BBC getting the Being Human band back together for series 5


Being ‘human’ is hard enough for the average individual. Imagine how difficult it is for your average vampire, ghost and/or werewolf. Now, put them all in a flat in Wales and it becomes almost impossible to imagine. Being Human, the Toby Whithouse creation started out almost five years ago now as a series that bordered on equal parts comedy, equal parts horror drama with original stars, Lenora Crichlow (ghost), Russell Tovey (werewolf) and Aidan Turner (vampire). Over the past several years, the series has added new cast members, Michael Socha and Damien Molony, with the original cast moving on to other ventures such as Turner being cast in that little known Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit. The brilliant news is that the series continues to be a top-notch horror drama but has now begun to morph into a bit of a subtle commentary on humanity as we know it.

As most BH fans are already aware, back in March 2012, it was revealed that series 5 of Being Human would air in 2013 with six new episodes. Michael Socha and Damien Molony return in their respective roles of Tom (werewolf) and Hal (vampire) along with Kate Bracken as Alex, ‘the new ghost’. Hopefully, not a spoiler at this point for anyone, but Lenora Crichlow will not be returning for series 5 following last seasons finale where she detonates a bomb while holding Eve, apparently killing her and all the Old Ones as well. Annie finally finds her door, having fulfilled her purpose on earth and passes on into the afterlife.

Currently in production, BH5 has flown under the radar until a recent announcement that Phil Davis would join the cast as Captain Hatch. Phil Davis is one of those brilliant actors that you may or may not know the name, but you’ll definitely know his body of work (i.e. Sherlock, Whitechapel, Case Histories, Silk). One can only think of the evil that was Herrick (Adrian Lester) as show producers describe his character, “…Hatch embodies the worst in humanity – he’s bitter, manipulative, obsequious and cruel. And beneath his decrepit exterior there lies within him a dark and toxic secret that could rattle your soul with fear.

I so can’t wait for this. You?

  • Patty

    Toby Whithouse has done an impressive job of dealing with all the cast changes in “Being Human.” I look forward to Season 5. Even more with this news that Phil Davis will be a regular!

    I was momentarily worried that this might mean no more “Whitechapel,” but I found a recent Tellyspotting posting saying that the next season of that series will be filming soon. So all is well! It’s fun that the short seasons of British dramas allow actors to take on vastly different roles in the same year.

    BTW, my local PBS station just started running the Martin Shaw series “Inspector George Gently,” and I was pleased to see Davis in the first episode.