewt and I were also all talking to each other on skype at the same time.

'Twas a bit crazy

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OK then. I'm in serious training now...

I'll be up to speed by the time we hit series 5 rewatch, promise!

 



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Excuse me for asking a stupid question, I just got addicted (like five years too late..) and I would really, really love to read the Old Blog... is that even possible? I am stuck in Sweden so I can't get access to all the good stuff all you lucky people in the UK can! Though, I have just purchased the complete DVD-box after watching four seasons on Netflix over and over again. Maybe I should get a life...? But this is truly the best I have seen for ages!

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ShoePigeon wrote:

I thought, seeing as we are doing a re-watch from the beginning, that this would be an opportunity to get the full blog experience that some of us missed out on the first time round, or a chance to relive it for you Old Ones out there.

Therefore, in time with the re-watching, I plan on posting EVERYTHING that was posted on the blog in-between the episodes.

Enjoy :)


 Love that! Thank you!smile



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Hey litensanna! welcome :) so I'm going to be posting everything that went up on the blog to correspond with our rewatches (Wednesdays, 8pm BST) We watched the pilot last week and were watching series 1 episode 1 tomorrow. If you keep following this topic then im tracking down all the YouTube links and stuff but If you can't wait then just follow the links I post at the bottom of each post and it will take you to the blog archive.

Don't worry about being addicted, none of us have lives here :)

Right, onto today's posts!

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ANNIE: SEEING IS BELIEVING

 

(I couldn't find this video on YouTube but it's just a preview clip of the first scene from episode 1, after Annie's monologue, the bit with the pizza delivery guy. You can watch it if you follow the link below but I'm not sure if that works over seas)

 

Boosted by the positive atmosphere in the house, Annie is becoming more real than ever and now even regular humans can see her.  But will she be able to keep this up...? 

 

Find out when Being Human launches this Sunday at 9pm on BBC Three.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/annie_seeing_is_believing.html



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TOBY WHITHOUSE REVEALS ALL

Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, talks exclusively to the BH blog about the journey from pilot to series and the impact the fans have had in getting the show back on our screens.

 

Being Human kicks off Sunday 25th January at 9pm on BBC Three.  And just a tip... head straight here after the show for a brand new behind the scenes video that blows the lid on all things vampire

 

Don't miss it!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/toby_whithouse_reveals_all.html

 

Lord Toby has weird eyebrows. Just saying.



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smile Thank you! Sounds promising! "I think I'll like it here!" (Tully?)



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What an excellent idea, Shoe!

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VAMPING IT UP

Did you know that Mitchell actually loves to cook with garlic?  Clearly, my friends, these are not your average bloodsuckers.  So this week we've gone behind the scenes to shed light on Being Human's most mysterious characters... The vampires.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/vamping_it_up.html



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EPISODE ONE IS HERE

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The wait has ended and episode one of Being Human has officially arrived.  With George tearing the flat apart, Herrick talking of a vampire revolution and Annie longing for her beloved Owen, it certainly had a lot going on. 

But what did you think?  Add your comment below

 

 

And if you've not discovered our Facebook page yet then what are you waiting for...?  Get involved!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/episode_one_is_here.html

 



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I'll just say it again this was a brilliant idea Shoe this is amazing! Thanks for doing all of this xxx

Having just watched the Mitchell preview I noticed he says 'I'm not nice'! That BH repetition again D



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Oops Comment 25 - am sure if it is a current member they will be highly embarrassed by their post way back then, after all its a load of "unbearable garbage" !!  I'm sure being the lovely folk we are we can forgive them their initial musings.



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Mmm, not sure why my previous comment appeared there , thought I had replied in amongst the other responses to Comment 25 on the first blog ? Oh well, am sure you'll understand!

By the way Shoe, excellent work on reproducing the blog - dedication to the cause indeed - Gold stars all round to you and many thanks - brings back many happy memories and nice to have everything all here in one place x

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TOBY WHITHOUSE ON THE CHARACTERS

(Couldn't find this video on YouTube but it can be seen via the link below. sorry non UK people :()

In another BH blog exclusive Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, gives an insight into what makes George, Mitchell and Annie tick. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/toby_whithouse_on_the_characte.html



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THE BIG BAD WOLF

Listen up George fans...  This week on Being Human George takes centre stage as he meets Tully, a mysterious loner with a difference -  He's also a werewolf.  As far as revelations go, that's a pretty big one, especially since George has never even spoken to anyone else with the curse. 

