Show 101: Being Human (UK)

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Show: Being Human (the original British series, not the US one)

Premieres: The third season starts on Sunday, January 23, at 9pm on BBC Three.

The Premise: Mitchell (a vampire), his friend George (a werewolf) and George’s girlfriend Nina (now also a werewolf) have just moved from Bristol to Barry Island. They aspire to live normal lives, but face endless barriers because of their inhuman differences. Their close friend Annie (a ghost), who the men lived with for two years, was pulled into purgatory at the end of last season and is now trapped between worlds. As the third season starts Mitchell attempts to rescue her, and bring her spirit back to their new home.

Why You Might Like It: Not your typical supernatural show, Being Human is a satisfying mix of emotional comedy and drama. Whereas other shows in this genre (particularly American ones) concentrate on being controversial or sexy, Being Human offers a more honest take on things. It’s a series about four friends who just want a normal life, despite their extraordinary circumstances, it doesn’t try to overcompensate with sexual scenes or unnecessary violence.

Why You Might Hate It: If you’re looking for a show similar to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, Being Human probably isn’t for you. Yes, it’s about vampires, werewolves and ghosts, but it’s not all glamorous and sexy.

What You Need To Know: Annie (Lenora Crichlow), Mitchell (Aidan Turner), George (Russell Tovey) and Nina (Sinead Keenan) are not the only supernatural beings on Being Human. We have met other ghosts, vampires and werewolves in the last two seasons, as well as an evil doctor called Professor Jaggat who promised to cure some with his experiments, when really he was just killing them.

The most dangerous of the other creatures we’ve seen so far is Herrick, an antagonist vampire who has history with Mitchell. While Mitchell wants to refrain from killing innocents (he has murdered in the past--which you’ll be given history of in the third season debut) Herrick wants him to give in to his rampant blood-sucking urges. This conflict continues in the third season as Herrick returns to taunt Mitchell.

This season, the show welcomes a whole host of new guests stars who’ll play additional supernatural friends and foes. First up is EastEnders’ Lacey Turner who takes on the role of a ghost called Lia, who Mitchell meets on the other side. There’s also Robson Green (Wire in the Blood) and Michael Socha (This is England ‘86) who join on a more reoccurring basis as a father and son werewolf duo. Meanwhile, in the vampire camp there’s twisted McNair (played by Paul Kaye) and teenager Adam (played by Craig Roberts).

Interview: For even more clues about what's to come this season check out our interview with Sinead Keenan, who plays Nina the werewolf!