BBC’s Being Human renewed for series four

John Mitchell may just be a heap of dust these days, but [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]] lives on!

That’s right. Pick yourselves up off the couch and stop sobbing about Aidan Turner’s departure, because George, Annie and Nina will be returning for a fourth series of Being Human.

As I said in my review of the series 3 finale, it was almost a dead cert that Being Human would be renewed – with its ongoing popularity and the success of the spinoff Becoming Human, it would have been a disaster to cancel the series now. Although followers of the Syfy version of Being Human may be less than pleased to discover Mitchell’s fate – after all, their version of the show is only in its first season!

According to the official announcement on the Being Human blog, the fourth series will follow this year’s format, with eight hour-long episodes. The first two series’ of the show ran for only six episodes.

I could give you all the talking head soundbites about this, but I think we’re most interested in what creator Toby Whithouse had to say:

We were overwhelmed by the response to series three, and so we’re absolutely thrilled that the BBC have given us this opportunity to continue our show into a fourth year. We’ve got another intense and epic story lined up for you, with some new faces and old, and even more horror and mayhem and mugs of tea. I can’t wait to get started.

We all have to admit that the third series was a kind of redemption for Being Human – the second series met with lukewarm reception. Series three brought back a warmer dynamic between the housemates, with the exception of Mitchell, who was increasingly isolated due to his own paranoia and his dark secrets.

So, what have fans of the show got to look forward to? Here’s our helpful list:

  1. The aftermath of Mitchell’s death! How will the others cope, knowing that Mitchell’s experiment in living among humans failed? What hope for two werewolves and a ghost if a savvy vampire can’t manage it? On the other hand, they may be liberated by Mitchell’s death. He did bring an awful lot of trouble to their doors.
  2. Annie has untapped potential. One of the biggest complaints about Lenora Crichlow’s character was that the writers never seemed to know what to do with her. It looks like series four will explore the hidden powers that the ghost has, which is potentially an interesting scenario.
  3. Baby Werewolf!!! For fans of Russell Tovey’s shrieking, the notion of George and Nina raising a were-child should bring ample opportunities for comedy. Not to mention the possiblities for this potential new species within the mythology of the show.
  4. Vampire War? With Mitchell dead, does that leave the trio exposed to hostile vampires? Not only can Being Human’s vampire walk during the day, but they can also walk into a house without being invited. Will Edgar Wyndham and his ‘old ones’ be a much bigger threat than *gasp* Herrick?
Lots of nice angles to pursue with the forthcoming series, I’m sure you’ll agree. Don’t forget to read Lisa’s post about how Aidan Turner decided Mitchell should be killed off. Next place you’re likely to see Aidan’s face? How about in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

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