British “Being Human” Cancelled

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After five seasons, the British version of Being Human has been given a pink slip by the BBC.

It was announced today that the current season will be the last one for the genre series.

In a post on his blog, creator Toby Whitehouse issued the following statement:

I know many of them [the fans] will be disappointed that the show isn’t returning, but all good things come to an end.

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. 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.

But much like the cast change from seasons 3 to 4, we viewed the news as an opportunity. It meant I could actually write a climax for the show, instead of it just popping out to the shops at the end of season 5 and never coming back. You’ve no idea how rare that is in television, and what a great opportunity it is to write something suitably definitive and satisfactory.

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.

Then Being Human will belong to them. Once the credits on episode 6 roll, the future of all those characters will exist in the imagination of the audience, to do with as they please. But in a way the show always did belong to the fans. Their tenacity, passion and loyalty are what kept the show going and provided inspiration to everyone working on it.

Comments

  1. This comes as no surprise. Once the original characters left it was curtains for the show. I couldn’t get invested in the new ones.

  2. Yeah, it really jumped the shark last season, especially after they seemed to finish up the story with the whole “save the future” trope being resolved.

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