Toby Whithouse to Serve Up Season Five of BEING HUMAN for BBC AMERICA
Announced this morning, BBC AMERICA’s hit Supernatural Saturday series BEING HUMAN has been commissioned for a Fifth Season. The current season is airing now on BBC AMERICA and S5 will premiere next year on both BBC AMERICA and BBC Three in the UK.
From today’s press release:
Toby Whithouse, creator and executive producer, is keeping plans closely under wraps but can confirm that werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony) will return. He says: “Being Human lives on! The response to series 4 has been terrific. We’re thrilled that the audience have taken the new cast into their hearts with such enthusiasm and affection. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to expand the world further and explore new characters and tell new stories. A heartfelt thank you to all the fans for their unstinting support, and to the BBC for letting us mess up the sandpit for a fifth year.”
BBC AMERICA’s SVP of Programming, Richard De Croce, commented: “The original hit Being Human series has been a staple of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday programming block. We’re excited to present the series’ loyal fans with a fifth season and to continue working with the series’ cast and extraordinarily talented creator Toby Whithouse, who clearly is fast becoming one of the biggest names in sci-fi television.”
BEING HUMAN is produced by Touchpaper Wales, a Zodiak Media Company, for BBC Cymru Wales and BBC AMERICA.
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io9 has a great piece on the unlikely beginning to what would become one of the greatest television shows of all time:
These days, Doctor Who is approaching its 50th anniversary as one of the most successful television shows of all time. But originally? Doctor Who was a small show that the BBC expected to run for a few episodes, and then vanish forever. The show had a tiny studio and huge cameras, and a shoestring budget. But the people who were making the show were outsiders, who were anathema to the entrenched BBC culture.
At the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles, we were thrilled to hear from Waris Hussein, who directed the very first Doctor Who episode, about how an East Indian teamed up with a Canadian and a young woman to revolutionize television science fiction.
Hussein took part in a panel at Gallifrey about “Doctor Who in the Sixties,” alongside stars William Russell (Ian) and Maureen O’Brien (Vicki). And even though we kind of knew thatDoctor Who was an upstart program that many people within the BBC were opposed to, we didn’t realize quite how much the odds were against this show…
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This photo of star Lenora Crichlow is from the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, where she won the “TV Actress of the Year” award.
As part of the premiere for Season 4 of Being Human (Saturday, February 25 at 9/8c, btw) BBC America wants you to share your best worst roommate story. In return, you get entered into a contest to win everything you see in the photo above:
Hair in the sink, odd sleep schedules, disgusting eating habits and crazy mood swings … Supernatural Saturday’s “Being Human” knows roommates suck.
But you don’t have to be a werewolf, ghost or vampire to have a beast of a roommate. So, tell us your Roommate from Hell story with a photo or video, for a chance to win a killer Supernatural Saturday prize pack including “Being Human” Seasons 1-3, multiple “Doctor Who” DVD sets, a “Doctor Who” Silence Nano-Recorder, plus much more!
To enter visit BBCAmerica
Big news is rolling out on the upcoming season of Doctor Who: shooting will commence on February 20, BBC’s Doctor Who website has announced. The first director will be Saul Metzstein (Upstairs Downstairs), with executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat joining new EP Caroline Skinner and producer Marcus Wilson on the production team.
The show will also be getting some new digs: the new series will be produced at the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, set to officially open in March.
Writers for the new season have been confirmed. Toby Whithouse — the brains behind the original UK Being Human and the well-received Who episodes “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” and “The God Complex” — will contribute once again. Meanwhile, Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall will also join this year’s writing team. He has previously written the episodes “42″ and the two parter “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.”
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10 - The Fades
I don’t know whether to be scared for you, or scared of you
I’ve talked about this show quite a bit in an effort to get people watching but as I always say it is an odd little series that definitely won’t appeal to everyone but those who fall for it will fall hard. The way the story developed over just 6 episodes was so impressive, they took such risks which many shows wouldn’t even dare to unleash until a few seasons.
The friendship between Paul and Mac is also a highlight, two teenage boys who clearly care for each other and despite everything falling apart around them will stick together. Oh and its also super dark and scary. Don’t watch with the lights off.
Every show in the Top 10 at one point was my favourite show of the year, seriously so hard ordering them but I like to torture my TV loving heart.
Featuring exclusive interviews with stars Iain De Caestecker (Young
Herriot, River City) and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman,
Whitechapel), plus writer Jack Thorne (This is England ‘86, Skins,
Shameless) and Producer Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who, Five Days).
THE FADES, the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age fantasy drama, follows
seventeen-year-old geek Paul (De Caestecker), who is haunted by
apocalyptic dreams that his therapist can’t explain. Neither can best
friend and fellow social outcast, Mac (Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny English
Reborn), or unsympathetic and much cooler twin sister, Anna (Lily
Loveless, Skins). But trying to fit in becomes the least of Paul and
Mac’s worries, as Paul’s horrific dreams become a reality and they are
embroiled in a battle between the living and the dead.
FADES, the latest addition to Supernatural Saturday, before the U.S.
Premiere *** Saturday, Jan 14 at 9/8c *** only on BBC America.
THE NERDIST’s Favorite Doctor Who Moments
Chris Hardwick, Wil Wheaton, Jonah Ray, Matt Mira, and Kumail Nanjiani share their favorite moments from Doctor Who Season 6.
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE: you should watch THE NERDIST: YEAR IN REVIEW premiering Saturday Dec 24 at 9/8c immediately following Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials at 8/7c, on BBC America.
Why? That’s because his special guests are Nathan Fillion (‘Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place’, ‘Robot Chicken’), Wil Wheaton (‘Naruto’, ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’), Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash), and Interviews with Simon Pegg (Hippies, Untitled Star Trek Sequel) and some guy named