 

How will he deal with Tully's new influence?  Tune in at 9pm this Sunday on BBC Three to find out.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/the_big_bad_wolf.html



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HERRICK: EVIL WITH A SMILE

Say hello to Herrick, the smiling, charming and deeply disturbing leader of the vampire underworld.  He might seem like a friendly copper, but don't be fooled... underneath lies a manipulative killer who wants Mitchell back by his side to kill again. 

 

Not that you'd know that from his grin...

 

What do you think of this new breed of under-the-radar villain?  Leave your comments below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/herrick_evil_with_a_smile.html

 

 



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BEING HUMAN: THE ARTWORK

With episode one still fresh in our minds, here is a look at the fantastic artwork that made Being Human possible.  Using a series of hand-drawn storyboards the team managed to tell the opening scene on paper weeks before shooting a single frame.  They did go out of the lines a few times, but I think we can let them off...

 

Thanks to Being Human director Toby Haynes for the images.

 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/being_human_the_artwork.html



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HOW DID I NEVER KNOW THIS HAPPENED?!?!?!

 

EPISODE TWO NOW ONLINE

 

Thought seven days was a long time to wait for your latest installment of Being Human? We thought so too. That's why we gave you episode two right here on the blog a full 24hours before it was on BBC Three.

If you missed it, there's still time to catch episode two on BBC iPlayer and don't forget all the action on the Facebook page to get involved with too.

We'll be previewing episode three here on the blog again next Saturday, so don't forget to check back then if Sunday seems too far away!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/01/episode_two_now_online.html



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EPISODE TWO: HAVE YOUR SAY

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Episode two of Being Human saw a lot of love-hate relationships...

 

It started with the shock of Tully and George... then took a vampire twist with Mitchell and Lauren... following that was the shambles that is George and Nina... before ending on... erm, Mitchell and his DVD?  Blimey.

 

But the question is, what did you think of the second instalment?  Have your say and get the debate going in the comments section.  And if you missed the show, don't miss out - check out iplayer to catch up.

 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/episode_two_have_your_say.html



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TULLY: A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

Tully was wise.  Tully was charming.  Tully was... trouble.

 

In this latest behind the scenes special, we've gone on set to find out just how and why this meeting of werewolves changed George's life forever.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/tully_the_wolf_in_sheeps_cloth_2.html



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TOBY'S BLOG: CREATING THE NEW SERIES

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Toby Whithouse, the writer of Being Human, is a regular visitor to the BH Blog.  We've asked him to introduce himself and then pop on here regularly to respond to your questions and comments. Over to you, Toby:

"Ok, so this is the first time I've ever done anything like this. If it works out, hopefully this will be a weekly thing, for the run of the series. If it doesn't then we must all agree never to discuss it ever again. Basically it's an opportunity for me to answer specific questions you might have about the show. Obviously I can't answer everything - but if there's something you want to ask, pop it on the comment's board and I'll respond to as many as I can.

So to get the ball rolling, I've noticed a couple of questions popping up on the Being Human site and other discussion forums...

In episode 1, why can the pizza delivery guys see Annie, and her fiancee can't? Well, at the beginning of the episode *everyone* can see her. The shock of seeing her fiancee makes her have a relapse and return to her old ghost-like state. It's all explained in the episode, I'm not making this up.

Or...Mitchell and sunlight. Sunlight isn't deadly to all vampires - it wasn't to Dracula. But he doesn't like it. When it comes to sunlight imagine that Mitchell is...ginger, I guess.

After episode 2, someone asked why George hasn't worked out how to hide a spare set of clothes etc already, as well as all the things Tully teaches him. My feeling is, and it's something we allude to a lot in the series, is that George is in a total state of denial about his condition. To come up with ways to minimise the impact of his curse would mean he'd have to confront it. And that's something he simply cannot do. It's better to simply not think about it for 27 days and then get it over with as quickly as possible.

