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New York – June 5, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s supernatural series, Being Human, returns for its explosive final chapter this July. Concluding its five-season run, three unconventional housemates – Vampire Hal (Damien Molony), Werewolf Tom (Michael Socha, Once Upon a Time) and Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken), navigate a turbulent world, searching for their lost humanity. But things quickly turn dangerous when the trio realize the greatest evil known – the Devil – is wandering the earth in the shape of a man, set to conquer and rule the world. The roommates will battle this ultimate enemy in an epic showdown to save both humans and supernaturals and in the end, their souls. Being Human premieres Saturday, July 13, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Supernatural Saturday.
Creator and Lead Writer, Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who, Torchwood), promises a grand ending to the series, stating “Consequently we’ve created what I hope you’ll agree is an epic, thrilling and shocking finale that’ll keep the fans guessing and speculating for years to come.”
At the end of season four, viewers witnessed former housemate and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow, Back in the Game) meeting her supernatural end when she saved the world from being ruled by the powerful vampire group “The Old Ones.” Now, Hal and Tom have a new ghost in the midst of their Honolulu Heights home in Alex – a vibrant tomboy who lost her life to a vampire’s fangs in retribution for a crime Hal committed 100 years earlier. After being marooned to the afterlife by Hal, their former romance turned sour. With Hal reeling from guilt and desperately trying to tame his thirst, this season sees him conflicted between his hedonistic vampire instincts and being an upright citizen. Meanwhile, Tom’s ambition is to gain confidence and progress in life. He is determined to get noticed by his peers and prepared to take action to make it happen – but at what cost?
With bills to pay, Hal and Tom find new employment at the Barry Grand Hotel. The hotel, however, is the home of a poisonous retiree, Captain Hatch (Phil Davis, Whitechapel, Sherlock), who on the surface seems to be a grumpy old man. But unbeknownst to them, he hides a dark secret that threatens not only the housemates’ friendships but the entire world. Obscurely, Captain Hatch manipulates the way the trio feels about each other and suddenly minor disagreements turn into major conflicts. Gradually, their treasured trust decreases and Hal, Tom and Alex’s common goal – to find humanity – becomes more distant than ever before.
This final season also sees Mr. Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the world from supernaturals, battling to hold on to his power. Much to his horror, the government intends to close his organization due to high running costs. Attempting to justify his association’s existence and keep his job, Mr. Rook creates problems to prove the danger posed by supernaturals.
In a town where a threat is lurking around every corner and where the Devil is growing stronger each day, Hal, Tom and Alex need to overcome their differences and unite in order to save themselves and the world from destruction. Even the best of friends can become enemies in a ruthless world, but collectively they will try to rise against the evil like true heroes.
Being Human is produced by Touchpaper Wales (part of Zodiak Media Group), Cymru Wales for the BBC and co-produced by BBC AMERICA.
CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS
Tom – Michael Socha
Hal – Damien Molony
Alex – Kate Bracken
Mr. Rook – Steven Robertson
Captain Hatch – Phil Davis
Creator and Lead Writer – Toby Whithouse
Director – Philip John
Executive Producer – Toby Whithouse
Producer – Polly Buckle
EPISODE ONE – SATURDAY, JULY 13, 10:00PM ET/PT
Chained up like an animal, Hal frantically requests to be set free by best-friend Tom and new housemate Alex. Once released, Hal is accidentally involved in innocent bystander Crumb’s (Colin Hoult, Life’s Too Short) death and “saves” him by recruiting him as a vampire. But the disobedient vampire proves to be difficult to handle. Meanwhile, Mr. Rook (Steven Robertson, Ripper Street), a civil servant in charge of keeping supernaturals at bay, is told that his secret department is being shut down.
EPISODE TWO – SATURDAY, JULY 20, 10:00PM ET/PT
Alex feels like the house is haunted by another ghost, but Hal and Tom aren’t convinced. Besides, they have more important things to think about, like the Employee of the Month Competition at the hotel they are desperate to win. In the interim, Captain Hatch secretly turns Hal and Tom’s contest into a competitive battle… Meanwhile, Mr. Rook has a plan to justify his secret government department by using the new and slightly unhinged Vampire Crumb to show the importance of keeping supernaturals under control.
EPISODE THREE – SATURDAY, JULY 27, 10:00PM ET/PT
Television weatherman Larry Chrysler (Julian Barratt, The Mighty Boosh) is successful – beauty-queen wife, sharp suits and flashy cars – but he is also untrustworthy and not what he seems. However, Tom doesn’t realize any of that because he is enamored with Larry and sees him as a new mentor. Meanwhile, Hal meets his old ghost friend Lady Mary (Amanda Hale, Ripper Street), which sparks intense jealousy from Alex.
