Saturday, 7 March 2009

Not being human anymore

My favourite programme since the mythical first series of Love Soup has come to an end. I watched the pilot for Being Human early last year with a kind of, yeah it's good, but could be so much more, kind of stance. It all felt a bit too self-absorbed cod-World of Darkness. But the programme (first series?), well, wow, really. Within the medium of British television and the constraints placed on programme-makers, I don't think there's anything it could have done better. If you have any affection or interest in horror-monsters, relationship dramas and,well, I guess even social commentary, then you missed out.

It was witty and funny both, Okay, so it couldn't make a fresh and filling meal from the whole vampires-want-to-take-over-the-world scenario. But point out anything of the supernatural persuasion better on television barring Afterlife in the last ten or twenty years. Doctor Who? Kids programme! (Sorry Mr Ecclestone, sir. And yes, I know Toby Whithouse--Being Human's creator--also wrote for Torchwood. Torchwood is also a kids programme, just with lots of sexual references.)

Ooh, look, there's a whole shiny website devoted to it.

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