And finally...in episode 1, why doesn't George smash out through the windows when he's transformed in the house? Uh, right. Well, he tells  Mitchell to pull the curtains so that the wolf won't be able to see the windows and...oh shut up...

So, get thinking about other questions, and in the meantime, seeing as you've seen episodes 1 + 2 now, I thought I'd say something about the difference between writing a first episode and a subsequent one.

Ok, I know this sounds like I'm stating the obvious, but with a first episode you're showing the viewer a world. You're introducing them to a whole new set of rules, and a new language and population, in the hope that they'll enjoy it enough to come back. And somewhere in there you need to tell a story.

Introducing the characters is the fun bit. You do that through dialogue and their reactions to events. When I think of a character I tend to think of single lines or moments that sum them up. For example, with George, it's the Polo line. His attraction to Becca is slammed into his innate shyness around women. (What makes me laugh when I see that moment is not the line but the tiny internal slump Russell does as he realises what he's said and a tiny part of his soul dies, and the slightly wide-eyed shock of Aiden and Jessica.) Everything you need to know about that character is summed up in that moment.

Setting the tone is a responsibility shared between me, the director and the Director of Photography and the producer. The script is the map, but it's a committee that decides how we get there.

But it's the story that's the difficult bit. Every episode after the first concentrates on one of the characters. But in episode one you have to give each of the characters equal weight, because this is the first time the audience have ever seen them (yes - except for the pilot
- I'm getting to that).

Hopefully we achieved that in episode 1. But, for my money, it's still Mitchell's episode.
I wanted the three brushes with vampires to be like the three  ghosts visiting Scrooge in a Christmas Carol, with the final visit - from Lauren - being the one that consolidates his choice.

Of course we were delighted when we got the series commission. The only downside of it was, it meant I had to essentially write the first episode twice. We knew that the audience would be divided between those who'd seen the pilot and those that hadn't. So it became a balancing act of reintroducing the show but in a way that wouldn't bore the fans who'd seen the pilot and already knew the world.

Episode 2 was much more straight forward. It was much easier to structure because it concentrated on one character and followed a more linear path.I'm really pleased with it for a number of reasons. Aside from our usual stars, there was that extraordinary performance from Dean Lennox Kelly as Tully, and the rather wonderful Sinead Keenan as Nina. You'll be seeing more of her in weeks to come.

Ok, over to you. Though I should point out, if your question highlights a mistake or contradiction, I am allowed to ignore it!"

Toby will be back again soon with another blog post.  In the mean time, check out our Toby Whithouse video interviews, where Toby reveals all about getting Being Human back on air and gives his view on the characters.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/what_the_writer_says.html



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THE THIRST

With Lauren spiralling out of control, Mitchell has a job on his hands trying to stop her addiction taking over.  After stealing blood from the hospital proves not to be the answer, he realises he needs to come up with alternatives.  Fast.

 

Don't forget, if you want to see the third episode of Being Human 24hours before it's on BBC Three, come back here tomorrow at 9pm for an exclusive first look. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/the_thirst.html

 



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 EPISODE 3 NOW ONLINE

 

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If your addiction to Being Human is a lot like Mitchell's addiction to blood, then consider this post your bit of neck...  Yes, it's another fresh new episode ready to view on the BBC iPlayer

If you can't wait a full seven days for your next installment, come back to the blog on to see the latest episode previewed on Saturday night at 9pm, a full 24 hours before it's on TV.  But sshhhh... don't tell BBC Three!  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/episode_three_now_online.html



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EPISODE 3: HAVE YOUR SAY

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If last week's episode of Being Human was big, this week's episode was HUGE.  Let me remind you what happened using these simple maths equations...

 

Mitchell + Lauren - Blood = Very Dangerous

 

Annie + Owen + Gilbert + Thong x Stairs = Changes Everything

 

George + Nina - Moon = A Howl of a Time

 

Fake Tan + Fake Tan x Fake Tan = Janey Harris

 

So that's our summary, but what did you think?  Leave us your comments below. 