EPISODE FOUR – SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 10:00PM ET/PT
Mr. Rook is desperate as his government department inches closer to its end and in order to prevent it from happening, he sets off searching for private investors. Ahead of his trip, he leaves Bobby (Ricky Grover, EastEnders) – a werewolf who has been on lockdown for decades – under Tom’s supervision. However, Captain Hatch has other plans for Bobby. While Hal is entrusted with getting vampire Crumb in order, Alex is not so sure he can be managed.
EPISODE FIVE – SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 10:00PM ET/PT
Tom falls for new hotel staff member Natasha (Kathryn Prescott, Skins), but she has come to the attention of Hal for seedier reasons. Meanwhile, Alex is positive there is something suspect about hotel resident Captain Hatch. Reeling from unfortunate occurrences at the hotel, Alex is determined to get to the bottom of it, even if it means putting her safety at risk.
EPISODE SIX – SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 10:00PM ET/PT
In the shocking series finale, hotel resident Captain Hatch is determined to cause as much chaos and devastation as possible. While Hal is turning excessively malicious, Tom has returned to his default setting – vampire killer. Alex, knowing the truth about Captain Hatch, needs to join the trio in order to prevent Captain Hatch’s plan – but at what cost to humanity?
TOM (Michael Socha)
Tom has spent his life on a mission: to kill vampires.?He moved into Honolulu Heights after his beloved father-figure McNair was killed. Putting his nomadic lifestyle behind him and trying his best to squash his vampire-killing instincts, Tom soon became an emotional rock for his housemates. Learning to live a normal life is challenging for Tom but he is striving to stay positive.
HAL (Damien Molony)
Hal has been a vampire for more than 500 years and the temptation for blood and carnage still rules his every waking thought. Although his standoffish nature and over-controlling tendencies initially sparked some tension between Tom and him, their incredible journey has led them to become best friends. At the end of season four, Tom and Alex strapped Hal to a chair in order to rehabilitate him from craving blood… but will it prove wise to release him?
ALEX (Kate Bracken)
Alex, the newest housemate in Honolulu Heights, is adjusting to life after death. She misses her family passionately but knows she is lucky to have two friends in Hal and Tom to face it with – though she would never admit that. In the final season, we follow Alex as she hunts for her human body, and see her come face to face with her greatest fears.
But it seems we’ll have to wait just a bit longer.
The show’s 5th series was set to premiere on BBC America on June 8th; however, the network has pushed it back to June 13th at 10pm.
Being Human final season premieres June 8 and new mini-series In The Flesh premieres August 3
New York – Thursday, April 4 – BBC AMERICA announced today the channel will premiere new co-production In The Flesh and the final season of the hit original Being Human series this summer as part of Supernatural Saturday. The new three-part drama, In the Flesh, created and written by Dominic Mitchell, is set after a zombie uprising where treated zombies are rehabilitated back into society. The upcoming co-productions announcement was made following the successful launch of the channel’s new Supernatural Saturday line-up with new episodes of the Peabody-winning series Doctor Who, new original series Orphan Black and new original series The Nerdist.
Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA, commented: “We are excited to again be working with the BBC on creating world-class supernatural series. We are building our Supernatural Saturday programming block as the premiere destination for what our audience loves – bold and original storytelling in a genre that transcends borders.”
IN THE FLESH (3 x 60) – US PREMIERE
In The Flesh is a BBC Drama Production North co-produced by BBC AMERICA. The series follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family.After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. Jonny Campbell is director, Ann Harrison-Baxter is producer and Hilary Martin is executive producer. In The Flesh premieres Saturday, August 3, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Supernatural Saturday.
BEING HUMAN (6 x 60) – US PREMIERE
Being Human is produced by Touchpaper Wales, a Zodiak Media Company, for BBC Cymru Wales and BBC AMERICA. In the final season of BBC AMERICA’s hit original Being Human series, ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom (Michael Socha), but vampire Hal (Damien Molony) is in hell. Not because he’s chained up like an animal, but because he’s desperate to clean up the messy house. When Tom and Alex decide to set him free, Hal’s wracked by uncertainty… can he control his bloodlust? Things get complicated with the return of Mr. Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the world from supernaturals. Having been fired from the café, Hal and Tom find new employment at the Barry Grand Hotel, home to poisonous pensioner Captain Hatch (Phil Davis). Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship but also the entire world. Lead writer is Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and the fifth season is produced by Polly Buckle. Executive producers are Toby Whithouse, Rob Pursey and Philip Trethowan, Touchpaper Television, and George Ormond for BBC Cymru Wales.Being Human returns Saturday, June 8, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Supernatural Saturday.
