Being Human


This weekend, I was really, really wishing I lived in the U.K. I learned about a show that airs on the BBC that I really, really wish I could watch — but you can’t even watch episodes on the BBC’s website if you live on this side of the Atlantic.

“Being Human” is a horror/drama/comedy about three housemates — Mitchell is a vampire, George is a werewolf, and Annie is a ghost. Mitchell’s a bit of a playa, but he’s on the outs with the rest of the local vampire population because he’s trying to quit drinking blood. George is a completely awkward geek who had to quit his job and flee his family when he found out he turned into a monster every full moon. Annie is extremely insecure and nervous about even leaving the house she died in because she worries she’ll fade away. And while it does have comedic elements, there’s a good bloody splash of horror, too, and it really seems like a very dark show, especially considering the local vampires’ plans for the human population and George’s painful, bone-cracking transformations.

In other words, this show was made for me.

There was a pilot episode on the BBC last February that got so much positive response from viewers that they decided to give it a full season, although they also replaced most of the cast members. You can see the pilot episode on YouTube, along with a few trailers and the highly recommended and very spooky “prequels” for the three main characters.

Anyway, it sucks that I won’t be able to see any more of this show ’til the BBC releases it on DVD in the US. But when they do, bam, I’m snagging this one, job or no job.

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  1. King George Said,

    February 3, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    It’ll be worth the wait, I’ve seen the pilot and the first episode and it’s huge fun. I’m sure it’ll appear on BBC America eventually.

    The BBC’s restriction on iPlayer is really annoying, though to be fair they restrict it to the UK because it’s for license payers only. But that’s not very helpful if you’re stuck in Clovis over Christmas and have to miss the Dr Who special.

  2. Hero Sandwich » News and Reviews Said,

    February 5, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    […] like to point out that “Being Human” — the BBC horror/dramedy I wrote about a couple of days ago — is going to be aired sometime this year on BBC America. Probably won’t mean much to […]

  3. Geoff Said,

    February 16, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

    Wow, Scott! Thanks for posting this! My GF and I had a great time watching the pilot. Will be sure to keep an eye out for it on BBC America!

  4. Scalien Said,

    February 18, 2009 @ 7:04 am

    You can go to the offical website and watch the episodes or you can go to and download the episodes. It is a really great show. Also you can catch some of the episodes on