 

Also, it's a major week coming up here on the BH Blog... On Monday we're going behind the scenes of Annie's death and on Tuesday Toby Whithouse, the creator of the Being Human, will be back with a brand new update answering all your questions.  Don't miss it.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/episode_three_have_your_say.html



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INSIDE THE CRIB

YO!  The Being Human Blog goes all street today as we step inside Annie, George and Mitchell's 'crib'.  Over to Set Designer Andrew Purcell for a house tour like you've never seen before...

 

Don't forget, if you enjoyed episode three come back tomorrow to find out just how the stunt team created Annie's killer stair fall.

 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/inside_the_crib.html



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KILLING ANNIE

 

The moment Annie died was without question the pivotal moment of episode three, so it had to be both shocking and realistic.  

 

Oh, and she had to fall hard enough to crack that tile.  

 

To find out exactly how it was done, we've gone behind the scenes to discover a world of green screen, stunt men and a member of the Being Human cast who really wants to be James Bond...

 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/killing_annie.html



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TOBY'S BLOG: THE MYTHS AND MORE 

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Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, is back to answer more of your questions about the series.  Toby, over to you...

 

 

I've been pouring through the comments on the website and here's a few questions I've found... 

 

How did I decide which bits of mythology to use and which to ignore? 
I chose whichever ones offered the best story potential. For example, I liked the tradition of vampires not being able to have their image captured on film. I felt this could throw up some exciting and unsettling visual moments, such as the CCTV at the beginning of episode 1, and the Vampire Porn in episode 2.

Then I found the rule about vampires being unable to cross a threshold unless invited. There was something about this I liked, so threw it into a script. It wasn't going to feature heavily and might have got cut, but suddenly when I got to episode 5 I could use it in a really interesting way...

 

Because there are so many rules about supernatural creatures, we could pick and choose what ones we wanted. But the bottom line always had to be "What gives us the best story?"

 

Werewolves crossing water. This has its roots in folklore, when lycanthropy was connected with madness. The insane were often placed on islands, as this was considered an effective way of cutting them off from the rest of society. I guess they thought if you were mad you couldn't build a raft. But over time it's got twisted up with hydrophobia, the fear of water, which is supposedly a symptom of rabies.

 

A question about George's transformations. After all this time, why isn't he secreting a spare set of clothes somewhere?

Once transformed, George has all night to lope around. Consequently he could wake up 10 miles away from where he started. So he'd have to have sets of clothes hidden away in dozens of locations.

 

I then ventured into the world of internet forums. Man, that was scary. But here's what I found...

 

Is that an amulet of some kind that Mitchell looks after for George? 
No, it's George's Star of David. George is Jewish and his faith is very important to him. It's worth clearing this up now because in future episodes, the 'religious symbol' thing becomes really important...

 

Will we explore the line from the pilot "the men with sticks and rope"? (basically what Annie and Mitchell saw when they died)

Death is obviously a major topic for the show. We saw Gilbert pass over in episode 3, and we'll see something similar later in the series. The image of the men with sticks and ropes is a line that seems to have struck a chord with a lot of viewers and I've been asked a couple of times where it came from. This sounds very indulgent and pretentious, but I had no idea I was going to write that line until I wrote it. It took me completely by surprise. But yes, it is something that we will revisit later.

 

Speaking of the pilot, here's an interesting one.

Is the pilot 'canon'? (i.e. does the series follow on from the pilot?)  

Yes. I'd like it to be. I know three of the characters have new heads and there's been a tonal shift in terms of the vampires, but I tried to make sure nothing in the series contradicted anything in the pilot. Some people have said, in episode 1, it appeared that Annie hadn't met George's ex, Julia, when in fact she had. I disagree. I wrote episode 1 pretty soon after the pilot, so for me it was a direct pick up. There's nothing in what Annie says that (at least to my mind) says she hasn't met Julia.

 

Ok, back to you. Keep those questions coming, otherwise the next blog will be about my kitchen extension.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/tobys_blog_the_myths_and_more.html

 



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THE MUSIC OF BEING HUMAN PART ONE

 

 

 

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After being flooded with comments about the soundtrack of Being Human, we've done a bit of digging into why certain tracks were chosen.  Here Toby Haynes, the director of Being Human episodes one and two, discusses the reasons he chose such iconic tracks...

 

 

When I read the scripts for Being Human I was totally blown away.  I love horror, especially Werewolves, so Toby Withouse's script was the closest thing to 'An American Werewolf in London' I'd ever read. It was brilliant.
 