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SUNDAY, MAY 12 8 pm Once Upon A Time WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 8 pm Arrow
9 pm Supernatural THURSDAY, MAY 16 8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm Beauty and the Beast SATURDAY, MAY 18 8 pm Doctor Who
TUESDAY, MAY 21 9 pm Grimm FRIDAY, May 21 10:00 pm Merlin Series Finale
SUNDAY, June 9
9 pm Game of Thrones
Summer Series Premieres To Make Note Of…
Teen Wolf: June 3rd – Season Premiere (MTV)
In the Flesh: June 6-8 – Mini-Series (BBC America)
Falling Skies: June 9th – Season Premiere (TNT)
True Blood: June 16th – Season Premiere (HBO)
Being Human: July 13 – Season Premiere (BBC America) – FINAL SERIES
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PRESS RELEASE – BBC Three’s supernatural trio will confront the ultimate evil in the final episodes of Being Human.
It was announced today that the current series of Being Human will be the last, as the supernatural drama on BBC Three reaches an apocalyptic end, with our heroes facing their toughest adversary yet… the Devil!
Being Human first aired as a stand-alone pilot in 2008 and soon became a popular addition to BBC Three’s schedule. It has gained a loyal Sunday night audience, with a ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million.
Being Human’s extraordinary mix of drama, comedy and horror has earned the programme awards: The Writer’s Guild Award for ‘Best TV Drama Series’ in 2009, 2010 and 2012, as well as ‘Best Drama Series’ at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.
The show’s success is a combination of innovative storytelling and dark humour which shines a light on the human condition through its supernatural characters.
At its heart was always the supernatural trinity of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost: three beings attempting to live normal lives among humans, often with disastrous consequences as they fight against their unearthly powers.
Rob Pursey, the show’s executive producer, Touchpaper says: “Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. 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.
“I’d like to take the chance to thank Toby Whithouse (creator and writer) for his incredible writing and storytelling; the other screenwriters who’ve made the series their own; the three producers who’ve nurtured the show; and the many directors who’ve helped us establish the show’s unique tone. Being Human has also opened the door to new acting talent, including some incredibly exciting younger actors, which is a legacy we all feel proud of. We will miss Being Human, but feel inspired that there is a place for series like this on British television.”
Being Human started with Mitchell (Aiden Turner), a 117-year-old vampire with the gift of the gab who refused to prey on humans; George (Russell Tovey), a reluctant werewolf with an extraordinarily high IQ; and Annie (Lenora Crichlow), a murdered woman who returns as a ghost and eventually saves the world.
The show has also attracted a great number of all-star guests, including Mark Williams, Mark Gatiss, Steven Robertson, Donald Sumpter, Lacey Turner and Robson Green, to name a few.
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, says: “Being Human has been a fantastic and faithful friend to BBC Three. It’s featured some truly exceptional actors and storylines through the years and I’d like to thank Toby and the production team for their vision and passion. However, all good things come to an end and at BBC Three we’re committed to breaking new shows and new talent and who better to pass that baton on than Toby.”
Series five sees our supernatural trio facing their own personal demons, and matters become more complicated with the return of Mr Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the human world from otherworldly beings.
But Vampire Hal (Damien Molony), Werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) don’t realise they face a bigger threat than the Men in Grey, when they stumble across the decrepit and repulsive Captain Hatch (Phil Davis).
Unknown to our trio, Hatch’s feeble exterior hides an ancient evil… because Captain Hatch is the Devil himself and has been trapped in human form for centuries!
Now the father of all evil is just itching to inflict chaos on mankind, but can our heroes survive the oncoming Armageddon unscathed?
Sunday 17 February
When Tom meets minor TV personality Larry Chrysler, he’s inspired by Larry’s lifestyle and goes about learning how to be successful from his new mentor – but is Larry everything that he claims to be?
Meanwhile, Hal is dressed to impress and secretly off to meet an old friend called Lady Mary (Amanda Hale). Alex’s curiosity gets the better of her and she sneaks off to follow Hal, but soon discovers some worrying similarities between herself and Lady Mary.
Starring Damien Molony (Hal), Michael Socha (Tom), Kate Bracken (Alex), Phil Davis (Captain Hatch), Steven Robertson (Mr Rook), Julian Barrett (Larry) and Amanda Hale (Lady Mary).