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Being Human recommissioned

February 26th, 2009 (11:11 am)

A lot of the readers of this journal, particularly in Britain, will be pleased with this news, as reported at Media Guardian. Lots of emphasis on it being aimed at 'young' viewers, and I suppose it is, but it looks like the announcement has been used to show that BBC 3 is successfully catering to its core audience.

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Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)

I'm delighted to hear it. I've really enjoyed the series so far.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)

Yes indeed - there are all sorts of ways in which they could take the final episode, and Owen's turning himself into the police is ominous indeed given Herrick's cover. /speculates

Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

My thoughts exactly.

I just wonder if we will ever find out what Annie said to him?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)

Something along the lines of the 'men with clubs and sticks' mentioned in the pilot, but worse...

Posted by: Mole (megamole)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)

Yay!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)

*chorus of Yay!s*, I think!

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)

Bunn likes it. I don't - just doesn't appeal. Too much of the angsty stuff that BBC3 like so much. Buffy was better (much better).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

The episodes by Toby Whithouse, the show's creator, have been the best-written and felt least like filler, but all of it has been good so far, and I've found the emotions credible rather than obviously manufactured.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)

I agree; good but just too depressing.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)

"..successfully catering to BBC3's core audience" sounds like a recipe for cultural disaster to me. Whilst this wretched channel continues to exist, there'll always be a funding threat to BBC4.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)

In general, I would be happy for BBC 3 to disappear; but Being Human could comfortably find a home on BBC 4, and it might do it good.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
K9

I'm afraid I'm not that thrilled with the news.
I like the show a lot (BTW thanks for your review, which mad me watch it!), but I am a bit worried by the dangers of stringing it out further. There is scope for a satisfactory ending in the next episode (several options!).
I wish they'd leave it at that rather than risk watering it down.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

I think that in defence of the recommissioning decision, Toby Whitehouse and co. have done brave things - Lauren could have hung around for ever, and it was right to kill her off in the way they have - and I am optimistic that there are good stories still to be told.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)

To me that seemed like another suggestion that the story was winding up. The other ones are the door and the attack on Mitchell.

Writing this now makes me wonder if they were keeping their optoins open, so tht it *could* be wrapped up if it wasn't successful.

Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed; I agree there is scope for more stories, but also for problems, e.g. keeping Annie around after the door scene.

Oop, this post is starting to get out of hand. Will shut up now.
:-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 28th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)

If Annie's reason for being on Earth is removed, and she misses her chance, she is going to need a new motivation; but perhaps they all will. Life, I suppose, is like that, which could be the point. Let's see what Mr Whithouse does...

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: March 2nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)

Problem is, life might be interesting while it happens, but it seldom tells a good *story*. Unplanned serialization of an ongoing plot (as opposed to episodic drama or long-term arcs) gets into danger of soapification.

See what happened to Heroes...
or toER, when it started focussing more on the regulars than individual episodes...

But I agree: let's see!