UK's 'Being Human' canceled

Another series bites the dust.

BBC Three has opted to bring the popular supernatural drama "Being Human" to a close after its current fifth season.

Being Human

On the plus side, while fans were not aware that the series would end its run this year, the creative team was told and has promised a suitably epic and "apocalyptic end," as the supernatural roommates -- vampire Hal (Damien Molony), werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), and ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) -- will team up to take on the devil.

"Working on 'Being Human' has been a truly great experience," said executive producer Rob Pursey in a statement announcing the series' cancellation. "From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we've been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It's a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way."

Series creator Toby Whithouse had little negative to say about the BBC's decision, noting that the network's goal is to give new, upcoming creators a chance to tell their stories, and that his long-in-the-tooth series had outgrown this goal. "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," Whithouse said. "In that sense 'Being Human' is perhaps a victim of its own success. We can't really call ourselves a new show anymore, and much as I'd like to think of myself as a young thrusting new talent and not a bitter old war horse, the reality is we have a duty to move aside and make space for the next 'Being Human'."

The popular series led to a U.S. adaptation which airs stateside on SyFy, currently in its third season.

UK readers: Do you agree with the BBC's decision and Whithouse's statement? Or does the series have more story to tell?

- Being Human (UK)
- Toby Whithouse
- Damien Molony
- Michael Socha
- Kate Bracken
- BBC three

Written by: kyleiam
Feb 8th, 2013, 8:55 am

Images courtesy of BBC THREE


Message Posted On Jul 27th, 2013, 5:04 pm
Please bring back Being Human... and please bring back Lenora Critchlow !!!!!!

Message Posted On Mar 22nd, 2013, 4:43 pm
I didn't like the U.S version at first but stuck it out and now love it. It is certainly better than series 4 of the U.K. version with the lame War Child plot. The U.K version was good but I do think their plot lines got bogged down with the departure of the original cast (even though I liked the new characters).

Message Posted On Mar 6th, 2013, 10:27 am
More story! And the us version blows!

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Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2013, 12:25 am

That's so sad! I really enjoyed the series from the start (and the US version, as well)... But, as long as we get a proper send-off, hopefully it will wrap up everything. I know with such a short season, it's probably going to be packed.

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