I was immediately filled with an overwhelming sense of protection over the show. I didn't want it to fall into the hands of someone who didn't understand the genre. It needed to be bold and punchy, cinematic and personal, also with enough nods to the archetypes our characters had emerged from.
 
I felt the music in the pilot had been particularly successful in places. Its use of Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' seemed to really sum up the concept of the show, without being gothic or obvious. This, I felt was the key; songs that sum up the moment, emotion or action, the lyrics had to have relevance. This also sits well with Being Human's spiritual granddaddy 'An American Werewolf' where John Landis only used tracks with the word 'moon' somewhere in the lyrics, genius!
 
It was all very well to say all tracks had to have relevance, finding them was much trickier than I thought. I put out a challenge to the crew to come up with songs that had the words Vampire, Ghost, Wolf, Blood, Moon, Change, etc in the lyrics or title. This was a mistake. Every time I would walk onto set, or down a corridor someone would jump out and shout "Killing Moon!" or "Ghost Town!" which was very distracting. I ended up with a huge database of horror related songs, but during the editing process a lot of them just didn't fit. I realised that because the show was about much more than just ghosts and ghouls, the music had to also reflect this complexity.
 
One of my favourite tracks in opening episode was The Arctic Monkeys' 'When The Sun Goes Down'. It sums up Georges predicament perfectly without being all wolfy and on the nose about it. This was a suggestion from Ross Sellwood our music advisor (who does loads of work coming up with good ideas that I callously ignore, so it's great he got one through here!). It's also a good contemporary track; this always relaxes the execs when they know we're appealing to our demographic instead of indulging our love of obscure Death Metal B-sides.
 
I opened each of my episodes with the Supergrass track 'St Petersburg', which has a sort of melancholic thoughtfulness about it that chimes with Annie's look, taking us into the opening titles.
  
Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' was a last minute thing Matt [Bouch the producer] and I came up with in the Sound Mix. We'd wanted to reprise the St Petersburg track, but it just didn't sit right with the mood of the scene - where Mitchell is sitting shaken by the death of Becca. HURT with its feelings of regret and consequence really captures the house mates mood at this time.
 
In Episode 2, I wanted to sum up the weird and dislocated mood George is in after meeting another werewolf for the first time. I found this excellent rare track from The Coral called 'Shadows Fall' which has a lovely eerie, deserted funfair feel to it.
 
Roachford's 'Cuddly Toy' is on the radio when Tully is doing his little shimmy in THAT dressing gown. "Feel for me Baby!" that's Tully alright. Which brings me to 'The Hounds of Love' which plays out on the café radio as Tully tries to coach George in the dark arts of picking up chicks.
 
Once again I tried to end the episode with a killer track, and I think Muse's 'Showbiz'really cracks the sentiment here. With George having had to face who he really is, and Mitchell struggling with his addiction, I think the opening line of the song is something like "controlling my feelings for too long..." ooh, feel the relevance!
 

It was an intense and exciting experience making Being Human. The quality of the show is testament to the talented crew Matt Bouch put together, all working to bring Toby Whithouse's words to the screen unharmed. For me it was a privilege to kick this genre-bending series off on a journey that will hopefully play out over many seasons to come. 

 
Anyway, that's it for my Episodes, check out the list below its got all the tracks and artist we used in Episode 1 and 2 so enjoy!
 
 Episode 1

 

Track & Artist

 

Smack my Bitch Up - The Prodigy 

When the Sun Goes Down - The Arctic Monkeys

St Petersburg - Supergrass

Wondering - Dirty Pretty Things

Books from Boxes - Maximo Park

Take Her Back - Pigeon Detectives

Friendly Ghost - The Eels

Hurt - Johnny Cash 

 

Episode 2

 

Something Inside of Me - The Coral 

Shadows Fall - The Coral

Showbiz - Muse

St Petersburg - Supergrass

Cuddly Toy - Roachford

The Hounds of Love - The Futureheads

Secret Kiss - The Coral

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/02/the_music_of_being_human_part.html

 



-- Edited by ShoePigeon on Wednesday 3rd of July 2013 09:16:59 PM

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