BeingHuman: Several shades of awesome

I’ve just caught up with the latest eposide of the increasingly good Torchwood on the brilliant BBC iPlayer and it’s followed by a trailer for something called Being Human. Here’s the two second spiel:

Contemporary supernatural drama about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost as they try to adopt the lifestyle of their neighbours – humanity.

That might sound like a recipe for comedy in the best Rentaghost tradition – and there’s some great funny lines – but it’s actually a drama, and a very well written one at that. With far fewer effects than your average Torchwood episode we’re convinced of the vampireness and, well…. dogginess of the two main characters through good old fashioned brilliant acting. Yes, I’m running out of superlatives. Sorry.

Annie, the ghost (played by Andrea Riseborough) is more like a pale person than a ghost, but that just serves to emphasize the traits of the other characters; I think she’s intentionally underplayed, to great effect.

Did I mention that vampire and werewolf (Mitchell and George – George is a great name for a werewolf, don’t you think?) both work in a hospital. So that makes is a kind of “thirtysomething vampire hospital supernatural comedy flatshare drama”. If that doesn’t tick all the boxes, nothing does.

There’s lots more info about it here and here. I really hope it becomes a full series.

(Warning: the above links to Torchwood and Being Human only work in the UK and will expire in a few days’ time. Get ‘em while they’re hot!)

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