Being Human might just be the series that redeems the BBC in my eyes. After canning Survivors after the cliffhanger ending season 2, I was ready for blood. Now, I’m wanting to go out and buy season 2 of Being Human.
Being Human is British SciFi at it’s best. Dramatic, occasionally cheesy, and very addictive. It’s also very original, which is always a good start.
Basically Being Human is about three flat-mates trying to rediscover what being human is all about. Rediscover you ask with a quizzical look on you face? Yes, rediscover. You see these three flat-mates may look like normal human beings, but in reality they all all dead. The living dead.
George is a mild mannered and very geeky porter at the local hospital. He’s shy and doesn’t know how to talk to women, but once a month he turns into a predatory animal. A warewolf to be exact. Mitchell on the other hand – apart from being a porter in the same hospital – is totally different. He’s good looking and good with the ladies. His only downside is that he’s a vampire going cold turkey with his blood addiction. Then there is the very talkative but oh so lonely Annie, who just can’t seem to get over her fiance, despite the fact that she is a ghost.
The beauty of Being Human is not just the fact that you have three of the coolest undead living together in the same flat, rather it’s in how they try and live a normal human life, trying to fit in and help each other out.
Of course, rumours of a vampire rebellion and an unwelcome visiting warewolf makes life complicated for the flatties, as does Annie’s revelation midway through the season.
With different un-dead factions vying for control and the neighbours about ready to arm themselves with pitchforks, the three flat-mates are going to have to trust each other and work as a team to make it to the end of the first season alive – or at least, not permanently dead.
Being Human is pretty much the best British TV series that we’ve seen on DVD for some time.
Reviewed by: Jonathan