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*SPOILER FREE FOR SERIES FOUR*

A new year begins and we are that little bit closer to a new series of Being Human.  Series four.  Hardly seems possible, surely it can’t have been much more than a year since I was watching the pilot and thinking “Hmmmm, promising…”  In fact it was February 2008, almost four years ago and, my, how much has happened since!

Series one took us through the threat of the supernatural, Herrick’s plans for world domination – or at least Bristol – and we watched George begin to accept his wolf, Annie resolve – and revenge – her death and Mitchell trot back and forth from humans to vampires and back.  And repeat.  OK that’s not entirely fair but he did take some time to make his mind up!  I’m sure in series two he’ll have got that one sorted…

We saw how ghosts go, what the door means, how a werewolf is made and were introduced to the joys of double bagging and the chicken on a string.  Oh, and George got a GF, sort of…

We ended with Herrick in bits, Nina in bits, George in control and the mysterious teaser of Professor Jaggat.

Series two and now the threat was human – not just the mysterious Professor who turned out to be a comely doctor inexplicably (to George) seducing a rather passive, blood free Mitchell.  Kemp, defrocked priest, pervy technician Lloyd and the rather sweet psychic Hennessey made up the opposition and they dangled a cure for lycanthropy in front of Nina’s snout.  New werewolf and unsurprisingly not terribly happy about it she was rather tempted…

Mitchell managed to stay mostly blood free for most of the series but wandered back off to the vampires again.  It’s like the Okey-Cokey isn’t it?!

Finally devious motives were revealed, the vampires were bombed and Mitchell took out a train.   Quite understand – I can’t stand the on-board catering either…

This time we ended with Annie in purgatory, Mitchell in despair and Nina knee-deep (that’s not very deep) in scrapbooks and Pritt Stick.  Oh yes, and Herrick, reassembled, resurrected and howling in the snow.

Series three and our trio have moved. Welcome to the wonderful Barry Island and kitsch refuge Honolulu Heights.  This time the threat was from within – but within where?  And how?  Mitchell rescued Annie, George and Nina got themselves preggers (doggy style…) and we met more werewolves.  Lia’s flirty prediction about the wolf shaped bullet turned out to be a bit of a fib but in the way of these things it became self-fulfilling and George finally did the deed.  Although not until Mitchell had accused every other wolf of being ‘the one’.

In the meantime Herrick’s up in the attic, in turns mad, bad and dangerous to know, bless him.  Annie lost all the powers she ever gained, possibly due to becoming soppily lovesick (but lets not have THAT argument again) while George and Nina were as settled as they ever could be.  In passing we met a zombie, discovered that vampires have devoted, even obsessive fans, where Mitchell buys his boots and that not everything is as you may expect behind the immaculate net curtains of the local carpet magnate…  And that a ghost/vampire/human threesome is not all that straightforward.  Who’d’ve though it?

So, Mitchell staked Herrick, George staked Mitchell, there were tears and snot everywhere and 1000 year old sharp suited Edgar Wyndam popped in to clean up.  Given his air of authority and his ability to enter uninvited I suspect he’ll leave the copious tear and snot stains to someone else.  Marigolds just don’t match the tie…

So – George, Anne and Nina have their loins girded for a fight, a werewolf cub/baby/whatever is imminent, Mitchell’s gone, McNair’s gone, Herrick’s gone (small sob…), Nancy’s gone – or has she? – and they do seem to have got the dead policeman stains out of the carpet…

Phew.

So what to expect from series four???

There are lots of rumours, a few facts and no publicity at all yet.  Are the BBC ashamed of Being Human?  I’ll come to that in another post – I must be due a rant!  I’m not going to speculate here about S4– maybe in another post but no spoilers here of any kind, even the ones already in the public domain.

While we know that the show has to change – and change and development is healthy – I’m pretty sure we can trust Toby Whithouse to give us another series with the same wit and talent in the story-lining and the writing that we’ve had so far.  23 episodes (including the pilot) and not one dud – it’s quite a record.  I concede that some are not as good as others but some are exceptional pieces of television.

Can he do it again?  I don’t see why not…

I certainly hope so.

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