TV Review: Being Human

From a TV show nobody has heard of (see my post on Criminal Minds) to one pretty much everybody has heard of: Being Human. I know, I know, I am vastly out of the loop - you've been here before right? But in between my kick of wanting to clear out my DVDs and my lack of gainful employment, I've spent the past couple of weeks working my way through the first three series of Being Human. Partly because that was the box set I had, and partly because of an issue with whether or not to carry on which will become apparent later.

In the unlikely event you've been living under a rock for the past five years, Being Human is about George and Mitchell - a werewolf and a vampire respectively - who move into a house in Bristol that's haunted by the ghost of Annie, whose ex-fiance happens to be the boys' landlord. From there, it evolves into a hybrid of a brilliantly witty situation comedy as they attempt to navigate life and love, and various rumblings in the supernatural world that threaten to bring down the trio's cosy little world and end their attempts at being 'normal', including the reappearance of vampires Mitchell has known and loved (or not), more new werewolves - there are a lot of new werewolves, in various forms - and Annie's attempts to get out of the limbo she's in and either be seen or pass over. The second series ramps it up with the emergence of a mysterious religious organisation and a truly terrifying fate for Annie, whilst the third sees our heroes move to a B&B on Barry Island. It's smart, funny, full of heart and easily the best thing to come out of BBC Three.

Now I've come to the end of series three, and I'm debating what to do next without plot spoiling this for anyone. As two of the three main characters are no longer in the shows after the first episode of series four, and frankly I've felt that in comparison to the first two the third series is not as good - don't get me wrong, it's had some moments of brilliance and I've loved that there was more put into the George/Mitchell relationship, but I just haven't had as much of an 'ohmyGodImustwatchthenextepisoderightnowjobapplicationscanwaitthankGodforboxsets' feeling as I did with the first and particularly the second series, as well as feeling like it took a lot longer to get going and possibly putting a bit too much emphasis on the comedy, at least in the earlier episodes. But equally, I've enjoyed the first two series so much that I almost feel guilty abandoning it without seeing if it gets any better.

So I'm throwing this one open. Do I stick with it for the next two series? Points in favour of this are that one of the characters I like is still in it for a bit, and I do like one of the characters introduced in the third series who then gets bumped up to being a regular. On the other hand, it just hasn't been the same since they left Bristol, and the main character who is staying was one who I always found a bit annoying (again despite some absolutely cracking story arcs). Answers on a postcard or in a comment please...

Oh, and if like me you haven't seen it but want to, the first three series are available on Amazon for £15 (series 1 to 5 is £35 for comparison), or you can rent all five on DVD from Lovefilm.

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