BBC axes Bristol-born sci fi series Being Human
THE BBC is to axe sci-fi series Being Human, three years after the show was moved from Bristol to be filmed at a specialist drama unit in South Wales.
The show, which followed the story of a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf living in Totterdown, was filmed in Bristol for its first two series, and featured scenes including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol General Hospital.
But the production was moved to Wales at the end of series two in 2009, just weeks after the announcement that Casualty would also be moved out of the city.
But today the Beeb has announced that Being Human will be canned for good following the end of series five.
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Being Human first aired as a stand-alone pilot in 2008 and soon became a popular addition to BBC Three’s schedule. It gained a loyal Sunday night audience, with a ratings high of 1.6 million and a highest average audience of 1.2 million.
Rob Pursey, the show’s executive producer, said: “Working on Being Human has been a truly great experience. From the first one-hour pilot, all the way through to this climactic series, we’ve been given real creative freedom and encouragement. It's a credit to BBC Three that such an unusual idea has been allowed to flourish and evolve in its own unique way.”
Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three, said: “All good things come to an end and at BBC Three we’re committed to breaking new shows and new talent.”
But some viewers felt that the show lost some of its charm after being taken away from its home city.
Writer Toby Whitehouse had originally fought for Being Human to be set in Bristol – as a BBC Wales commission, there was always a strong desire for the series to be filmed in the principality.
"It was a BBC Wales commission," he told the BBC Writer's Room website. "Imagine a circle radiating out from Wales. We had to do it in Wales or a very limited number of other places. We couldn't have set it in Scotland or Brighton or anything like that as it was a BBC Wales show.
"Because it seemed as though every single drama was happening in Cardiff – Doctor Who and Torchwood and so on – we thought Cardiff was getting a bit crowded. So we decided to set it in Bristol."
Toby said there is a darkness to Bristol's history that also lent itself to the show.
"There's a scene in the first series when Mitchell is asked why he's settled in Bristol, and he talks about the slave trade and so on. So it seemed like the right kind of place for him."